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IOS 12 wants you to spend less time on your faster iPhone

IOS 12 wants you to spend less time on your faster iPhone

Apple's big WWDC 2018 keynote is a wrap!

So what else is new in iOS 12 apart from the focus on performance? But of course, this requires you to have a working Apple Developer Program membership with you, something which will set you back $99 on an annual basis. Apple faced a backlash late previous year when it emerged that the company slowed down some older iPhones with flagging batteries. Does the next version of macOS pack any exciting and innovative features? Read on for answers to all those questions and more from WWDC 2018.

Apple is making a new AR (open) file format with Pixar called USDZ that's optimized for size, and can be shared via email, Apple News, or simply iMessage. Apple is also planning an update to ARKit, its platform for developers to build augmented-reality experiences on iPhone and iPads, which it initially announced a year ago. "We're on a relentless pace of advancement with AR, and that continues today with ARKit 2".

3D Object Detection: letting apps identify existing real-world objects, update them, interact with them, and place AR objects on top of them.

When it rolls out in September, iOS 12 users can also expect redesigned News and Stocks apps (woo!), support for Group FaceTime calls, and - finally - an iPad version of the Voice Memos app.

The inclusion of ARKit 2 means there's a lot of potential for augmented reality apps.

Along similar lines, the iPhone's Do Not Disturb will now let users mute incoming notifications overnight, for an hour, or while at a specific location.

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'With iOS 12, we're enabling new experiences that weren't possible before.

There will a couple of new Animoji avatars that iPhone X users will be able to choose from (including a ghost, koala, tiger and Tyrannosaurus) with iOS 12; more importantly, Apple announced Memojis, which are customizable Animojis that you can make actually look like yourself. Also, anybody in the Group FaceTime will be able to customize how they appear, with different filters, Animoji or Memojis.

AR Kit 2 involves new features like distance recognition and multiplayer gaming, which Lego is integrating into whatever AR apps it has up its sleeves. Learn all about it in our big watchOS 5 post. Other new health and fitness features include two new workout types, a new cadence metric for indoor and outdoor running, a new pace alarm to keep runners at their designated pace and a rolling miler pace "for runners to see their pace for the immediately preceding mile in addition to their average pace or current pace".

The platform that powers the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K gets a nice update later this summer as well.

The Apple TV has also been promised a feature previously teased: Dolby Atmos, which will allow compatible audio equipment to deliver improved surround sound by bouncing audio off the ceiling. Last month, Google unveiled a "digital well-being" initiative at its I/O developers' conference, including new features for Android smartphones that make it easier to activate no-distraction modes and get feedback about excessive app use. Check out all the details in our tvOS post. One of the key focuses of this latest update to Apple's mobile operating system is performance, and the company is bringing iOS 12 to more devices than any other previous version.

For years, some consumers have criticized the iOS software for bugs. Sorry y'all. There are still some awesome new capabilities coming soon to your Mac in macOS Mojave, and you can learn all about them in our earlier coverage.


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