iOS 12 Hidden Features: New Close App Gesture on iPhone X, Revamped iPad Gestures, Screen Time Widget and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today introduced iOS 12 with a whole slew of updates, ranging from improvements to Do Not Disturb to a whole new activity monitoring system that tracks how much time you spend on your iPhone or iPad.

    There are also new "Memoji," aka personalized Animojis, there's support for Group FaceTime, and there were tons of other changes covered in the keynote event. But in addition to all of these new features, there are dozens of smaller tweaks that Apple didn't cover in its iOS 12 announcement.

    Below, we've rounded up a list of new, lesser-known or "hidden" features in the new iOS 12 operating system update.

    - iPhone X App Switcher - You no longer need to hold down on apps to close them. Swiping up like on the iPhone 8 and older works.

    - Siri Voices - In the U.S., there are new Siri Voice options for Irish and South African accents in both male and female genders.

    - Multiple Faces in Face ID - In the Face ID Settings, there's an option to "Set Up an Alternate Appearance" which appears to be aimed at people who may need to drastically change their appearance on the regular or those who want to unlock Face ID with two faces.


    - Face ID Rescanning - After Face ID fails, you can swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone X to initiate a rescan.

    - Screen Time Widget - In the Widgets section, accessible by swiping to the right on the Home screen, there's a new Screen Time widget where you can see how much time you've spent on your iOS device lately, and what you've been doing. You can also see your full Screen Time usage metrics in the Settings app.


    - Automatic Updates - iOS 12 introduces an option to turn on automatic software updates under General --> Software Update. This will update your version of iOS automatically when an update is available.


    - Messages Shortcuts - If you tap on a person's name in the Messages app, there are now shortcuts to initiate a FaceTime audio call, initiate a standard FaceTime video call, or get info on the contact. This is also how group FaceTime calls are started from the Messages app.


    - Notification Grouping - In the Notifications section of the Settings app, there are options to customize Notification Grouping for all of your apps. Notification Grouping Settings include Automatic, By App, and off. Notification settings have also been redesigned somewhat, and there are toggles for setting notifications to show up only in the Notification Center but not the Lock screen.


    - New iPad Gestures - Apple tweaked gestures on the iPad to better match the iPhone X. You now swipe down from the top right of the iPad to bring up Control Center, rather than swiping up from the bottom. Swiping up from the dock goes to the Home screen.

    - iPad Menu Bar - The menu bar at the top of the iPad has been redesigned, and it looks like Apple is making room for a notch that will be included on upcoming iPad Pro models that will feature Face ID. The time, day, and date are located on the upper left hand side of the screen, while the right shows Wi-Fi or LTE connection, Bluetooth, and battery life.


    - Passwords - There's a new Password Manager API that can show passwords from 1Password and similar apps in the QuickType suggestion bar when you're inputting login information. iOS 12 also adds iOS password suggestions to third-party apps, like Keychain in Safari. Apple will also keep track of passwords that have been reused and prompt you to create new ones.

    - One-Time Password Autofill - Apple says that one-time SMS passcodes will appear automatically as Autofill options so you don't need to hassle with quitting out of an app, opening the Messages app, copying it, and then entering it in the app that needs the code. In the Settings app, Safari Autofill has been replaced with the more general Password Autofill, and there's a new Autofill Passwords setting under Passwords & Accounts.


    - Smarter Siri - Siri can answer questions about famous people, food, and motorsports. Siri can also look up passwords and search for memories in Photos.

    - Scan QR Code in Control Center - There's a new Control Center shortcut for scanning a QR code.


    - Wallpaper - There's a new iOS 12 wallpaper available.


    - Siri Suggestions - Siri is smarter in iOS 12, and there's a new setting to allow Siri suggestions to appear on the Lock screen. You can also enable Shortcuts in the Settings menu, though Shortcuts are not yet available and will be coming through an app set to be released at a later date. Siri suggestions on the Lock screen can be enabled on a per-app basis.


    - Lock Screen Options - There are new options to disable access to Wallet and USB Accessories when an iPhone is locked with a passcode. With USB Accessories disabled, you need to unlock the iPhone to allow USB accessories to connect when it has been more than an hour since your iPhone was locked. This setting will make it more difficult for law enforcement to access locked devices with USB tools like the GrayKey box.


    - Voice Memos - Now that Voice Memos is also on the iPad and Mac and has iCloud support, there are settings for Voice Memos in the Settings app. You can choose when to delete Voice Memos, choose audio compression quality, and set a default recording name.

    - Markup Colors - There are a lot more colors available when using Markup for editing screenshots, marking up images, editing PDFs, and more.


    - Safari Icons - There's an option in the Settings app to enable Favicons for Safari tabs, a new feature in iOS 12. There are also several new Experimental WebKit Features that Apple is testing.

    - Apple Books - With the Books app getting a revamp and a new name, there are several new settings for Books in the Settings app. You can turn on syncing options for the "Reading Now" feature to keep track of where you are in a book across devices, and you can choose specific devices where you want to update your place.


