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New features to look forward to with iOS 12

More devices than ever before will be impacted by Apple’s newest update to its operating system. Why? Previously, not all iOS updates were compatible with older devices. However, this time around, that’s not the case — the update will significantly boost the performance of older devices. Users should notice a dramatic difference in speed and responsiveness.

Here’s the list of Apple devices that are compatible with the iOS 12 update:

  • iPhone: 5s, SE, 6/6 Plus, 7/7 Plus, 8/8 Plus and X
  • iPad: mini 2, mini 3, mini 4, Air, Air 2, 5th gen, 6th gen, and Pro
  • iPod touch: 6th gen

Asurion’s tech experts got their hands on iOS 12 and shared some of their favorite new features and improvements in the new update:

Brand new features in iOS 12

Screen Time

Screen Time: Monitor your phone usage, including what apps you use the most. There are several settings that will help you “unplug” from your device. For parents, Screen Time can be configured to work in Parental Controls.

Siri Shortcuts

Siri Shortcuts: Teach Siri commands so you can interact more naturally with your AI assistant. The update allows Siri to perform several operations at once when given only one command.

Security Code Autofill

Security Code Autofill: Detects when apps and websites send one-time verification codes via text and instantly adds them to appear as an AutoFill suggestion at the top of your keyboard.

iMessage Camera Effects

iMessage Camera Effects: Add stickers, text and filters to any photo you take during an iMessage conversation.

Measure App: Put down the measuring tape and pick up your phone. Using the new Measure app, you can use your iPhone to collect accurate measurements through AR just by using your device’s camera.

Memoji Image

Memoji: Customize your memoji to look like you or whoever you want. (Only available to iPhone X users)

Improvements to older features

  • Apple Books: Formerly iBooks, has a sleek new redesign. It’s more in line with Apple’s other iOS apps like Music and News.
  • Grouped Notifications: No more reverse-chronological order notifications, they’ll be grouped by application. Tap the group to expand it out to see all the other notifications from that specific app.
  • Shared Albums: Previously iCloud Photo Sharing, Photos will identify if you have photos it thinks you should share. If you do, it’ll asked which ones to add to the album.
  • Face ID: Lets users add more than one face to their device.

Despite Apple announcing Group FaceTime back in June (much to everyone’s excitement), it’s been delayed and will not be available when iOS 12 is released.

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