iPhone User Guide – iOS 12 – What’s new in iOS 12


What’s new in iOS 12

Performance. iOS has been enhanced for a faster and more responsive experience on devices going all the way back to iPhone 5s.

Messages. Create personalized Memoji and use new Animoji (iPhone X and later). Express yourself with new camera effects including filters and stickers. And with the new Photos iMessage app, get photo suggestions based on whom you’re messaging with, what you’re talking about, and where you’ve taken photos together. See Use Animoji and Memoji in Messages on iPhone, Add camera effects to a photo or video, and Send a photo or video.

A Messages screen showing a Memoji being created.

FaceTime. Liven up the conversation as your favorite Memoji or Animoji, or add camera effects like filters, shapes, and stickers. See Add camera effects in FaceTime calls on iPhone.

Screen Time. Activity reports provide insight into how you and your family members are using your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can set time limits for using certain apps or entire categories of apps, such as games. See Set screen time, allowances, and limits on iPhone.

A screen showing a Screen Time report.

Notifications. Grouped notifications make it easy to see more information at a glance. Instant Tuning and Siri suggestions help you get just the notifications you want and need. See View and respond to notifications on iPhone.

Do Not Disturb. New options automatically end Do Not Disturb based on time or actions. Do Not Disturb during Bedtime dims your display and silences overnight notifications until you unlock your iPhone in the morning. See Set “Do Not Disturb during Bedtime” on iPhone.

A screen showing options to turn on Do Not Disturb for one hour, until this evening, until you leave a location, or until the end of an event.

Measure. Get the dimensions of real-world objects by pointing your iPhone camera at them. See Measure dimensions with iPhone.

A paper photograph is measured, with its dimensions showing at its right and bottom edges.

Photos. Photos is smarter than ever with an all-new search engine and a personalized For You tab. It can even suggest sharing a collection of photos with the people who are in them. See Use the Photos app on iPhone.

Camera. Portrait Lighting looks better than ever with improvements to the Stage Light and Stage Light Mono effects. And Camera now highlights QR codes in the frame, making them easier to scan. See Take photos with the camera on iPhone.

Siri. Add shortcuts for things you frequently do so you can ask Siri to do them. See Add shortcuts to Siri on iPhone. As Siri learns your routines, you also get suggestions for what you need to do, at just the right time, on the Lock screen and in Search. See About Siri Suggestions on iPhone.

A Lock screen showing a Siri suggestion “Order Mint Mojito.” Below the suggestion appear additional details: “Order a large, medium cream, medium sugar Mint Mojito at Philz Cupertino.”

Shortcuts app. Download this new app from the App Store and automate tasks you do often. Create or customize your own shortcuts to run multiple steps at once. Get started with examples from the gallery and personalize them with steps from multiple apps.

The Gallery tab in the Shortcuts app, showing suggestions for shortcuts.

Apple Books. The Books app (not available in all regions) has been completely redesigned to make it easier to discover and get your favorite books and audiobooks. See Read books in the Books app on iPhone.

Voice Memos. It’s even easier to capture and edit your recordings. And with iCloud, you can access your recordings in the new Voice Memos app on your iPad and Mac. See Make a recording in Voice Memos on iPhone.

A Voice Memos screen showing a recording in progress.

Stocks. Stocks has been completely redesigned for iPhone and iPod touch, and it’s an all-new app for iPad and Mac. See Check stocks on iPhone.

Apple News. It’s now easier to navigate your news feed in the redesigned app. And you can read News on your Mac, too. See Get started with News on iPhone.

Contactless student ID cards. On supported campuses, you can add your contactless student ID card to Wallet. Access locations where your student ID card is accepted like your dorm, the library, and campus events. You can even pay for laundry, snacks, and meals around campus. See Use your contactless student ID card.

Battery information. The battery usage chart in Settings now shows your usage for the last 24 hours or 10 days. See Charge and monitor the iPhone battery.

Privacy and security. Enhanced tracking prevention protects your privacy in Safari. Automatically create, autofill, and store strong passwords in Safari and iOS apps. See Create website and app passwords on iPhone.

A password screen showing an alphabetical list of websites and their account names. The first website listed has a reused password warning badge next to its URL.

Learn new tricks for iOS 12. The Tips app adds new suggestions frequently so you can get the most from your iPhone. See Get tips on iPhone.

Note: New features and apps may vary depending on your iPhone model, region, language, and carrier.