Hands-On With Apple's New iOS 12 Update

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple yesterday introduced the newest version of iOS, iOS 12, which is currently available to developers as part of a beta test.

    We thought we'd take a closer look at iOS 12 to give MacRumors readers who aren't yet able to download the beta an idea of what to expect from the new software.

    iOS 12 has some enticing new features that iOS users have been wanting for several years. Grouped notifications, for example, cleans up your notifications list, while new Do Not Disturb features give you more granular control over when it turns on and when it turns off.

    Screen Time, a new feature, lets you know how much time you're spending on your iOS device with detailed statistics, including how much time you spend using each app and how many times you pick up your iPhone during the day.

    Group FaceTime is here and supports calls with up to 32 people, and on the iPhone X, there are new Animoji and customizable Memoji. You can also use fun new camera effects in both Messages and FaceTime, and those aforementioned Animoji are also available in Messages and FaceTime on iPhone X.

    Siri is much smarter in iOS 12 thanks to a new feature called Shortcuts, which has been built on the Workflow app. Shortcuts let you build automations with first and third-party apps that can be activated with Siri commands.

    ARKit 2.0 brings improvements to augmented reality that include persistence, so AR environments will stay the same across multiple sessions, and multiplayer support, so two or more people can interact with the same augmented reality environment on separate devices.

    Apple has also focused heavily on performance, working from top to bottom to make iPhones faster and more responsive, including older iPhones. Apple has introduced optimizations for all devices, and iOS 12 will work on all iPhones and iPads that are able to run iOS 11.

    For more detail on iOS 12, make sure to check out our iOS 12 roundup, which is in development. We'll also be sharing additional videos covering iOS 12 features, so make sure to stay tuned to MacRumors and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Article Link: Hands-On With Apple's New iOS 12 Update
  2. Scotty2Hotty macrumors member


    Sep 16, 2014
    "... and iOS 12 will work on all iPhones and iPads that are able to run iOS 11." Is this true? I thought iOS 11 would be the end of the line for 5s and 5c.
  3. -BigMac- Suspended


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia

    Apple said it during the Keynote so yes its true..
  4. Scotty2Hotty macrumors member


    Sep 16, 2014
    Hmm.. OK. Think it's the first iOS device that'll have support for 6 generations of iOS: 7-12
  5. UKinEK macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2015
    Brooks, AB
    I am surprised how fast the 5s feels now, really nice

    5c is not supported
  6. Chrjy macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2010
    iOS 10 was the end of the road for the 5c. The 5s is able to support both iOS 11 and 12.
  7. Howyalikdemapls macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2013
    I’d like for Siri to open Audible without needing to unlock my phone (when I’m driving to work). Is this something Shortcuts can do?
  8. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    I feel like this could have been a “point” release. Still not much interactivity with notifications, just grouped, which we had before iOS 10....
  9. NickTheo macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2017
    For those of you that made the jump - this update looks much more stable than previous v1 betas. How has it been for you? Lots of crashes and bugs or fairly usable for a main phone?
  10. Vasilioskn macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2010
    New York
    iOS 12 already? Can they fix all the issues of 11 first! What a mess.
  11. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    iPad 2 - iOS 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

    It's the first iPhone to do so though :)
  12. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    They have, it's called iOS 12.

    This is the first beta I am thinking of installing...
  13. Muzzakus macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
  14. JohnnyW2K1 Suspended


    Jan 27, 2016
    London, UK
    That’s great, but this release is really the opportunity to reduce some technical debt: More stable, solid, reliable code, with an overall better, smoother, faster user experience. That’s what’s important. I could care less about new features at this stage. I have everything I need, just tweak it so it’s a joy to use.

    What’s considered the best version of OSX? It’s always Snow Leopard that tops the list. I’m sure people moaned about the lack of “new features” back then, too...

    Apple should give us what we need, not what the vocal want. Finally with this round of updates they’re doing it. Praise be!
  15. sykeward macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2016
    Portland, OR
    I've been running the dev preview since late yesterday on an iPhone X, and I'm very impressed. Surprisingly stable, and Face ID is much faster (it genuinely feels close to twice as fast) and they will interrupt the spinning face animation if it authenticates me before it's done, which really helps. I haven't had any system-level instability, and the only app that's crashed is Safari which became unresponsive once. Good deal as far as I'm concerned.
  16. Phillyfinest89 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2013
    Does phone get warm with any noticeable battery drain? Thanks in advance
  17. theman510 macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    With shortcuts I'm hoping it will
  18. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Can you actually control Wi-Fi in ‘Control’ Center again yet? Or is it just the same as in iOS 11?
  19. Gregg Thurman macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2009
    I'm tempted but won't. I'll probably wait for the .1 update (as I always do).
  20. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    In the video you can see the iPhone X infrared strobe in iOS 12. Is it just me or did they decrease the number of bursts per second in the scan loop?
  21. Amacfa macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
  22. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    I wonder when the CarPlay features will be activated.
  23. ipedro, Jun 5, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2018

    ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Does Siri Shortcuts offer automations for AppleTV? For example, Hey Siri, I’m home could trigger the TV App to play the news.

    Alternatively, this could be built into the Home app since the AppleTV is a HomeKit device.
  24. CPx macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2013
    Thanks for showing the gesture to go home on iPad. From the verbal descriptions that were floating around ("swipe up from the dock"), it sounded like you needed two swipes to go home--one to bring up the dock, then one to "swipe up from the dock." I'm glad to see you simply swipe once from the bottom edge of the screen, regardless of the presence of the dock!
  25. iFanaddic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Montréal, Canada
    This feels like a big update to ios11 rather than ios12. What most people here are saying is true, very stable, very reliable and not bad on the battery...I mean its not like they rocked the boat too much.

    What I mean is most users with recent devices wont see anything different with their devices. I had to go to settings to make sure it really was ios 12.0

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