Apple gave a preview of the upcoming version 12 of their iOS on June 4th at the WWDC 2018. With a slew of new features, it looks much improved compared to the previous iteration iOS 11.
Of all the features announced, I find the following most useful:
- Grouped notifications – notifications from each app will be grouped together. So, it is going to be much easier to deal with them. I personally feel this is much better than the serial notifications which we receive right now. Clearing them takes up so much time if you haven’t been paying attention to the lock screen for a while.
- Screen time – iOS 12 gives detailed reports of screen time for apps and websites. This is very helpful to restrict your usage on certain apps if you feel you are spending too much time on them. The feature can also be used by parents to monitor and restrict usage of apps by their children.
- For You tab on photos app – This is similar to the feature provided on Google photos app. It brings up nostalgic memories and I have discovered many forgotten photos from years past,while using the feature on Google photos.
- Group FaceTime – interesting feature. A cool thing is that the image of whoever is speaking enlarges a little on screen, so you know who is speaking!
The entire OS is supposed to be much faster than before, with apps opening faster, camera opening faster. Some fun features like memojis,shared AR experiences appear as well. All the new updates can be seen here.
The developer preview of iOS 12 is already available on developer.apple.com. Public beta will be announced later this month and the final version, as expected, will be available later this year – September perhaps.
Apple continues to support all iPhones from 5s onwards! That’s right, all devices which got the iOS 11 will get iOS 12 too! A great way to say thanks to their faithful customers.