The next major iOS release for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch was unveiled by Apple at WWDC 2018 and dropped out for everyone on September 17, 2018, less than a week after Apple unveiled the new iPhone lineup. We've summarized all the great visuals and secret features and changes we could find so you know exactly what to expect when you upgrade to iOS 12 on your iPhone.
Instead of introducing many new features, Apple has spent a lot of time on stability improvements for iOS 12 since iOS 11 was such a mess, with numerous bugs, sloppy updates, and promised features that were at least eight months late. This means Apple has postponed some of its biggest updates to the iOS 1
3 release in 2019, such as a redesigned home screen, side-by-side apps, new Apple Pencil features, an email thread mute, one better CarPlay app, and redesigned photos.
For now, here's everything Apple includes in iOS 12 for iPhone. Some have been highlighted by Apple in recent months while others are hidden below the surface, hidden in the view – some features actually came from our wish list. Note, however, that all of the iOS 12 features listed below may be pushed back to iOS 13 or a later 12.x update if they were not ready for prime time on September 17, even though we have not seen any except FaceTime
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Augmented Reality in iOS 12
1. You can measure real objects
With Apple's new ARKit 2.0, you can measure real objects like desks and tables with the camera on your iPhone. With the new built-in Measure app, you can retrieve the dimensions of a 3D object before Augmented Reality. It's not 100% accurate right now (the keyboard below is actually about 17 inches), but hopefully things will get better when it's ready for prime time.
PS: The "level" previously in the Compass app has been moved to fairs
2. ARKit 2.0 brings support for multiplayer AR games
This makes perfect sense because games dominate the iOS App Store, and multiplayer gameplay is usually a must to follow. There are currently no large numbers of AR games in the iOS App Store, but this feature will likely be released soon. And this could cause augmented reality games to finally reach mainstream status among their non-AR peers.
. 3 ARKit 2.0 Has 3D Object Recognition
Another enhancement offered by ARKit 2.0 over its predecessor is the ability to detect 3D objects through the camera lens. The AR app you use can specify exactly which object is in the view, such as A couch, and how it is aligned based on your device model. 3D objects can also be used to trigger certain experiences. For example, an AR app may look for DVD or Blu-ray and then show you a trailer for the movie as soon as it discovers it or refers you to the book on which it is based.
4. ARKit 2.0 has improved face recognition
What does that mean for you? Well, if you use AR apps like Snapchat, Messages, and FaceTime, filters can work better with your face for a more seamless look. It supports eye tracking in iOS 12, so it knows exactly where to look, as well as tongue and wink detection (see "Detecting Tongue and Angle" in the iPhone X section).
5. ARKit 2.0 Has Persistent Experience
This is almost exciting as a multiplayer support. With this feature in ARKit 2.0, developers can use other experiences than just multiplayer features in other ways. For example, if you leave a note at a specific location in an AR app, it may later be displayed by another user at the same location. Apple also notes that it could be used as "more examples" to "create an Easter egg virtual search or a persistent AR art exhibit".
6. ARKit 2.0 makes virtual objects even more realistic
Previously, virtual objects displayed on the screen of your favorite AR app would look the same no matter where your camera was pointing. Now, in iOS 12, ARKit 2.0 adds scene reflection, meaning that virtual objects show reflections over them, if necessary, based on your current environment, just like a real object.
7. You can view AR content with "Quick Look"
ARKit 2.0 adds a new file format to the mix that allows developers to create virtual content for mobile devices. However, this format is also supported in the Apple ecosystem. This means you can "quickly search" apps like Mail, News, and Safari to quickly see AR content and animations.
Music in iOS 12
8. Search songs for lyrics in music
The music app has a new reverse lyrics search option. It's basically like Shazam, but instead of figuring it out, actually playing it, it finds it through the words that are in your head. Best of all, you do not need an Apple Music subscription to benefit from it. However, you will need one to see a preview of the results to see if they are the ones you are looking for.
Notifications in iOS 12
9. You can copy messages back from notifications
Interactive notifications in iOS let you quickly respond to a text or iMessage, but you really could not do more without having to jump to the News app itself. Now Apple gives us a new feature for these quick response notifications: tapback capabilities. You can only double-tap on a message in a thread within messages to add a reaction emoji, but now you can double tap on an advanced notification.
10. Notifications Are Automatically Grouped
While Apple has found a way to group apps into iOS 9, they have been removed in subsequent updates. Well, now it's back and better than before. Now notifications are grouped with the setting "Automatic". However, you can change these for individual apps so that they are "By App" or "Off." You can interact with them individually within the group or select the entire group at once.
. 11 You can fine-tune notifications without going to settings
If you are on the lock screen or in the pull-down notifications, and you tap a notification or notification group, tap the omission symbol (•••) in the upper-right corner of the screen Notification to manage notifications for this app. You can also just swipe left and choose "Manage" instead. This new feature is called " Instant Tuning".
You can choose Silent Delivery. This means that future notifications will not be displayed on the lock screen, the existing banners, or any sound, but they will still be displayed in your Notification Center and as a badge app icon. If you have set to "quiet," you can also go back and select "Prominently deliver" to restore it to normal. If you choose Shut Down, notifications will be completely disabled. "Settings" shows you the notification settings of the app, in which you can customize further elements.