    - Podcasts - You can set custom durations for the Forward and Back options in Podcasts. The two options are separate, and durations from 10 to 60 seconds are available.


    - Battery Info - In the Settings app, the battery usage chart shows usage for the last 24 hours or the last 10 days instead of the last 7 days. There's also a whole new chart that displays battery usage information.


    - Apple Music Changes - In Apple Music, you can search for songs by lyric in iOS 12. Artist pages also display larger artwork and a new "Play" button that plays an artist's entire catalog of songs.

    - Siri in Low Power Mode - You can use "Hey Siri" with Low Power Mode turned on in iOS 12.

    - Password AirDropping - In iOS 12, you can AirDrop your saved passwords to both your other devices and other people, which makes sharing passwords simple.

    - 3D Touch - There are new 3D Touch options for the Camera and Notes apps. With Camera, you can 3D Touch to scan a QR code, and in Notes, there is a shortcut to scan a document.

    Have you found other features in iOS 12 that we haven't mentioned here? Make sure to let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for more coverage on the new features in iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5.

    Article Link: iOS 12 Hidden Features: New Close App Gesture on iPhone X, Revamped iPad Gestures, Screen Time Widget and More
  2. anubis72 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2004
    Anyone else having trouble sending replies to group messages? The send with Group messages is toggled off in Messages settings, but that's not really the point, is it? :). I submitted feedback, but wondered if anyone else noticed.
  3. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
  4. Mizouse macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2014
    Omgggg group notifications by app is finally back!!!!!!!! :eek:
  5. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    - New iPad Gestures - Apple tweaked gestures on the iPad to better match the iPhone X. You now swipe down from the top right of the iPad to bring up Control Center, rather than swiping up from the bottom. Swiping up from the dock goes to the Home screen.

    So iPad will lose the home button and support Face ID very soon.
  6. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    Apple has made some pretty good small scale additions with iOS 12 - I’d say more than in iOS 11 for iPhones anyway.
  7. jthompson666 macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2011
    These little tweaks are always much more exciting to me than the actual headline features! Anyone else? :rolleyes:
  8. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    So glad they focussed on older devices, this will definitely breath new life into my iPad Air and previous 6 Plus until I upgrade.
  9. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    I hope the Automatic Updates finally also stop downloading the newest updates. Even after you delete it, it just downloads it again and keeps bugging you about it's installation. The way it's setup now, it's not strange such a huge base of devices is on the latest iOS. If you don't press 'ask later' (or something like that) it will just install it at midnight... it's something you really don't want on older devices, they become unusable with the latest OS.
  10. lakerchick4life macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    That's why Mark Gurman tweeted earlier in response to this:

    Mark Gurman‏Verified account @markgurman 2h2 hours ago

    You know why, right?
  11. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    Really wish they would’ve changed the swipe down on top corner for control Center. Looks like they’re sticking with it :mad:
  12. duffman9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2003
    Deep in the Depths of CA
    Why in the hell was this so difficult? It's the first damn motion I tried when the X was released.
  13. MacPrince macrumors newbie


    Oct 4, 2000
    Illinois, USA
    Ugh. I was hoping that the way it worked on the iPhone X was intentional to kill off the superstition of force quitting all of your apps.
  14. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2017
    I've installed it and so far it's been pretty good!! :)
  15. Superhai macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2010
    I prefer kill some apps because of convenience, having 40 apps in the app switcher is more cumbersome than having 3.
  16. pesos macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2006
    iPhone X App Switcher - You no longer need to hold down on apps to close them. Swiping up like on the iPhone 8 and older works.

  17. fairuz, Jun 4, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2018

    fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    It's reasonable to kill them, not superstition. Apps can still wake themselves in the background through means only preventable by killing. Remote notifications and significant change of location, to name two. Not crucial to do this but still something you might want to do sometimes. Funny that they're almost admitting it this way.
  18. fastasleep macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    Because they were trying to quietly kill the stupid behavior where so many people repeatedly force-quit all their apps instead of like, looking at battery usage and turning off Background App Refresh on Facebook etc.
  19. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Same. Made the phone feel so hard to use, lol
  20. SamRyouji macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2016
    I'd rather they spread the sensor along the bezel than came up with a "top-notch design". I don't mind if it will be a tad thicker too as my palm will surely appreciate extra bezel space for comfier grip.
  21. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
    Automatic Updates

    Too bad there's not a setting to disable the incessant hectoring nag screens to update. Obviously that's never going to happen. Sigh.
  22. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    And the automatic downloads that slow my phone to a crawl due to all my remaining storage being taken.
  23. zinman macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2012
    Alternate appearance.....wearing sunglasses that won't allow my face to unlock my phone.
  24. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    Except a lot of apps have background usage when you don’t close them even if you have background app refresh turned off.

    People on here always get triggered when someone mentions closing apps.
  25. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    Correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t we have grouped notifications in prior iOS revisions? Also, there doesn’t seem to be much interaction available in the grouped notifications. I wish they would literally steal the way android manages notifications....
    --- Post Merged, Jun 4, 2018 ---

    Shhhhh. Animoji

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