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New features available with iOS 12.
iOS 12 is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive, and more delightful.
Faster and more responsive
The things you do every day are faster than ever — across more devices. iOS has been overhauled for improved performance on devices as far back as iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
Animations are smoother across the system. So when you do things like bring up Control Center, swipe while multitasking, or scroll in apps, it’s more fluid and responsive.
Up to 40% faster app launch
Apps launch faster in day-to-day use. And when you’re pushing your iOS device to the limit, multitasking between lots of apps, they launch up to 2x faster.
Up to 50% faster keyboard display
The keyboard appears faster and typing is more responsive.
Up to 70% faster swipe to Camera
Swiping to Camera from the Lock screen happens faster so you never miss a moment.
Up to 2x faster Share sheet display under load
The Share sheet appears faster than ever, especially if you have a lot of sharing extensions installed.
Make FaceTime calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously.
FaceTime audio and video
Answer incoming Group FaceTime calls with video or audio on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or join with audio on Apple Watch.
Join or add people to Group FaceTime at any time.
Focus View in Group FaceTime
During Group FaceTime, the speaker will automatically be front and center. Or with Focus View, you can double-tap the person you’d like to see.
Group FaceTime uses a silent notification that participants can tap to join.
Start Group FaceTime right from a group Messages conversation. See and join active calls from the conversation list or in the conversation itself.
Use FaceTime with your friends and family as your favorite Animoji or Memoji.
Transform your look using built-in filters, like classic black and white, comic book, and watercolor.
Add text effects like speech bubbles and emoji to your photos or videos.
Jazz up your photos and videos with shapes like stars, hearts, and arrows.
iMessage sticker packs
Download sticker packs from the App Store for iMessage to enhance your photos and videos. Stickers track the movement of your face and move with you.
Private end-to-end encryption
FaceTime is encrypted end to end for both one-to-one and group calls, so your conversations remain private and viewable only by the participants.
New tools empower you to understand and make choices about how much time you spend using apps and websites.
Get reports weekly or check Today View anytime to see app usage, notifications, and device pickups.
Use your family’s Apple IDs to set up Screen Time for your kids to keep an eye on how much time they spend on apps and websites. They can request more time for you to approve.
Set the amount of time you and your kids can spend each day on specific apps and websites.
Set a specific time, like bedtime, when apps and notifications are blocked. You can choose which apps are on and off limits.
Create exceptions for apps you’d like your kids to have access to even during Downtime, such as Messages or education apps.
Message threads and notification topics are grouped together, so it’s easier to see what’s important with just a glance at your iPhone or iPad.
Control your notification settings the moment you receive an alert, without having to leave what you’re doing.
Within Instant Tuning, you can choose to have notifications delivered silently to Notification Center by default so you’re not interrupted by alerts.
Siri notification suggestions
Get suggestions based on how you interact with your notifications, such as which app notifications to deliver prominently and which ones to send to Notification Center.
A new type of opt-in alert for important information, like reports from a healthcare provider, which you’ll receive even during Do Not Disturb.
Tapback to messages
Quickly reply to messages with an expression, like a heart or a
thumbs-up, by touching and holding the notification.
Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb During Bedtime
Dim your display and silence overnight notifications until you unlock your iPhone in the morning.
New Do Not Disturb options
Set Do Not Disturb to end automatically in an hour, at the end of the day, when you leave a certain location, or at the end of a meeting on your calendar.
Persistent and multiuser experiences
AR experiences can now be shared across time and fixed to real-world locations, so you can create a piece of AR art that can be viewed later in the same place by someone else.
3D object recognition
ARKit 2 recognizes objects and how your device is oriented to them, and can use that information to trigger AR experiences.
Face tracking now sees where you’re looking and can detect whether you’re sticking out your tongue or winking.
AR is even more lifelike, enabling virtual objects to reflect the real-world scene in your camera.
USDZ file format
A new format that helps 3D creators to create rich content and animations optimized for mobile devices.
AR Quick Look
View AR experiences in the apps you use every day, including Files, Mail, Messages, and Safari.
Draw straight lines to measure objects and surfaces both vertically and horizontally using your iPhone or iPad camera, and automatically detect dimensions of rectangular objects.
For You tab
A single destination for your Memories, Shared Album activity, and the best moments in your library. Featured Photos and Effect Suggestions intelligently show you your best photos and propose effects to make them even better.
