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These Are Some of the Best New Features Apple Is Introducing With iOS 12

Announced today at Apple's WWDC
Image via: Apple

Image via: Apple

At its WWDC 2018 event today in San Jose, Apple previewed iOS12, coming to iPhone and iPads later this year. Software VP Craig Federighi asserted that Apple would be "doubling down" on performance so that users' devices would feel faster and more responsive. Even on older devices supported by iOS 11, including the 2013 iPhone 5s, apps will reportedly launch 40 percent faster, the system keyboard will come up 50 percent faster, and the camera will open 70 percent faster. A number of notable features will also accompany the update.  

One of the more helpful features is called Screen Time, a tool to help iPhone users manage their time. A dashboard reveals the amount of time you spend on different apps, and you can even add limits to how you use those apps. Speaking of limits, Do Not Disturb during Bedtime will dim the display and hide all notifications on the lock screen, allowing users to get a better night's sleep. During waking hours, notifications will now be grouped by app, topic, or thread, and with a single swipe you can dismiss all the old notifications.

With Memoji, you’ll be have the ability to create an emoji in your own likeness by adjusting the character's features, skin color, hairstyle, accessories and more. If you prefer real conversations, the new Group Facetime feature will support more than just a one-on-one conversation. In fact, FaceTime will be able to handle a group chat for 32 people.

Rounding out some of the more significant updates are Siri Shortcuts, through which pre-determined Siri queries can automatically launch certain apps; improved search and organization in Photos; and better AR experiences, thanks to a new file format developed with Pixar called USDZ. 

iOS 12 will be available this fall as a free software update.