iOS 12 is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more
responsive, and more delightful coming this fall
Faster and more responsive
The things you do every day are faster than ever - across more devices. iOS
has been overhauled for improved performance on devices as far back as
iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
Animations are smoother across the system. So when you do things like bring
up Control Center, swipe while multitasking, or scroll in apps, it's more
fluid and responsive.
Up to 40% faster app launch*
Apps launch faster in day-to-day use. And when you're pushing your iOS
device to the limit, multitasking between lots of apps, they launch up to 2x
Up to 50% faster keyboard display*
The keyboard appears faster and typing is more responsive.
Up to 70% faster swipe to Camera*
Swiping to Camera from the Lock screen happens faster so you never miss a
Up to 2x faster Share sheet display under load*
The Share sheet appears faster than ever, especially if you have a lot of
sharing extensions installed.
Make FaceTime calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously.
FaceTime audio and video
Answer incoming Group FaceTime calls with video or audio on iPhone, iPad,
and Mac, or join with audio on Apple Watch and HomePod.
Join or add people to Group FaceTime at any time.
Focus View in Group FaceTime
During Group FaceTime, the speaker will automatically be front and center.
Or with Focus View, you can double-tap the person you'd like to see.
Group FaceTime uses a silent notification that participants can tap to join.
Start Group FaceTime right from a group Messages conversation. See and join
active calls from the conversation list or in the conversation itself.
Use FaceTime with your friends and family as your favorite Animoji or
Transform your look using built-in filters, like classic black and white,
comic book, and watercolor.
Add text effects like speech bubbles and emoji to your photos or videos.
Jazz up your photos and videos with shapes like stars, hearts, and arrows.
iMessage sticker packs
Download sticker packs from the App Store for iMessage to enhance your
photos and videos. Stickers track the movement of your face and move with
Private end-to-end encryption
FaceTime is encrypted end to end for both one-to-one and group calls, so
your conversations remain private and viewable only by the participants.
Create an all-new kind of Animoji that fits your personality and mood.
A new tool for you to select and adjust nearly endless customization options
to make your Memoji.
Try four new Animoji: T. rex, ghost, koala, and tiger.
Tongue and wink detection
Improved face tracking now recognizes when you stick out your tongue or
Now you can record clips of up to 30 seconds.
Use the camera in Messages to capture photos and enhance them in new ways
using built-in effects and third-party sticker packs.
Photos iMessage app
Get photo suggestions based on who you're messaging with, what you're
talking about, and where you've taken photos together.
Redesigned App Strip
The redesigned App Strip has a new look that takes up less space when you
type. So you can see more of your content and always get to your favorite
New tools empower you to understand and make choices about how much time you
spend using apps and websites.
Get reports weekly or check Today View anytime to see app usage,
notifications, and device pickups.
Use your family's Apple IDs to set up Screen Time for your kids to keep an
eye on how much time they spend on apps and websites. They can request more
time for you to approve.
Set the amount of time you and your kids can spend each day on specific apps
Set a specific time, like bedtime, when apps and notifications are blocked.
You can choose which apps are on and off limits.
Create exceptions for apps you'd like your kids to have access to even
during Downtime, such as Messages or education apps.
Message threads and notification topics are grouped together, so it's easier
to see what's important with just a glance at your iPhone or iPad.
Control your notification settings the moment you receive an alert, without
having to leave what you're doing.
Within Instant Tuning, you can choose to have notifications delivered
silently to Notification Center by default so you're not interrupted by
Siri notification suggestions
Get suggestions based on how you interact with your notifications, such as
which app notifications to deliver prominently and which ones to send to
A new type of opt-in alert for important information, like reports from a
healthcare provider, which you'll receive even during Do Not Disturb.
Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb During Bedtime
Dim your display and silence overnight notifications until you unlock your
iPhone in the morning.
New Do Not Disturb options
Set Do Not Disturb to end automatically in an hour, at the end of the day,
when you leave a certain location, or at the end of a meeting on your
Persistent and multiuser experiences
AR experiences can now be shared across time and fixed to real-world
locations, so you can create a piece of AR art that can be viewed later in
the same place by someone else.
3D object recognition
ARKit 2 recognizes objects and how your device is oriented to them, and can
use that information to trigger AR experiences.
Face tracking now sees where you're looking and can detect whether you're
sticking out your tongue or winking.
AR is even more lifelike, enabling virtual objects to reflect the real-world
scene in your camera.
USDZ file format
A new format that helps 3D creators to create rich content and animations
optimized for mobile devices.
AR Quick Look
View AR experiences in the apps you use every day, including Files, Mail,
Messages, and Safari.
Automatically measure flat rectangular surfaces and draw lines across flat
surfaces to measure distances with your iPhone or iPad
For You tab
A single destination for your Memories, Shared Album activity, and the best
moments in your library. New Featured Photos and Effect Suggestions
intelligently show you your best photos and propose effects to make them
Photos understands when you've done something meaningful, like taking a trip
or attending an event, and will suggest sharing the photos with the people
who are in them. And if you receive photos from someone else, your device
will look for photos in your library from the same event and suggest sharing
Intelligent search suggestions
Smart suggestions help you find photos even before you finish typing by
suggesting events, people, places, and relative dates.
