iOS 12 Re­booted

IOS12 WILL BE LOOK­ING TO COR­RECT THE PROB­LEMS OF ITS EAR­LIER AVATAR. IT ALSO HAS A HOST OF NEW FEA­TURES. HERE'S WHAT USERS CAN EX­PECT.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By Nidhi Sin­gal

With iOS 12, Ap­ple fixes the short­com­ings and brings in new fea­tures

THE 10TH AN­NIVER­SARY

of the iPhone turned out to be a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment. iOS 11, the heart and brain of the iPhone, was far from per­fect. In­fested with bugs, it slowed down many older gen­er­a­tion de­vices, bricked a few new ones and spoiled ex­pe­ri­ence of many. now, Ap­ple is look­ing to fix things with iOS 12 — ex­pected to be launched later this year . The fo­cus of iOS 12, says the com­pany, is en­hanc­ing per­for­mance, and new fea­tures

come later in the pri­or­ity list. We in­stalled iOS 12 Pub­lic Beta to test the wa­ters. Here’s what we found.

Per­for­mance im­prove­ment:

The pri­mary fo­cus of iOS 12 is en­hanc­ing the per­for­mance of the older de­vices that had suf­fered due to iOS 11. We tested iOS 12 Pub­lic Beta on iPhone 6. There was a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the over­all per­for­mance. The phone started work­ing much faster with quick ac­cess to the cam­era and smoother nav­i­ga­tion. Sup­port­ing a wide range of de­vices, iOS 12 is com­pat­i­ble with the last six gen­er­a­tion of iOS de­vices, go­ing back to iPhone 5S, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad (5th gen­er­a­tion) and up­wards.

Us­abil­ity ges­tures on iPad:

Ap­ple got so fo­cussed on im­prov­ing per­for­mance and fea­tures that it skipped men­tion­ing the sig­nif­i­cant up­dates iOS 12 brings to the iPad. The larger in­ter­face on the iPad now gets an iPhone-like ges­ture, mak­ing ev­ery­thing look cleaner and more ac­ces­si­ble. A quick semi-circle swipe from the bot­tom of the iPad is enough to switch be­tween running apps while a swipe up ag­gre­gates all the running apps in a sin­gle view. There is new ac­cess to the con­trol cen­tre from the top right, sim­i­lar to the one on iPhone X. There is also an iPhone­like sta­tus bar at the top – dis­play­ing date, time, wire­less con­nec­tion sta­tus, power re­main­ing, and more. Those who use both iPhone and iPad will feel at home.

Grouped No­ti­fi­ca­tion:

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion cen­tre has been re­vamped. All no­ti­fi­ca­tions from one source are now stacked to­gether. Right from the lock screen, we were able to man­age no­ti­fi­ca­tions and also choose how to re­ceive in­di­vid­ual no­ti­fi­ca­tions — whether qui­etly or not at all. We were even able to ac­cess app no­ti­fi­ca­tion set­tings. Also, mul­ti­ple no­ti­fi­ca­tions can be dis­missed at once.

Dig­i­tal Health:

We are get­ting ad­dicted to smart­phones. A lit­tle check on our brows­ing habits might be help­ful. iOS 12 has a Screen Time sec­tion with set­tings that track all ac­tiv­ity. The dig­i­tal health dash­board shows the num­ber of times you picked up your phone, no­ti­fi­ca­tions you re­sponded to, apps you spent the most time on and a lot many small de­tails of your dig­i­tal be­hav­iour. The ‘Down­time’ op­tion helps you stay away by grey­ing out the se­lected apps for the set time du­ra­tion. Only calls and apps un­barred from ‘Down­time’ load dur­ing the sched­uled time. This comes in handy when you are try­ing to fo­cus on work. You can set timers for app us­age for cer­tain cat­e­gories; this is re­set ev­ery mid­night. For in­stance, we set a one­hour limit for games in a day.

Group FaceTime:

FaceTime wins hands down when it comes to video call­ing be­tween iOS de­vices. FaceTime on iOS 12 can sup­port a group video call with up to 32 par­tic­i­pants. One can add more mem­bers to the FaceTime video call by sim­ply tap­ping the ‘+’ sign.

Siri Short­cuts:

Ap­ple is try­ing to im­pro­vise the ex­pe­ri­ence with the in­tro­duc­tion of Siri Short­cuts. We could not test it fully but this fea­ture sug­gests short­cuts based on user habits. It even al­lows cre­ation of cus­tomised short­cuts.

Mea­sure App:

We will see a lot many Aug­mented Re­al­ity apps apart from a lot more evolved ones. There is a Mea­sure app (it joins the list of pre-in­stalled apps on iOS 12) that mea­sures ob­jects by us­ing the cam­era. We were able to mark the points and get mea­sure­ments. The mea­sure­ments were mostly ac­cu­rate. The re­sults are dis­played in dif­fer­ent units.

Bed­time Mode in Do Not Dis­turb:

This can be boon for many. Those who pick their iPhones to check time at night will not be dis­turbed by the no­ti­fi­ca­tions on the screen.

Me­moji:

Along with the new An­i­moji, Ap­ple has added a new per­son­alised Me­moji. With plenty of op­tions to choose skin colour, hair style/colour, eyes, eye­brows, chin and more, af­ter cre­at­ing a Me­moji, you can record a video, which can be shared with other iOS users.

Apart from these, there are many new smaller up­dates, in­clud­ing the ad­vanced search in Pho­tos, im­pro­vised Voice Memo and Stock apps and more to en­hance the user ex­pe­ri­ence.

IOS 12 IS COM­PAT­I­BLE WITH THE LAST SIX GEN­ER­A­TIONS OF IOS DE­VICES, GO­ING BACK TO IPHONE 5S, IPAD AIR, IPAD MINI 2, IPAD (5TH GEN­ER­A­TION) AND UP­WARDS.

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