Apple Introduces Huge iOS 12 Update with Loads of New Features

Additionally, iOS 12 will introduce ARKit 2, a new and improved version of the augmented reality (AR) platform Apple released previous year.

Taken together, the moves announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose amounted to focusing on keeping its base of 1.3 billion users satisfied with their devices and catching up with some competitors.

Apple has unveiled new features to cure you of your iPhone addiction as part of its latest iOS 12 update. With it, iPhones users can see how much time they're spending on their phones and for what. A new Do Not Disturb during Bedtime mode will dim you iPhone's display and hide all alerts until the morning. On iOS 12, up to 32 people will be able to call into a FaceTime chat, which is probably unnecessary, but also pretty awesome. Notifications will also be more interactive, allowing users to rate a driver or check into their flight right from the notification on their watch. The feature will provide a weekly breakdown of device usage: how long you are using each app for, when you're using each app, how often you unlock your phone, and where the most notifications come from.

Do Not Disturb has been updated so that it can be disabled at certain times, locations, or after certain actions. iOS 12 also gives users more options on how they can manage notifications so that they can be delivered quietly or turned off completely.

Additionally, Apple added a ghost, koala, tiger and t-rex dinosaur Animoji. Apple will also be releasing a new Shortcuts API for developers to take advantage of if they wish. Parents will also be able to limit app time from another device and lock access based on age appropriate content. It also has the same name as my cat, so good choice Apple.

Particularly in light of the battery scandal that saw Apple throttling some older iPhones, it seemed like a clear response to the long-time criticism that the company fosters planned obsolescence to get users to upgrade to the latest gear. They're encrypting data used to "fingerprint" devices and tie them to you, shutting down tracking cookies from social networks like Facebook.

That's because two big features are coming to iOS 12: tongue detection on Animoji and personalized Memoji. Skin tone, hairstyle, outfits, accessories, and more can all be switched up from your phone. Accelerated performance, grouped notifications, and Memoji are only the beginning of what the new software has to offer. In a preview during yesterday's keynote, iOS 12 was teased for its boosts to device performance.

The update includes support for multi-player AR games, additional features for the Siri digital assistant, and new ways to search for photos, block notifications and conduct FaceTime video conference calls.

Siri Shortcuts: a new feature that lets third-party apps add actions/shortcuts for Siri, so they can be triggered by your voice.

The operating systems themselves won't be available to the general public until the Fall, but Apple announced an earlier public beta program for eager iPhone, iPad and Mac users.

Apple is bringing some classic iOS apps to its desktop, including News, Voice Memos, Stocks and Home.

  • Arturo Norris