MANILA, Philippines - Apple put the latest version of their iOS mobile operating system front and center at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday, June 4.
The new update – simply called iOS 12 – is bringing a number of new features and improvements with it. We've rounded up the most notable of the iOS 12 additions below.
Apple is hoping to right previous wrongs by improving performance with the new update.
Instead of slowing down devices, iOS 12 is said to launch apps twice as fast even on much older devices like the iPhone 5s.
iOS 12 expands on the roster of Animoji introduced with the iPhone X by adding a koala, a tiger, a ghost, and a T-rex. Meanwhile, users can now create and personalize their own Animoji called MeMoji. All these now feature more expressions with the inclusion of winks and tongue movement. Both can be used in FaceTime and Messages where they can be coupled with a set of new effects and filters.
Drawing large cheers from the crowd was the announcement of Group FaceTime that allowed as many as 30 people to video chat with one another. Participants can easily drop in and join ongoing sessions using Apple’s devices which now includes the Apple Watch for audio conversations.
Apple’s digital assistant, Siri got quite an upgrade with it now being able to suggest actions in certain times such as ordering coffee in the morning. On top of this, the unveiled Shortcuts app lets users program Siri to perform a series of actions with a single voice command.
The update features ARKit 2 which provides new tools to create better augmented reality (AR) experiences. Apple even partnered with animation studio, Pixar to create usdz, an AR file format that lets users experience the technology in apps like News, Messages, and Safari.
Screen Time and Do Not Disturb
Just to make sure people don’t get preoccupied with their mobile devices, Apple is adding detailed data and statistics of user activity, it’s calling Screen Time. Users can now restrict themselves from using certain apps by setting time limits or locking it out completely. Additionally, there is a Do Not Disturb mode that can hide notifications during the night when people should be sleeping.