iOS 12 Announced with Improved Performance

As expected, Apple has announced iOS 12 at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California. In making the announcement, Apple said iOS 12 will support all of the devices that supported iOS 11. This year’s update is all about adding more stability to the software and offering better performance.

Performance

With iOS 12, Apple is “doubling down” on performance. It is working from top to bottom to make the OS faster and more responsive than ever before. Even better, Apple has focused on performance improvement on its older devices. During the keynote, Apple said that it noticed up to 70 percent performance improvements on an iPhone 6 in certain scenarios. In other cases, Apple says the Share Sheet will come up nearly 2x times faster. More importantly, perhaps, Apple says these performance improvements would be applicable across its entire iPhone and iPad range. This also means that iOS 12 will be available on all those devices that were supported by iOS 11.

ARKit 2.0

Apple also unveiled ARKit 2.0 with features like improved face tracking, realistic tracking, 3D object detection, and shared experiences. The last feature means that up to four players can connect to each other share the same AR experience. A demo app from Apple showed two players driving around in a virtual LEGO world and more. The players were also able to save the entire world so that they could resume the game again later on.

Photos

The Photos app is getting smarter in iOS 12 with Search Suggestions. You can now search for people, events, objects, activities, and more to help you easily search through your photos. You can even search for places by business name or categories. Search suggestions will also offer sharing suggestions to people you’d like to share photos with. Thanks to face recognition, the sharing suggestion would be to people who are actually in the photos. When a user accepts a sharing invitation, photos from the same event in their library would also be added to the album after their approval. The photos would be shared in full-resolution and would be private with end-to-end encryption.

Improved Do Not Disturb

The improved Do Not Disturb mode in iOS 12 will block notifications when the mode is active. You can get a quick overview of your unread notifications when you disable the mode though.

Screen Time, App Limits

In a bid to reduce smartphone addiction, Apple is introducing Screen Time with iOS 12. It gives you insight into the amount of time you spend on your iPhone on a weekly basis with details like your most popular apps, how many times you picked the phone up, and more. Complementing Screen Time is a new feature called App Limits. As the name suggests, it allows you to limit the time you spend on an app. Once the time specified by the user is reached, they are locked out from the app, though obviously if they wish to, they can bypass it. Apple, however, will remind users from time to time about this limit.

 


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