Apple Focuses on Performance, AR for iPhone Operating System

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

Apple Focuses on Performance, AR for iPhone Operating System

Apple has unveiled iOS 12 at its WWDC 2018 conference in San Jose, California.

We're extremely glad that Apple introduced a method of trying out new beta software without doing a clean install of it. iOS 12 Beta gets the same treatment as well. As well as improvements in areas such as performance it also debuted with a number of new features and upgrades to existing areas of interest within the operating system. WWDC might not normally be a hardware event, but this year Apple said it is all about the software rather than updates to the iPad, Mac or iPhone. Everyone else will have to wait until the Public Beta becomes available later in June or until the final release, which usually happens in the fall.

Using an iPhone 6S as an example, Apple said it will be 40% faster with the keyboard opening 50% faster and photos snapping 70% faster.

This includes improved processor performance, which now peaks quicker when it is needed, and then ramps down quickly to save battery life. In times of high load, these CPU tweaks should mean that apps last twice as fast.

The company broadened the ways that developers could work with Siri, allowing more in-app use. "They beg us to use their apps".

Parents can also set limits, using "Allowances" to allow their children ertain amounts of time on their devices. If they want a little extra time, they can hit ignore - a bit pressing snooze on the alarm app. "Do Not Disturb" on the whole will be able to be location-based, too, meaning that you can opt out of notifications in certain locations. Apple has also grouped together notifications by topic and app, to make apps a little less annoying.

Apple has overhauled its virtual assistant Siri to control third-party apps without users having to open them. It's also letting iPhone users create their own personal animoji avatars called "Memoji", similar to Snap's Bitmoji or Nintendo's Mii. The company said Siri gets 10 billion requests per week.

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Apple announced the second version of its augmented reality develop kit - ARKit 2.

Improved face tracking, realistic rendering, 3D object detection, persistent and shared experiences. You can now facetime with up to 32 people. It'll be integrated directed into the Messages app, so group conversations can be continued even after the FaceTime ends.

You can now assign phrases to Siri with other apps to help the digital assistant answer commands faster.

A redesigned Voice Memos application for the iPhone that's also coming to the iPad for the first time.

The Photos app will look nearly the same, but a number of changes under the hood should make searching within the app much more powerful. There's a "For You" tab now that features effects suggestions, and also, Sharing hints for sharing pics with people photographed alongside you.

A new "Screen Time" app will send you a weekly activity summary, showing you how long you've spent ogling sandwiches on Instagram, and which apps send you the most notifications. Safari now also automatically creates, autofills and stores strong passwords when users create new online accounts and flags reused passwords so users can change them.

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