Apple Releases iOS 12 With Performance Improvement, Siri Shortcuts and More

Angelica Greene
September 18, 2018

As for compatability, iOS 12 is available on the iPhone 5s and newer iPhones, and the majority of the iPad devices. For older iPhones, Apple notes that apps now launch up to twice as fast, while camera launches are up to 70 percent faster, and the keyboard appears up to 50 percent faster. Before you proceed, we suggest backing up your device. With iOS 12, Siri starts catching up to Alexa and Google Assistant thanks to a new Shortcuts feature, which lets you create custom commands that perform multiple actions. The new Screen Time feature, which is similar to Android Pie's Digital Wellbeing, allows you to see how much time you've spent in certain apps, find out which apps send you the most notifications, and set time limits to keep you from wasting your entire day on them.

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 are launching this week, but if you've made a decision to keep your current iPhone or Apple Watch rather than upgrade, Apple's got something new for you, too.

In iPads, the list includes iPad Mini 2, 3 and 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad 6th and 5th generation which are all compatible with the latest iOS version.

Apple releases a new major version of iOS every single year, but they also have minor bugfix releases regularly. Here's how to download iOS 12. "iOS 12 represents that Apple's thinking more about how we use our phones instead of just adding more ways to use them".

Apple's iOS 12 update will arrive on an iPhone near you Monday, presumably at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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Screen Time will allow users to view detailed daily and weekly Activity Reports that shows how much time is spent on apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications were received, and how many times an iPhone or iPad was picked up.

However, if you generally fall on the cautious side, or if you depend on your devices to work properly, here's our advice on when you should think about installing these new versions.

Apple has been providing its major iOS releases through over-the-air updates for years now, and has ironed out the kinks.

Before getting the iOS 12 update on your iPhone, it is recommended that you backup your device either using iTunes or iCloud.

It comes with a strong focus on performance, especially in how that relates to older devices like the iPhone 6. If you've had enough of the beta life, you can easily downgrade right now. I've seen too many quirks and problems, a number related to the new privacy protections (see "Mojave's New Security and Privacy Protections Face Usability Challenges", 10 September 2018). It's a thing. So if you're one of the small percentage of people that's experiencing a bug, it's not going to be a lot of fun.

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