Apple releases iOS 12

Saul Franklin
September 18, 2018

She talks about performance and stability too, and there's good news in those areas! iOS 12 is compatible with the iPhone 5s and newer, iPad 5th gen and newer (basically any device already compatible with iOS 11) and watchOS 5 is compatible with all Apple Watch models except the original 2015 edition.

For a complete rundown on the list of features that are included in iOS 12, head over to Apple now. We didn't have an iPhone 5s to test at the time of publishing, but if Apple can deliver on this promise, it's a big deal-and a big change from iOS releases in the past, which were notorious for crippling older phones. Click on that, and you should see the iOS 12 Beta Software Profile.

Often when an app receives immediate support for a significant new OS feature, its implementation of that feature isn't as rich or extensive as updates that arrive later. But Apple is taking things a step further - you can now create an Animoji of yourself, kind of like Snapchat's Bitmoji.

If you own an iPhone X you'll be treated to some new Animojis - ghost, koala, tiger, and T. rex - and another animated emoji is joining the party. In our testing, the consumer-ready version of iOS 12, which app creators also got early, did not include the Siri Shortcuts app either.

Notifications can now also be grouped and managed by app. Apple has finally fixed this plague by grouping notifications from the same app together.

All you have to do is go into Settings- General, and scroll to the bottom where you should see an option called Profiles.

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The result shows up on the lock screen!

Not every Apple product will be available to install and run iOS 12.

Since this is CARROT Weather we're talking about, one of the most customizable apps I know of, it's only fitting that you can modify both verbal responses and visual summary cards to your exact specifications. "And keeping using them is the best thing for the planet".

There are two ways to update to iOS 12. As you make changes, a live preview at the top of the screen will update, helping you understand exactly what your final setup will look like when invoking shortcuts. You'll also find a new "For You" tab, which-similar to Facebook or Google Photos-will feature photos from this day in the past, or effects it thinks you might want to add to recent images.

You can either create a local backup using iTunes, or backup to iCloud by going to Settings iCloud Backup, and then turning on iCloud Backup.

It comes with a strong focus on performance, especially in how that relates to older devices like the iPhone 6.

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