What’s new in iOS 12: All you need to know about the important features

What's new in iOS 12

Apple announced the latest version of its mobile operating system, at the WWDC 2018 on Monday. So, what’s new in iOS 12? Here’s all you need to know about the update.

Performance in iOS 12

iOS 12 is about performance upgrades, and Apple says the improvements are even noticeable on the iPhone 5S and iPad Air, which are 2013 devices. iOS 12 offers up to 70% faster swipe to camera, up to 50% faster keyboard display, and up to 2x faster app launch under heavy workload.


Notifications have been grouped to allow you to view and manage notifications from the same app from your lock screen. You can even set Notifications from specific apps to go directly to the Notification Center, so they are not visible on the Lock Screen.

What's new in iOS 12

Do Not Disturb

This mode allows you to mute notifications (alerts, messages, calls) until the set time. You can also set your device it to automatically enable the DND mode at a specific location, and disable it when you leave the place.

What's new in iOS 12


This is a parental control option, which can be used to track your kid’s device usage, and also to restrict the time they are allowed to play games. etc.

ARKit 2

The new Augmented Reality kit allows you to share AR objects in Messages and Mail, which the recipient can view in the real world. The new Measure app allows iOS to use your camera to measure real-world objects when you point the lens at them.

Group FaceTime

FaceTime can be used for audio and video calls with up to 32 people at the same time. The app analyzes the prominent speaker to make their video tile larger.

Memoji and new Animoji

Animojis are getting a new customizable version which allows iPhone X users to create your own memojis (emojis), which can be used in Messages and FaceTime. There are 4 new Animoji: Koala, Tiger. T-Rex and Ghost to make your conversations more entertaining.

When will my iPhone or iPad get iOS 12 ?

Apple has not announced the exact date for the availability of iOS 12. The update will be released in Fall 2018, probably when the iPhone 9 is launched. A beta program of iOS 12 is available right now for those willing to test it.

Which devices will get iOS 12 ?

Apple says the following devices will get iOS 12

  • iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X
  • iPad Air, iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro (9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch 1st gen and 2nd gen)
  • iPad 5th generation and 6th (2017 and 2018)
  • iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 4
  • iPod touch 6th generation

What's new in iOS 12

All devices which are running iOS 11 are eligible for the iOS 12 Update. Yes, the list basically includes every device from last year’s update list, aka long term life support. This is the first time that Apple has not cut off a device from the to be updated list. You know how the popular comment goes, if you want software updates, get an iPhone. This is so true for iOS 12.

Google should make note of this long term OS update support, which Android devices oh-so-obviously lack. But the sad fact remains that even new devices like the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play, will not get more than one Android OS update. At the most, an Android device is supported for 2 years of OS upgrades after which the devices are abandoned by the manufacturer or only limited to security updates.

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