Top Features of iOS 12 to Take Advantage of Today

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  • Ben Greiner

    Additional iOS 12 tidbits we picked up from various reviews

    Automatic software updates (presented as 'Keep Your [Device Name] Up to Date' at setup) is the recommended default option as suggested by the large 'Continue' button highlighted in blue. According to Apple, iOS devices will send a notification before automatic software updates are installed overnight, presumably giving users the chance to delay installation until later. Automatic software updates can be disabled at any time by navigating to Settings ⇾ General ⇾ Software Update.

    The best part of the iPad's revised gestures is that you can now accomplish everything – be it closing apps or entering multitasking – with just one finger. This gesture feels great in use and makes each interaction more natural and less disjointed than before. This gesture change isn't explained in the interface, but you can even quickly swipe up and immediately move to the right (a semicircle, effectively) to navigate the app switcher horizontally, like an iPhone X.

    The main addition to Do Not Disturb in iOS 12 is the ability to enable it for different time periods suggested in Control Center or throughout the OS via Siri. Pressing on the Do Not Disturb icon in Control Center reveals an expanded platter with buttons to activate it for 1 hour, until the evening/next morning, or until you leave the current location. If a calendar event is occurring at the time you open Control Center, the Do Not Disturb platter will also offer you an option to activate it until the event is over.

    When your device is in Do Not Disturb During Bedtime mode, waking it will show you a dimmed, and empty lock screen with a single Do Not Disturb notification. The approach works well as it helps you spot the time more easily at night (the white clock stands out against the dimmed background) and prevents the anxiety of being inundated with a barrage of notifications. Out of sight, out of mind.

    App limits! These are timers that you set for individual apps or entire app categories to define how much you can use them every day. Effectively, they are personal allowances. App limits can be created from a standalone app category in Screen Time, as well as by drilling into individual app statistics. App limits reset every day at midnight; they can be entered with a standard time picker, and they apply to all devices signed into the same iCloud account.

    The Downtime feature lets you schedule periods during which only particular apps (along with phone calls) can be accessed. App Limits enables you to restrict time spent on whole categories of apps and those apps' associated websites, like "games" or "social networking." Moreover, the Content & Privacy Restrictions menu lets you micromanage every aspect of your phone's functionality and content, like restricting whether the user can delete or install new apps, use location services, or see advertising. You can even apply a hard audio volume limit if the clashing and clanging in your kids' games drives you crazy.

    Tap & hold on the space bar until the keyboard becomes a trackpad.

    Turn on Dictionaries and Thesaurus in Settings > General > Dictionary.

    In iOS 12, Apple is making Markup mode more powerful by adding new drawing options and a color picker with 120 color choices.

    CONCLUSION

    What iOS 12 does is make older devices more usable. Also, it deploys an array of tools that developers might use to create much more impressive and powerful apps in the future.

  • Ben Greiner

    SUPPORTED MODELS

    iOS 12 supports the same devices that iOS 11 did, starting from the iPhone 5s and 6th generation iPod touch up to the latest iPhone and iPad models

    Supported iPhone models

    • iPhone X
    • iPhone 8
    • iPhone 8 Plus
    • iPhone 7
    • iPhone 7 Plus
    • iPhone 6S
    • iPhone 6S Plus
    • iPhone 6
    • iPhone 6 Plus
    • iPhone SE
    • iPhone 5S

    Supported iPad models

    • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
    • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
    • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
    • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
    • iPad 6th generation
    • iPad 5th generation
    • iPad Air 2
    • iPad Air
    • iPad mini 4
    • iPad mini 3
    • iPad mini 2

    Supported iPod models

    • iPod touch 6th generation

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