Here are the highlights from Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developers' Conference

WWDC 2018 live stream

WWDC 2018 live stream

Rick Broida detailed which devices support iOS 12, but the cheat sheet for compatibility is if your device runs iOS 11, it will run iOS 12.

It stated that iOS 12 will double down on performance, making devices faster and more responsive. Like the iOS App Store, which was redesigned a year ago, the new Mac App Store celebrates apps, games and developers with an all-new Discover tab featuring compelling stories, in-depth interviews, helpful tips, collections of must-have apps and more.

Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers' Conference on Monday in San Jose, California, unveiling new updates to its operating system, customizable Animoji, new fitness features and more.

This includes improved processor performance, which now peaks quicker when it is needed, and then ramps down quickly to save battery life.

What else is new in iOS 12?

Apple has teamed up with Pixar to create an Augmented Reality file format called USDZ or Universal Scene Description. Apple's new video group chat app isn't likely to outright kill these competitors, but it might make a big dent in their usage, because for group video calls, people will switch to a better alternative as soon as they find one. Just look at any object through your camera to see its measurements.

Testing iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 Plus saw the phone launch apps 40% faster, call up the keyboard display 50% faster, and slide up to take a photo up to 70% faster, Federighi said. Search suggestions will also offer sharing suggestions to people you'd like to share photos with. Amazon, by contrast, was much more open to controlling apps with its Alexa assistant.


An example is saying "where are my keys" to have an app open which locates your auto keys. "We're using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri", Apple's top software engineering exec Craig Federighi said in a statement. For example, you can build a shortcut that'll bring up your Kayak travel plans when you say "Travel plans" to Siri. It's first phase of this is seen this year with News, Home, Stocks, and Voice Memos being ported.

Apple shares closed up 0.8 percent at $191.83 after the news, and rose to $192.40 in extended trading.

While Federighi said that improving speed and other performance was Apple's major focus with iOS 12, he announced a handful of interesting new apps and features that will be available with the upgrade.

Engineers have been working on a tool called Digital Health, according to Bloomberg, which will allow users to monitor and curb the amount of time they spend using their phones.

The Do Not Disturb During Bedtime feature blocks access to notifications during preset hours. You'll still be able to keep notifications from playing a noise, but now you'll also be able to prevent them from even cluttering your screen.

iOS 12 will now allow users to interact with or dismiss a number of notifications at once. FaceTime will be able to support up to 32 simultaneous users.

The Downtime feature lets users specify a certain period in when they can't use their device - when they should be asleep, for example. FaceTime is now also integrated into the Messages app so you can start a Group FaceTime right from a group you had in your Messages app.

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