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Apple announces iOS 12

At the company's annual developer conference (WWDC), Apple announced the latest version of its mobile operating system — iOS 12. Let's run through the top features below.

Performance

Apple says one of their main focuses with this release is the overall performance of the operating system. The company days that animations throughout the operating system should be smoother, as well as see up to 40% faster app launch times, up to 50% faster keyboard display times, up to 70% faster access to the camera when swiping from the lockscreen, and up to 2x faster "Share sheet" load times.

FaceTime

With iOS 12, Apple is adding support for Group FaceTime sessions. These sessions can include up to 32 people, with support for Focus View, which will bring the person that is currently speaking to the front and center. There's also support for Animoji and Memoji (a new personalized avatar) characters.

Grouped notifications

There's no questioning it — notifications on iOS suck. With iOS 12, Apple has made some improvements to notifications by adding support for grouped notifications. Now, with grouped notifications, you'll be able to interact with or dismiss multiple notifications from the same app at one time. They have also introduced a feature called "Instant Tuning," which will allow you to control your notification settings the moment you receive an alert, as well as set notifications to be delivered silently (on a per app basis) to Notification Center.

Siri

Apple's personal assistant — Siri — is definitley not the best on the market. However, the company is trying to improve the assistant with iOS 12. With iOS 12, there will be a Shortcuts API and app that will allows you customize your routine so that you can run multiple steps/actions using a single command. Siri will also offer suggested shortcuts on your lockscreen as it begins to learn your routine.

Screen time

Just like Google is doing with Android P, Apple wants to help users better manage their digital well-being. With iOS 12, there are new tools that will allow you to better understand the amount of time you're spending in particular apps and websites. You'll be able to get weekly reports, see app usage, notifications, and device pickups. You'll also be able to set app limits on the amount of time you or your children spend in an app or website. Finally, you'll be create a "Downtime," which will allow you to set specific times (such as bedtime), when apps and notifications should be blocked. You can choose which apps are kept on and set off limits.

Do not disturb

Somewhat related to managing your digital well-being, iOS 12 introduces a "Do not disturb during bedtime" feature which will dim your display during bedtime and silence overnight notifications until you unlock your iPhone in the morning. You'll also be able to set automatic end times for do not disturb. For example, you can set do not disturb to end in an hour, at the end of the day, when you leave a certain location, or at the end of a meeting on your calendar.

iPad gestures

With iOS 12 for iPad, Apple has updated the gestures to bring the device more inline with the iPhone X. For example, you can now go to the Home screen by swiping anywhere on the Dock. You can also acces Control Center more by swipe from the top-right corner of the display.

These are just some of the new features coming to iOS 12. There are also some improvements to ARKit, CarPlay, privacy and security (including better Password management with a new API), autofill suggestions, as well as updates to apps such as Photos, Camera, and more. Be sure to check out the full details at: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-12-preview/features/

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