On June 25th, Apple rolled out the iOS 12 Beta to the public, for those of you who don’t know what a Beta is, it’s basically the second generation of development. First, the company will develop an Alpha, which is the first prototype, then the Beta which will have multiple versions if they have made changes/updates to the software. And then, after all this testing the company will debug the software and make it run smoothly...well, that’s the dream anyway. As most of you will know the company’s are always rolling out updates to fix bugs and nothing is ever perfect.
Let’s run through some of the new features of iOS 12:
Apple aims to make the new software run faster than ever, with a higher performance and greater response time. On their website they state that swiping to the camera will be 70% faster, a 50% faster keyboard display and 2x faster app launch when under heavy app usage. And there is some good news for owners of the older generations of iPhones: “These enhancements improve performance on all supported devices, going all the way back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air.”
Facetime with 32 people
You can now Facetime with up to 32 people at once (including yourself), the screen will be full of small tiles and as the person speaks the tile will increase in size so you know who it is that is talking.
Create an ‘Animoji’
Animoji’s are like 3D stickers and you can customise them to look like you - then send them to friends. You can make as many as you like and insert them into messages and Facetime. Along with this there are also premade Animoji’s of animals you can use to liven up your Facetime calls.
ARKit 2 is designed to make it easier for developers to create a more ‘immersive augmented reality experience’. You can also send AR objects through messages and mail which can then be viewed in the ‘real world’. And they have also developed a new AR app called measure, which allows you to measure real-life objects - impressive. AR has so many uses including, education, work and play.
Screentime is a new app that allows you to see how long your child spends on each app and which apps they use the most.
The new iOS will allow you to take control of your notifications, with ‘muting’ and making notifications ‘quiet’. You can manage them from the lock screen now in real time. And now, Siri makes smart suggestions about your notifications and how you use your apps.
Do not disturb
When you turn on DND sometimes you forget about it and miss important messages. Now, you can tailor your DND to turn off/on at certain times and locations. So, if you arrive at work your DND can be turned off as soon as you arrive, I mean, who works until they arrive at work?
Share photos with the people in them
Now when you take pictures it will suggest sharing them with the people that are in the pictures - smart or creepy? You decide.
Now, you can refine your photo search to find the exact photo you are looking for. You can start typing names/place and it will suggest the most relevant result. At the top of your photos, there will be suggestions of recent places you’ve been or people you’ve taken pictures with.
Siri can now use third-party apps to help you find better ways to get to work or suggest other things that will help your daily routine.
iOS has always had inbuilt encryption and it will also now help you secure your online browsing as well. Safari will now prevent share and comment buttons from tracking you without your permission and also prevents advertisers from collecting your devices unique characteristics so you can feel safer browsing the net.
On top of all these new updates, they have also updated and improved many of the other features already on iOS such as Apple books, stocks app, the memo app, Apple news and Siri.
What do you like about iOS? And what makes you loyal to the brand?
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