Dis­cover new and im­proved fea­tures in your free iPhone & iPad up­grade

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by Alan Stonebridge

This is the time of year when your iOS de­vices get a raft of im­prove­ments and new fea­tures, thanks to a ma­jor soft­ware up­date. We’ve spent the sum­mer months bear­ing with the beta ver­sions of iOS 12, in­ves­ti­gat­ing fresh fea­tures like Screen Time and scour­ing for new set­tings and be­hav­iours to bring you this com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of tips.

iOS 12 works on all the same de­vices as iOS 11, and Ap­ple boldly claims that it de­liv­ers per­for­mance im­prove­ments to older de­vices, not just the lat­est ones. So, don’t be fooled by the im­ages of iPhone X through­out this fea­ture, as many of these fea­tures ap­ply to ear­lier mod­els, with a few ob­vi­ous ex­cep­tions, such as the new Me­moji char­ac­ters you can cre­ate to rep­re­sent your­self in iMes­sage and Face­Time con­ver­sa­tions.

We’ll leave it up to you to de­ter­mine the ac­cu­racy of Ap­ple’s per­for­mance claims. But, we will say based on our time with iOS 12, other im­prove­ments bring enough ben­e­fits to con­sider this a great up­date. Check the apps and ac­ces­sories you de­pend upon are com­pat­i­ble with it be­fore mov­ing over. If all is good, the fol­low­ing 13 pages are packed with dozens of rea­sons to in­stall it to­day.

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