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iOS 12 is now available with more performance, Memoji, bundled notifications, Siri Shortcuts and more!

Who tested the iOS 12 From the earliest beta releases, there's no doubt about it: it's definitely a more polished and faster system. Even on older models of iPhones and iPads, the twelfth version of iOS has given "a new life" and we are talking about trial versions, not the final. In total there were 12 builds released by Apple in the testing period, which began on June 4.

It was months of waiting and a new release record for developers and participants of the Apple Beta Software Program. But if you bravely resisted the attempts to install a ?still under development? version, your time has come: the company has just released the final verse from iOS 12 (with same build as version Golden master16A366) for all users of compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPods touch.

Check out the list of devices that can receive the system:

iPhone cone with iOS 12 iPhones

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

iPod cone with iOS 12 iPods touch

iPad icon with iOS 12 iPads

  • 12.9 inch iPad Pro (2 generation)
  • 12.9 inch iPad Pro (1 generation)
  • 10.5 inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7 inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

In addition to these devices, iOS 12 also comes with audioOS 12 the latest version of the operating system running on HomePod. Check out all his news in our other article.

What's New in iOS 12

Before getting into the big news itself, if you're curious you'll like to browse the iOS 12 screenshot galleries we posted here on MacMagazine. There are so many images covering basically every aspect and detail of the system, so be sure to check them out: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

PERFORMANCE

Camera Performance on iOS 12

As I said above, performance is one of the great differentials of iOS 12. Want examples? In practice, Apple promises up to 70% faster performance to access the camera, up to 50% faster to display the keyboard and up to 2x faster to open apps under intense activity (all tested on an iPhone 6 Plus).

The animations are more fluid and faster throughout the system. When you open Control Center, use the multitasking features or navigate apps, all the more fluid and uninterrupted.

MEMOJI

If last year the Animojis were big news, this time we have the Memojis. They are basically faces that can be customized to the smallest detail, thus creating a digital representation to call your own. You can create as many characters as you want to use in both Messages and FaceTime.

Animoji and Memoji on iOS 12

And speaking of Animojis, they also got new features on iOS 12, more precisely new characters (koala, tiger, ghost and tyrannosaurus), language recognition and blinking, and recordings lasting 30 seconds instead of just 15! ?

INCREASED REALITY

Thanks to ARKit 2, developers can now create more engaging experiences using augmented reality, allowing, for example, multiple people to participate in these experiences at the same time. Augmented reality objects can now be sent via the Messaging or Mail app and then viewed in the real world. IOS 12 also has a new app called Measure (Measure) which allows you to measure real objects using only camera and augmented reality.

Augmented Reality on iOS 12

If you would like to see real examples of what is being done with this kind of technology, visit this page from Apple.

TIME OF USE

IOS 12 Usage Time

Usage Time is a feature that lets you understand how much time you and your children spend accessing apps, visiting websites, and using their devices as a whole. Weekly reports on app usage, notifications and even how many times you have taken the device are generated! All of this is meant to make you better and more aware of the time you spend on your iPhone or iPad, including allowing you to adjust and control how much time you want to spend each day on a specific app, site or app category.

NOTICES AND DISTURB

Beyond finally! repackaging notifications from the same app to make it easier to organize and clear notifications, iOS iOS 12 now features instant tweaks. This means that by the notification itself, you have access to a ?control panel? to change the settings so that such notification interrupts you less throughout the day. You can send specific app alerts to Notification Center or disable notifications altogether.

Notifications and Do Not Disturb on iOS 12

For those times when you don't want to be interrupted by any alerts, messages, or calls, you can enable No Disturb in a smarter way, either in situations (a meeting) or specific locations (at the movies or in college). When the event is over or you go elsewhere, the feature is automatically disabled.

PHOTOS

Photo sharing just got easier thanks to the new ?For You? tab, which features highlights from your photo library and automatic sharing suggestions with your friends and family that appear in photos. If your friends are using iOS 12, they will also be notified to share the photos they took at the same event.

Photos on iOS 12

Search Tips will help you find the photo you are looking for or rediscover an old memory that has been forgotten. On iOS 12, even before you start typing, you see hints of recent events, people, and places. Search results are also smarter and more accurate, and can be refined by adding more keywords.

For lovers of RAW format, it is now possible to edit such images in Photos on iPhone and iPad models with A9 chip or later. To top it off, photos in Portrait Mode are better because the camera now generates a mask when it detects a person and intelligently separates the person from the environment.

SIRI SHORTCUTS

This feature is a combination of Siri with the apps you use most every day, including those made by developers and not Apple. Here's how it works: The virtual assistant suggests shortcuts based on your routine even with the screen locked. In the Shortcuts app (Shortcuts), available on the App Store, you can create your own and use your voice to activate them.

