IOS 12 promises new life for older devices this fall

IOS 12 promises new life for older devices this fall

IOS 12 promises new life for older devices this fall

Another year, another version of iOS. Don't worry if you missed out on watching Apple's big show on Monday though, because we've got you covered.

"With iOS 12, we're enabling new experiences that weren't possible before", said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. Following the release of iOS 11 and the #BatteryGate controversy, Apple is focusing on performance improvements with iOS 12 on older devices.

iPhones have had NFC chips in them for years, but until now they've been restricted for use with Apple Pay only.

What's new for the iPhone and iPad in iOS 12?

Note: The iOS 12 beta is not yet available via the public beta program, only via the paid Apple Developer Program.

Music lovers also will be able to set up the HomePod and other speakers through Apple's Home app. Last year's iOS 11 was all about bringing MacOS-like productivity features to the iPad, such as a file manager app and the new dock that can hold up to 16 icons (apps or folders).

This includes improved processor performance, which now peaks quicker when it is needed, and then ramps down quickly to save battery life. Even when there is a lot going on across the system, apps can launch up to twice as fast. It'll tell you how often you pick up your phone, which apps send you the most notifications and so on.

Engineers have been working on a tool called Digital Health, according to Bloomberg, which will allow users to monitor and curb the amount of time they spend using their phones. If they want a little extra time, they can hit ignore - a bit pressing snooze on the alarm app.

iOS 12 will finally be revamping Apple's reviled notification system and granting users some ability to control them, including granular notification controls and bundled notifications.

Here's the app you'll need for the Apple TV, but be warned it'll need to be running tvOS 10.2 software or above to be able to download the app.

Setting up Shortcuts will be simple.

Apple's aptly-named Measure app takes advantage of the company's developments in augmented reality to let users measure real-world objects, like furniture, picture frames and more. It showed off two new AR games, including one from toymaker Lego, and an app that measures physical objects.

FaceTime will now support conversations with up to 32 participants - a massive upgrade over the current one-to-one calling. Grouped notifications make it easier to view and manage multiple notifications at once.

And of course, the biggest new feature set to debut in iOS 12 is Memoji, allowing you to create lifelike Animoji.

Apple is adding a collection of features created to stop people getting addicted to their devices.

Apple is making its strongest statement yet today on privacy and the inclination of companies like Facebook to track users. The app will suggest search options before you ever start typing, offering to sort images by people, places or categories.

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