WWDC 2018 Keynote – All iOS 12 Announcements
At the WWDC 2018 keynote Apple presented new and coming iOS 12 features to developers and consumers alike. Some of the highlights were AR-features, personalized Animojis and more control over your iPhone usage. Read on to find out what you can expect with iOS 12.
Table of Contents
- Performance Improvements
- ARKit 2
- Photos App Improvements
- Siri Shortcuts
- Screen Time
- Animoji and Memoji
- New iMessage features
- Facetime Group Calls
- Grouped Notifications
- Availability & Compatibility
In the days leading up to the WWDC 2018 keynote many speculated about possible announcements, features and news that could be presented at the keynote. The keynotes audience consists mostly of developers, but the interested public can also get a glimpse at iOS innovations and features to come. With iOS 12 Apple focuses on stability and performance improvements after the iOS 11 update left a trail of bug fixes and system issues and annoyed iPhone users all over the world. Nonetheless, there are a couple of new and exciting features coming out in fall. Find out more about the most important innovations.
iOS 12 will be available for iPhone models starting with iPhone 5s and younger models and will improve CPU performance by 50 percent. This means apps will start twice as fast with iOS 12 than with earlier software versions.
Augmented Reality: ARKit 2
ARKit 2 will advance augmented reality. Apple has been working with Pixar to create a new file sharing format for AR content. With the new file format USDZ users can access AR content, not just with specific apps, but also Safari. It also integrates more challenging AR content into the live feed of the iPhone or iPad camera. The Measure App can now also measure virtual objects with AR technology.
ARKit 2 also allows new developments in AR games supporting multiplayer settings. This means that more than one player can see virtual objects on their iPhone or iPad screen and play either together compete against each other. Now you can also combine the real world with the virtual world through 3D object detection. This enables entire virtual worlds to be built around real objects in real time.
Photos App improvements
iOS 12 also treated the Photos app to an update. Apple integrated a new search feature offers suggestions for events, places or activities and sort images into according categories. The feature also recommends high quality pictures to be shared with others. If the recipient also has pictures of the sender at the same event on his iOS device, he will be asked if he also wants to share his images.
Siri gets smarter with the new Shortcuts app, which will enable users to add personalized commands to Siri. The new app sounds similar to Workflow, which allows for prozess automization on iPhone.
Shortcuts also improves collaboration between Siri and third-party apps and offers completely new features.
For example Siri detects if you are running late for an appointment and offers ways to act, like a short message or a call to inform your partners.
Screen Time: Monitoring iPhone Use
Spending too much time in front of a smartphone screen is unhealthy,, so Apple decided to develop a feature that can limit screen time. “Screen Time” can measure and limit the time spent in front of the iPhone screen. It can produce weekly reports and list how users spent their time and activities which used up the most time in front of the screen. As the feature can also limit time spent in front of a screen this feature comes in handy for parents. Using their own iOS device parents can limit or manage access to certain apps an websites and also schedule smartphone-free times during the day.
Animoji and Memoji
iPhone X users will be happy about a fancy and amusing animoji development like tongue detection, but even better – the new Memojis. You can now create your personalized Memoji by selecting skin tone, the color of hair and eyes, freckles and accessories like jewelry or glasses. Plus four additions to the animoji family – all new are ghost, T-Rex, tiger and koala.
New iMessage features
Like with every update so far Apple also improves its messaging app iMessage. The camera can now integrate Animojis live into iMessage and also supports new filters and stickers which makes chatting and sending goofy messages more fun.
Facetime Group Calls
Group call in Facetime is something iPhone users have been waiting for for a long time. The Factime feature supports up to 32 people in a Facetime group call and moves panels to the front and back, according to their activities and presence in the conversation. It’s also possible to switch right from a group call to an iMessage group conversation and continue texting. New iMessage fetures like Animoji, stickers and filters also work in Facetime.
Notifications also got treated to a small but significant update. With iOS 12 notifications can be grouped according to app and managed in a more efficient way. No more long lists of notifications.
Availability & Compatibility
Now to answer the question preoccupying most iPhone users: “Which iPhone models support iOS 12?” The great news, iOS 12 runs on all iPhone models also supported by iOS 11. This shows that Apple also thought of iPhone users with older iPhone generations and included these in their software upgrade. The other important question is: “When is iOS 12 coming out?” iOS 12 will be available to the public in fall 2018 but is already available to participants in the Apple developer program as iOS 12 Beta Download.