Siri Shortcuts on iOS 12

An example: you can say ?Hey, Siri, good morning? and activate a sequence of tasks such as turning on the bedroom light (as long as you have HomeKit-compliant lights), tap a playlist specific to your HomePod and trace the path to your work using Waze (provided the app implements Shortcuts, of course).

PRIVACY

Apple has a speech that privacy is a fundamental human right. Because of this, iOS has built-in encryption, smart analytics done on the device itself (not on cloud servers) and other tools to choose how, when and what you want to share.

IOS 12 Privacy

On iOS 12 everything got a little better as Safari now prevents buttons from sharing and widgets of comments track you without your permission and prevent advertisers from collecting the unique features of your device (making it impossible for them to be identified or ads to be directed to you over the internet).

WAZE AND OTHERS ON CARPLAY

Third-party navigation apps will finally be able to show up on CarPlay, which was previously only powered by iOS's native app Maps. This means that the Waze app, Google Maps, and others can gain compatibility with CarPlay easily depends only on the company / developer behind the app.

Redesigned and Enhanced APPS

Apple Books, Bag, and Voice Recorder apps have been redesigned; In addition, all are now also available for iPads.

Redesigned Apps on iOS 12

Safari now offers automatic strong passwords (iOS creates unique and complex passwords for all your apps and websites, and they are automatically saved in Safari and apps so you can use stronger passwords, but you don't have to remember them); The Messaging app is now compatible with auto-complete security codes (anything you receive via SMS will now appear as a suggestion for auto-complete).

Siri on iOS 12 can show motoring statistics and ratings, find passwords quickly or search your favorite memories as well as translate phrases into even more languages ??(50 pairs). Already in the Settings, there is more information about the battery, with a usage table that indicates the consumption in the last 24 hours or 10 days you can even tap a bar to see the consumption per app in those periods.

WHAT STILL GOING TO?

At some point in the life of iOS 12 in an upcoming release, FaceTime will allow conversations with up to 32 people at a time for audio and video. Participants' faces fluctuate on the iPhone / iPad screen, and when they speak, their image automatically increases.

Group FaceTime on iOS 12

This feature has been in testing since the first beta of iOS 12, but has been taken from both iOS and macOS in the latest beta versions of the systems. However, Apple has promised that it will still be released in 2018. We will see.

OTHER NEWS

There are still many very specific new features like a new option which allows iOS updates to be done automatically, new gestures for iPads, favicons in Safari, AirDrop password sharing and more. You can check out all the news in the smallest details on this page.

Precautions before installation

First of all, stop everything you are doing now and do a full backup your device before the update to ensure that, at the slightest chance that something goes wrong, all your information is safe and sound. You can do this in two ways, through iCloud or iTunes.

To back up via iCloud from the iPad / iPhone / iPod touch itself, see Settings (your name) iCloud iCloud Backup, enable the iCloud Backup option and tap the Backup Now button. Obviously, you need to have space available in your iCloud account for this; If your plan is free, 5GB, I tell you that you hardly have enough space and that you will probably have to migrate to a larger one.

If you prefer to back up to your own computer instead of saving everything to the cloud, connect your gadget to your Mac / PC via your device's USB cable and open iTunes. In it, click on the device icon, choose Summary option and click Back Up Now.

Installing iOS 12

You can upgrade your devices in three different ways: on the device itself (OTA; over-the-air), through iTunes, or manually. It is normal for Apple servers to get overloaded at first, so it's not surprising if the download is slow in those first few minutes of system release if you can wait until night (or tomorrow) the better.

OTA

The simplest way to update your iDevice by the device itself. For this, go to General Settings Software Update; iOS 12 update should be listed l. Just follow the instructions and in a few minutes the whole process will be completed.

IOS update by device

Remember that if you do not have enough space available on your device, the system itself will be in charge of deleting some applications so that you can download the update related files after the end of the process, these apps will be properly reinstalled with all your information.

ITUNES

You can also install iOS 12 from iTunes. Just connect your device to your Mac / PC and open the software that most likely the iOS 12 availability warning pops up immediately. If not, you should go to "Summary", inside the device page, and click the "Check for Update" button.

IOS Update by iTunes

Then simply follow the instructions on the computer screen and wait for the process to complete.

MANUALLY

The third, least used method involves directly downloading the system update to your computer and applying the update from iTunes. This may be a good option if you have several identical devices at home in this case, downloading just one file will update all, saving time and bandwidth.

To perform the process, simply download the update package for your device:

Then connect the player to the Mac / PC, open iTunes, go to ?Summary? and click the ?Check for Update? button while holding the key. In the window that opens, navigate to the file you downloaded and select it. Then follow the onscreen instructions, wait a few minutes and enjoy the news.

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