IOS 12: Do Not Disturb and Notifications get major overhauls

IOS 12: Do Not Disturb and Notifications get major overhauls

If you own an iPhone (5s or newer), or an iPad, you can now officially update it to iOS 12, the latest and greatest version of Apple's mobile operating system. Along with some exercise features, such as the ability for it to detect when you start and stop working out, there's also (finally) a Podcasts app. Those who were running the public beta would have already got the golden master of the iOS 12. If you'd like more regular updates throughout the day though, the app recommends putting CARROT in your Watch's dock and turning on a "Show More Cards" option from the iPhone app's Siri face settings. Back up your iPhone or iPad before downloading iOS 12.

A lot of the changes in iOS 12 are under the hood in the form of performance improvements.

While there have been instances in the past of iOS being unkind on batteries for one reason or another, from our testing and experience with iOS 12 it appears that is not the case this time around. Plug in your device, make sure you're connected to WiFi and you can get started. These tips will come in handy as you transition your device from whatever its now running to the latest version of iOS. They can also set time limits for individual apps and particular kinds of apps, and restrict access to material that isn't age-appropriate.

While iOS 12 doesn't need as much free space to install as some of the earlier releases of iOS, getting rid of apps that you no longer use - or perhaps have never used - makes good sense.

The Apple iPhone XS released in Australia on September 21 features upgrades to its glass camera chip stereo and water resistance
The Apple iPhone XS released in Australia on September 21 features upgrades to its glass camera chip stereo and water resistance

Apple has improved AR in this update, and claims users can enjoy an "even more realistic mix of the virtual and real world with support for image detection and tracking, making it possible to detect 3D objects and automatically apply reflections".

Considering iOS updates have been regarded with a level of caution after controversies around previous rollouts caused users handsets to slowdown, this is a pretty reassuring development. Considering both pieces of software are in the final draft stage, it's likely Siri Shortcuts will arrive alongside the new software update. As an added bonus you can translate phrases between over 50 languages now, and even ask Siri to remember one of your passwords (it's shown on screen, not read out).

How does this new supercharged version of Siri work?

AR files can now be viewed almost anywhere in iOS, including apps like Messages, Safari, Mail, Files and News. Headlining the Messages party are "Memoji", which are custom animoji you can create to look just like you, with whatever hairstyle, eye color, and facial features you want.

iOS 12 - How do I get the new update?

It's notable that Apple is calling the update "iOS 12" and not "HomePod 12" or "homeOS 12".

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