Photos understands when you’ve done something meaningful, like taking a trip or attending an event, and will suggest sharing the photos with the people who are in them. And if you receive photos from someone else, your device will look for photos in your library from the same event and suggest sharing photos back.
Intelligent search suggestions
Smart suggestions help you find photos even before you finish typing by suggesting events, people, places, and relative dates.
Search for photos based on the places or businesses where you were when you took them, whether it’s a general category, like “Japanese restaurant,” or a specific place, like “Jacques Torres Chocolate.”
Search for photos from events you’ve attended, like the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Multiple keyword search
Now you can combine keywords in searches, like “surfing” and “vacation,” for even better results.
It’s easier than ever to import photos and videos from your professional camera on the go.
RAW editing support
You can now edit your RAW images in Photos on iPhone and iPad models with an A9 chip or later.
Redesigned Albums tab
Find existing and shared albums more quickly and efficiently.
Improved Portrait Lighting
Portrait mode photos are better than ever. Camera now generates a mask when it detects a person and intelligently and elegantly separates the person from the scene.
Portrait Segmentation API
A new API for third-party developers allows for the separation of layers in a photo, such as separating the background from the foreground.
Improved QR code reader
Camera now highlights QR codes in the frame, making them easier to scan.
A quicker way to do the things you do most often. As Siri learns your routines, you’ll get suggested shortcuts for just what you need, at just the right time, on the Lock screen or in search.
New Shortcuts app
Create or customize your own shortcuts to run multiple steps at once. Get started with examples from the gallery and personalize with steps from across your apps.
App developers can work with Siri to run shortcuts via a new SiriKit API.
Photos Memories search
Use Siri to quickly pull up photos and memories based on people, places, events, time, and keywords of objects and scenes in the photos.
Privacy and Security
Enhanced tracking prevention
Improvements prevent Share buttons and comment widgets on web pages from tracking you without your permission in Safari. Safari also prevents advertisers from collecting your device’s unique settings, so they can’t retarget ads to you across the web.
Automatic strong passwords
Automatically create, autofill, and store strong passwords in Safari and iOS apps. Passwords are stored in iCloud Keychain and are available on all your Apple devices.
Password reuse auditing
Passwords that have been reused will be flagged in the passwords list, so you can quickly navigate to the app or website and replace it with an automatically generated strong password.
Security code AutoFill
SMS one-time passcodes will appear automatically as AutoFill suggestions, so you never have to worry about quickly memorizing them or typing them again.
Easily share and receive passwords from nearby iOS devices, from an iOS device to a Mac, and from an iOS device to Apple TV.
Password Manager API
Access passwords stored in third-party password managers directly from the QuickType bar in apps and in Safari (requires third-party adoption).
The Apple Books app has been completely redesigned to make it easier for you to discover and read your favorite books. Access your current book or start a new one in the Reading Now tab, visit the new bookstore, and organize your library with more flexible collections.
The redesigned Stocks app keeps you more informed about the market. View prices at a glance in the customizable watch list. Tap any ticker to see key details and an interactive chart. And for the first time ever, Stocks is available on iPad as well as iPhone.
Voice Memos has been redesigned and is available on iPad. It’s even easier to capture your personal reminders, edit class lectures, or share family moments. And with iCloud, you can record on your iPhone or iPad and harness the power of your Mac to do even more.
More battery information
The battery usage chart in Settings now shows your usage for the last 24 hours or 10 days. Tap a bar to see your app use for that period of time.
iOS 12 for iPad includes updated gestures that make it easier to navigate. You can now go to the Home screen by quickly swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Get to Control Center more conveniently with a swipe from the top-right corner.
Turn the QuickType keyboard into a trackpad on devices without 3D Touch by touching and holding the space bar.
Enjoy three new language dictionaries: an Arabic and English bilingual dictionary, a Hindi and English bilingual dictionary, and a Hebrew dictionary.
Get synonyms and related concepts for words with English Thesaurus.
New markup tools
When you mark up a screenshot or PDF or draw in Notes, you can now choose from more colors, line weights, and opacities for each tool.
Favicons in Safari on iPad
View website favicons on tabs in Safari to identify your open tabs at a glance.
Automatic software update
A new option allows iOS software updates to be installed automatically, so you always have the latest. When you enable this setting, software updates will be installed overnight.