Apple iOS 12: Will it meet the expectations of users?

iOS 12 has become the talk of the town ever since its announcement by Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, at WWDC 2018. Apple has announced various changes to a number of its default apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos, etc.

With millions of eyes on iOS 12, several rumors are circulating about its release date, performance, and features. Well, we too are equally excited and can’t wait for the release of Apple’s iOS 12.

Here is everything you must know about iOS 12.

Features:
The upcoming version of iOS will leverage AR capabilities to provide an improved customer experience. Some of the features that are anticipated in iOS 12 are:

1. Group FaceTime
In new iOS 12, FaceTime will be able to host Memoji and Animoji. Moreover, iOS 12 will enable users to host group FaceTime video calls for up to 32 people who are using the Apple iPhone. A larger window will appear to the active users, while the inactive users will see the shrunk window. The most amazing feature is, you will be able to make your calls more interesting by using Animoji and Memoji.

2. New Memoji
In iOS 12, users will get Memoji – new personal avatars, with an option to customize skin color, hair type, accessories, outfit choices, etc. of the characters to look like them. Besides, users will be able to create their own Memoji directly within messages.

3. Introduction of New Animoji
iOS 12 will come with 4 new Animoji – T-rex, koala, tiger, and ghost. Animoji will be able to detect when you are mimicking or sticking out your tongue.

4. Measurement App
Apple is going to introduce a new app Measure in iOS 12. This app accurately measures the length, height, and width of an object, using a device’s camera. The most amazing feature of this app is, it can remotely detect the dimensions of sign, poster or video.

5. Group Notifications
Users will now be able to dismiss or interact with a number of notifications, all at one time. All the new notifications will be grouped by the app and appear on the lock screen. Users can customize the settings as which notifications must appear on the lock screen and which ones must not.

6. An Improved DND (Do Not Disturb) Mode
Apple has provided an improved DND bedtime mode in iOS 12, which will hide all the notifications until morning. Users can set the time for the start and end of the DND bedtime mode in the control center.

7. ARKit 2
ARKit 2 will come with improved 3D object detection and facial recognition and allow reflections from IRL to be projected onto AR objects. Moreover, ARKit 2 will allow multiple users to work on projects or play AR games together.

8. Screen Time
The Screen Time feature will determine the apps that send you the most notifications by grouping your apps by category (games, social media etc.). You will receive a weekly Activity Report depicting the details such as the time spent on the individual app, the number of notifications received, etc. You will also get a warning if you overuse your device.

9. Siri
A new feature called Shortcuts has been added to Siri that enables you to personalize your voice commands. Shortcuts can be added to any app. It displays an “Add to Siri” icon that lets users create a voice shortcut for a particular feature of that app.

10. iBooks
iBooks will now be called Apple Books and will be available in a new design. Reading Now feature will allow you to pick up where you left off.

Which iPhones and iPads can run iOS 12?
The following iPhones and iPads will be able to run iOS 12:
1. iPad Pro (10.5), iPad Pro (12.9, 2017)
2. iPod touch (6th generation)
3. iPad 2017, iPad 2018
4. iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4
5. iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X.

Release Date:
The release date is not confirmed yet, but it is expected to roll out by the end of 2018, probably in September. However, iOS 12 developer beta 5 is now available for download for iOS developers.

Verdict:
With an aim to deliver more responsive and faster Operating System across all iOS devices, Apple is planning several under the hood improvements in its new iOS 12. These changes are likely to impact the everyday experience of the users to a great extent and are expected to bring a revolution in the iPhone app development.

Be proactive and partner with an iOS development company to get the best iOS development services and stay ahead of the competition.

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