The 10 Best Features of Apple’s New iOS 12

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Following in the footsteps of launching their new line of iPhones, Apple has released their latest software update. The new iOS 12 is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience faster and more responsive.

iOS 12 introduces a higher level of efficiency with new apps and improvements to performance functionality and Siri features. You can multi-task better than ever before with up to 40% faster app launching and 50% faster keyboard display and touch response. Here are some of the best features and improvements in the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

  1. Siri Shortcuts
    As Siri learns your routines, you will get intelligent suggestions for shortcuts based on how you interact with your phone. Siri will automatically identify common tasks and app use, displaying notifications on your lock screen to make your life as efficient as possible. For instance, Siri will detect your location and compare it to your calendar and suggest sending a message to a meeting organizer if you’re running late. You can create or customize your own shortcuts to help Siri automate everything you need to master your professional and personal life.
  2. Measuring App
    Apple just freed up one more space on your toolbelt with their new measuring app. This app uses augmented reality to act as a tape measure or ruler, measuring objects around you with your phone’s camera.
  3. Screen Time
    Go beyond insights with Screen Time and get complete control over how you use your devices. Reports will give you a breakdown across shared devices of the time you’re spending on specific apps and even how many times you pick up your phone in an hour. You can set time limits on apps to reduce distractions and make your screen time more efficient. This comes in handy at the office and over the weekend when the kids get their hands on your iPad for some game time.
  4. Automatic Software Update
    A new option allows iOS software updates to be installed automatically, so you will always have the latest operating system. When you enable this setting, software updates will be installed overnight.
  5. Instant Tuning Notifications
    Just like Screen Time gives you more insight and control of your devices, Instant Tuning gives you new ways to reduce interruptions throughout your day. You can now manage your notifications directly from the lock-screen or turn them off altogether without having to dig through your settings. Your message threads and notification topics are now grouped together to make it easier to see what’s important at a glance. Siri will also make suggestions about your alerts based on how you interact with them.
  6. FaceTime
    Conference calls with large teams across the globe just got easier. FaceTime now supports video and audio chat with up to 32 people at once. The window of the person talking will always be front and center, so you never lose track of the conversation. FaceTime also has end-to-end encryption for both one-on-one and group calls, so your conversations remain private and viewable only by the participants.
  7. CarPlay
    CarPlay already offers your iPhone experience on your car’s built-in display with Siri voice control to give you a safer way to make calls, send and receive messages, and get directions. With iOS 12, CarPlay now supports third-party navigation apps, giving drivers more options for route details. CarPlay can predict where you’re going using addresses from your phone and provide directions and nearby amenities with your preferred navigation app.
  8. Do Not Disturb
    Now you can turn on Do Not Disturb and forget about it. iOS 12 has added intelligence to this useful app to help you avoid disruptions based on your location, action, or time of day. So now you can set Do Not Disturb for a meeting and it will automatically turn off as soon as it ends.
  9. Photo Search
    No longer do you have to scroll through your photos to find what you’re looking for. You can now use a search bar to find photos using names, places, events, and objects. Smart suggestions will start populating results before you even finish typing, so you can find and share your photos faster than ever before.
  10. Privacy
    Apple’s iOS has always been designed with built-in encryption, on-device intelligence, and other tools that let you share what you want on your terms. With iOS 12, Safari now prevents share buttons and comment widgets on web pages from tracking you without your permission. Safari also prevents advertisers from collecting your device’s unique characteristics, so they can’t identify your device or retarget ads to you across the web.

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