Apple Focuses on Performance, AR for iPhone Operating System


Lastly, iOS 12 is faster and more responsive than ever before.

The first is to enroll in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99, and while it's aimed at developers, it will also give you early access to beta code for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

iOS 12 also focuses on augmented reality. A macro-style feature will enable users to use a single voice command to perform multiple actions - such as pulling up directions for home, starting music and sending a text message all at once.

But, more importantly, grouped notifications are happening. LEGO, among other companies, are on board to create apps that share the same AR environments. There'll be improved face tracking, more realistic experiencing, and persistent experiences among others. So, don't expect any hardware news from the company.

The update includes support for multi-player AR games, additional features for the Siri digital assistant, and new ways to search for photos, block notifications and conduct FaceTime video conference calls.

Siri is getting a boost in iOS 12, with a new feature called "Shortcuts". Considering lots of people complained about just how buggy iOS 11 was, this is a nice touch and one that'll likely go down well with customers.

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Third-party mapping and navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze are coming to CarPlay, Apple's in-car interface for using apps while driving.

Voice Memos has been redesigned too and it's now available on the iPad. Users will also be able to search by business or place names, or even events such as a concert. Apple also announced a raft of new tools to help combat iPhone addiction. "With iOS 12, we're enabling new experiences that weren't possible before". Safari now also presents simplified system information when users browse the web, preventing them from being tracked based on their system configuration. It launched the iAd platform in 2010, where app developers could insert Apple's technology into their apps and users would be shown programmatically placed ads in the app. Apple took some dings for a number of bugs in iOS 11, so it makes sense that the company wants to make iOS 12 as clean as possible.

FaceTime finally gets group video chat support in iOS 12, with the ability to have as many as 32 different people on a single FaceTime video call.