Apple iOS 12 released: Top new features, how to download and more

Apple Watch Series 4 Vs Series 3, 44 / 42 mm Vs 40 / 38mm Size Comparison

Apple Watch Series 4 Vs Series 3, 44 / 42 mm Vs 40 / 38mm Size Comparison

Apple's apps in the App Store are usually only available there since they're not as directly tied into the OS in how they work, they aren't necessarily used by every single user of Apple devices, and they can be updated out of step with the annual release cycle.

Apple iOS 12, the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, will be available for download tonight for the general public. For older iPhones, Apple notes that apps now launch up to twice as fast, while camera launches are up to 70 percent faster, and the keyboard appears up to 50 percent faster. AR in iOS 12 is an even more realistic mix of the virtual and real world with support for image detection and tracking, making it possible to detect 3D objects and automatically apply reflections.

Addressing the concept of overuse iOS 12 introduces "screen time", another new feature provides users with detailed information and tools to help them manage the time they spend with apps and websites, including the ability to set app limits.

Sabri Haddouche is a software engineer and security researcher who works at Wire (the instant messaging app, not the website) and he did more than just discover this bug.

Apart from the performance related improvements, there are other great features too such as Memoji that allows you to turn yourself into an emoji so you can share your wonderful little creation with other using iMessage.

Perhaps the biggest feature of iOS 12 is to create Siri Shortcuts.

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iOS 12, like many other previous iOS updates, is a major update for your iPhone.

The app is now available on the Siri watch face in watchOS 5
The app is now available on the Siri watch face in watchOS 5

Several of us here at TidBITS have been using iOS 12 betas all summer, and it has been a largely positive experience.

Earlier today, Apple released its new Siri Shortcuts iOS app, which came in the form of an update to the existing Workflow app, which Apple acquired last spring. You can also access the DND schedule setting from here.

The result shows up on the lock screen!

How to download, install iOS 12 One of the easiest ways to download the latest software is to wait for Over-the-Air (OTA) update on your phone.

Despite nothing that really wows people, iOS 12 received largely positive reviews. As the name implies, the AR-based Measure app lets you get precise measurement of any object.

Select Download and Install.

You'll also want to be on the lookout for bugs and keep an eye on your device's performance in key areas like battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple has finally fixed this plague by grouping notifications from the same app together.

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