Search for photos based on the places or businesses where you were when you
took them, whether it's a general category, like "Japanese restaurant," or a
specific place, like "Jacques Torres Chocolate."
Search for photos from events you've attended, like the Aspen Ideas
Multiple keyword search
Now you can combine keywords in searches, like "surfing" and "vacation," for
even better results.
It's easier than ever to import photos and videos from your professional
camera on the go.
RAW photo support
Import and manage RAW photos on your iPhone and iPad and edit on your iPad
Redesigned Albums tab
Find existing and shared albums more quickly and efficiently.
Improved Portrait Lighting
Portrait mode photos are better than ever. Camera now generates a mask when
it detects a person and intelligently and elegantly
separates the person from the scene.
Portrait Segmentation API
A new API for third-party developers allows for the separation of layers in
a photo, such as separating the background from the foreground.
Improved QR code reader
Camera now highlights QR codes in the frame, making them easier to scan.
A quicker way to do the things you do most often. As Siri learns your
routines, you'll get suggested shortcuts for just what you need, at just the
right time, on the Lock screen or in search.
Add to Siri
Add shortcuts to Siri to run them with your voice on your iPhone, iPad,
Apple Watch, or HomePod.
New Shortcuts app
Create or customize your own shortcuts to run multiple steps at once. Get
started with examples from the gallery and personalize with steps from
across your apps.
App developers can work with Siri to run shortcuts via a new SiriKit API.
Get live standings, schedules, rosters, and stats.
Translate phrases into many more languages, with support for over 40
Check facts about celebrities, such as "What is Gillian Flynn's latest
novel?" or "Where was Amy Adams born?"
Ask Siri questions about food and get answers from the USDA database,
including calories, vitamins, and how healthy a food is overall. For
example, ask "How much caffeine in coffee?" or "How healthy is fish?"
Photos Memories search
Use Siri to quickly pull up photos and memories based on people, places,
events, time, and keywords of objects and scenes in the photos.
Siri can help you search for any password.
Privacy and Security
Enhanced tracking prevention
Improvements prevent Share buttons and comment widgets on web pages from
tracking you without your permission in Safari. Safari also prevents
advertisers from collecting your device's unique settings, so they can't
retarget ads to you across the web.
Automatic strong passwords
Automatically create, autofill, and store strong passwords in Safari and iOS
apps. Passwords are stored in iCloud Keychain and are available on all your
Apple devices. And if you ever need to access your passwords, just ask Siri.
Password reuse auditing
Passwords that have been reused will be flagged in the passwords list, so
you can quickly navigate to the app or website and replace it with an
automatically generated strong password.
Security code AutoFill
SMS one-time passcodes will appear automatically as AutoFill suggestions, so
you never have to worry about quickly memorizing them or typing them again.
Easily share and receive passwords from nearby iOS devices, from an iOS
device to a Mac, and from an iOS device to Apple TV.
Password Manager API
Access passwords stored in third-party password managers directly from the
QuickType bar in apps and in Safari (requires third-party adoption).
The Apple Books app has been completely redesigned to make it easier for you
to discover, read, and listen to your favorite books.
Access your current book or start a new one in the Reading Now tab, visit
the new bookstore to browse and buy, and organize your library with more
The redesigned Stocks app keeps you more informed about the market. View
prices at a glance in the customizable watch list. Tap any ticker to see key
details and an interactive chart. Learn about what's driving the market with
business stories from Apple News. And for the first time ever, Stocks is
available on iPad as well as iPhone.
It's now easier to navigate your news feed. Swipe down to jump to your
favorite topics and channels on iPhone or tap the sidebar on iPad.
Voice Memos has been redesigned and is available on iPad. It's even easier
to capture your personal reminders, edit class lectures, or share family
moments. And with iCloud, you can record on your iPhone or iPad and harness
the power of your Mac to do even more.
CarPlay now supports third-party navigation apps, giving drivers even more
choices for a familiar experience on the dash while they drive.
Contactless student ID cards
With contactless student ID cards in Wallet, you can use your iPhone or
Apple Watch anywhere student ID cards are used on and off campus. Simply
hold your device near the reader to access places like your dorm, the
library, and campus events. Or pay for laundry, snacks, and dinners around
More battery information
The battery usage chart in Settings now shows your usage for the last 24
hours or 10 days. Tap a bar to see your app use for that period of time.
iOS 12 for iPad includes updated gestures that make it easier to navigate.
You can now go to the Home screen by swiping anywhere on the Dock. Get to
Control Center more conveniently with a swipe from the top-right corner.
Enjoy three new language dictionaries: an Arabic and English bilingual
dictionary, a Hindi and English bilingual dictionary, and a Hebrew
Get synonyms and related concepts for words with English Thesaurus.
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