It's just ticked over 3 weeks since Apple released their latest software update, iOS 12.
There are two types of people when it comes to Apple's software updates.
- Those that update their software instantly (auto-updates obviously help this)
- Those that will sit back and let others go into the forest first, making sure there are no nasty bugs that might suck
If you're one of those in the latter, so far so good... it seems. But to help further ease your mind, we've put together a quick review of the new software.
"iOS 12 brings performance improvements and exciting new features to iPhone and iPad." - apple.com
Before we go any further, one thing to remember, with any update, is that it's not solely about Apple's new software. Bugs may be related to third-party Apps not being compliant with the latest update.
IT'S ALL ABOUT PERFORMANCE
Yes, there are some exciting new features but first and foremost, iOS 12 is all about performance. This is not a "style" update as the interface looks the same. No flashy spray paint. It's more of a what's under-the-hood kind of update. Apple's site claims iOS 12 has a faster and more responsive experience across the system.
Key points when it comes to performance:
- Keyboard is up to 50 percent faster
- Camera launches 70 percent faster
- Apps launch up to twice as fast when under a heavy workload
The big statement from Apple in terms of performance is that "all supported devices see improved performance, going back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air".
There was widespread criticism this year (and acceptance from Apple) that their updates were slowing down older devices. Well, it seems that Apple has heard the message loud and clear and made this a focus for the iOS 12 update.
As always, there are plenty of new minor features to the default apps (Camera, Photos, Siri, Messages etc.). But there are two new features that have grabbed most of the attention. Most surprisingly, they have been designed to make you use your phone less.
- Grouped notifications
- Screen time
Not too much explaining here as the name says it all.
If you're part of a Facebook messenger group (or many) and haven't checked your notifications for a while, you'll know how annoying the abundance of notifications can be.
Feel you've been wasting time scrolling Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? The new Screen Time is designed to help you spend less time staring at your iPhone and more time well... doing anything else.
Customise limits for Apps and Time to suit your needs. Parents will especially love the 'Family' feature where you can limit the time for devices that your kids use.
If you're on the iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max or XR, there are plenty of updates to the memojis and for developers, the options for augmented reality have improved. To read all the iOS 12 updates visit: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-12/