As announced at last week’s event, Apple has just released iOS 12, the latest version of its mobile operating system, featuring significant performance improvements for older iPhones along with a number of new and enhanced features. iOS 12 supports all of the same devices as iOS 11, ranging back to the 2013 iPhone 5s, and promises huge speed boosts for older devices, such as a 70 percent improvement in Camera launch times, a 50 percent improvement in keyboard response, and double the speed of launching apps. iOS 12 also adds a new Screen Time feature, allowing users to keep track of how much they — or their kids — are spending on their iPhones and iPads, and what apps they’re spending time in, along with augmented AR experiences, including allowing multiple people to play the same AR game or collaborate on projects, as well all leaving objects in the virtual world and returning to them later. A new Measure app also takes advantage of the iPhone’s AR features, allowing real-world objects to be accurately measured with the iPhone camera. For iPhone X series users, the Animoji features have also been expanded with new avatars and a new “Memoji” feature that allows users to create their own digital persona for use in Messages, and new camera effects can be used to enhance snapshots in Messages or even live conversations in FaceTime. A new Siri Shortcuts feature will allow users to program short key phrases to trigger specific functions in built-in or third-party apps, as well as customizing daily routines to operate across multiple apps. iOS 12 is available now as an over-the-air update by visiting Settings, General, Software Update. Be sure to keep an eye out for our more detailed guide on what’s new in iOS 12, coming soon.
Jesse Hollington was a Senior Editor at iLounge. He's written about Apple technology for nearly a decade and had been covering the industry since the early days of iLounge. In his role at iLounge, he provided daily news coverage, wrote and edited features and reviews, and was responsible for the overall quality of the site's content.