Apple Inc unveiled on Monday that their latest operating system set to release, iOS 12, will make older devices, such as the iPhone 6, work better. iOS 12 will be able to carry out simple tasks, like opening an app, twice as fast as the previous version of the software. Apple noted that iOS 12 will be available on all devices which its predecessor was available on, devices which date back to 2013.
Along with the new iOS update, Apple are also bringing some more major updates this year. They are adding a brand-new app call Measure. Measure helps you take measurements of real-world objects. The app uses your iPhone’s camera to virtually take accurate readings, letting you see the width, length, and height of things just by tapping your screen.
Your notifications will also now be grouped by app. Apple has historically sorted notifications chronologically, but with iOS 12, they’ll be grouped by app. It’s a change that users have been begging Apple to adopt for years, and it’s one area where Android has had a major leg up, making it a lot easier to deal with piles and piles of notifications.
The Photos app is becoming smarter and more interactive too, putting it on par with app like the ever-popular Google Photos. You will now be recommended to search for people, places, categories and more. The upgraded Photos app will also suggest photos and videos to share with the people who are in them. When someone accepts the images from you, they’ll get a recommendation to share their photos back with you. Apple says that sharing is end-to-end encrypted and works via iMessage.
FaceTime just got a whole lot bigger too! It will soon support group chats with up to 32 participants. Voice memos will be getting a new fresh design, as is Apple Stocks and News. Voice memos will also be available to iPad users for the first time ever.
A new addition to the iOS 12 features list is an upgrade to the CarPlay app. No longer will it force you to use the mediocre Apple Maps to get directions, instead you will be able to use navigation from any of your favourite third-party apps, such as Waze and Google Maps.
CarPlay supported third-party apps in other scenarios, but now it no longer locks you into using its own service, to which many users are delighted by.
Apple Maps is far from a beloved app, and whilst it has improved slightly over the course of time, there are plenty of reasons people prefer to use other navigational apps, like all the customisable aspects of Waze and the additional info you can gather from other users of the app, such as roadworks and possible RTAs.
Waze has become vastly popular in the past few years, it’s currently the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Drivers are able to share real-time traffic and road information, saving other drivers time and fuel on their daily commute. Users are alerted before they approach police, accidents, road hazards or traffic jams, like a personal heads-up from millions of other users using the app.
Apple noted that most major vehicle manufacturers are partnering with Apple to incorporate CarPlay, which gives iPhone users in-car access to its phone services, Apple Music, iMessage, Apple Books (fancy new name!) and podcasts, along with a selection of third-party apps like Spotify, Google Play Music, NPR and iHeartRadio, as well as Siri support.
It’s not clear yet how many users there are of CarPlay, nor how many cars are fully equipped to work alongside it, but the hope is that with its increased usefulness, the service will see more adoption.
Lastly, they will be broadening their animoji and camera effects options, with the new addition of memoji to the family. Memojis will be animated avatars which mimic your facial expressions and head movements. Memoji will be customisable to look like you, much like Snap’s personalized Bitmoji characters.
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