IOS 12 Best New Features For iPhone (And iPad, Too!)

IOS 12 Best New Features For iPhone (And iPad, Too!)

Apple's acquisition of Workflow past year now makes sense, because the Workflow app is now called Shortcuts.

The event also included major updates on ARKit, the framework the company released past year to help developers build augmented-reality apps, including a unified AR file format, improved face tracking, and support for app-makers.

Apple did not announce whether its Netflix or Vudu apps, which both now support 4K HDR and Dolby Vision, would get Atmos support as well.

iOS 12 will be available for iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and iPad Pro models, fifth and sixth generation iPads, iPad mini 2 and later and sixth-generation iPod Touches in September.

The move to curb phone addiction and limit screen time is well under way as the two heavyweights in the smartphone ecosystem - Google Android and Apple iOS - are on the digital health bandwagon. But the feature I'm most interested in are the new Screentime options found in the settings app. It'll suggest coffee orders from the place you always order from and message contacts to tell them you're running late, and there's also Kayak-based flight information you can call up via voice.

For example, a user could say "Siri, I'm driving home" and Siri would then know to pull up directions in Maps, turn on their favorite podcast app and stream it to their auto radio, and use HomeKit to set the temp of their house to the desired level. Developers can add new Shortcut APIs into their apps.

There's a new preview screen that shows users where they last left off in an eBook, as well as a new store that "makes browsing through eBooks and audiobooks better than ever". There is also a new Do Not Disturb during Bedtime mode to help people get a better night's sleep by dimming the display and hiding all notifications on the lock screen until prompted in the morning.

Parents will be able to set limits for time their children set in apps, and get detailed reports regarding which apps are used.

The new Screen Time feature monitors the amount of time a user spends on a specific app, a category of apps and individual websites, plus the number of notifications received and total hands-on time. Support for grouped notifications enables users to assign levels of urgency to notifications categorized by topic and thread.

'iOS 12 will be available on all the same devices as iOS11'.

Mr Federighi said Safari users would now see an alert appear asking users to choose if they would like to share their data. Via it, iPhone owners can use their handset as a microphone with live audio from it being sent to the wireless earbuds.

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