Apple’s annual iOS update, iOS 12, will be hitting devices later this year. It’ll bring things like your standard performance improvements, new Animoji features, Memoji — since everyone has always wanted to turn themselves into an Animoji — group FaceTime, camera effects, ways to limit your screen time and many more features that Apple crammed into its two hour-long keynote presentation. As usual, however, there were still a bunch of new features that didn’t make the keynote. Here are 12 things Apple didn’t mention onstage at WWDC.
Apple unveils Memoji for iOS 12
Alongside new Animoji and tongue detection (yes, that’s a thing), what Apple didn’t mention is that Animoji can now be longer. With the iOS 12 update, the 10-second Animoji limit will be increased to 30 seconds… because who doesn’t want to look at talking poop for a full 30 seconds, right?
Redesigned App Strip in Messages
A finer detail that many will be happy about is the App Strip in Messages. In iOS 12, the App Strip will take up less space as you type. No additional details about this feature were given, but less UI clutter is always appreciated.
Apple announced redesigned notifications with grouped notifications, better control over notifications and improved Do Not Disturb settings. One thing it didn’t mention during the keynote, however, is what it calls critical alerts.
Critical alerts are opt-in notifications about important information, such as reports from your doctor. Even with Do Not Disturb turned on, you’ll receive notifications from these alerts.
Limit your screen time with iOS 12
Raw photo import
Raw-format photo support isn’t exactly new to iOS. In fact, raw was added back in iOS 10. With iOS 12, though, you’ll be able to import raw photos from your computer and camera. Apple also says the import process for photos and videos from your professional camera will be improved, but it doesn’t elaborate on how exactly.
With iOS 11, Apple changed the way navigation on the iPad works. Similar to the iPhone X ($799.99 at Cricket Wireless), navigation on the iPad is controlled primarily through gestures. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen reveals the App Dock. Swiping up further reveals the Control Center and the App Switcher. In iOS 12, gestures on the iPad will be updated to better match the iPhone X. You will be able to return home by swiping anywhere on the App Dock. And the Control Center will be accessed by swiping down from the top-right corner.
Improved Portrait lighting
Apple mentioned some updates coming to the camera, such as effects. But it didn’t mention that Portrait mode is receiving some upgrades too. It says the camera “now generates a mask when it detects a person” and it will intelligently separate that person from the rest of the scene. In addition to Portrait improvements, it’s releasing a Portrait Segmentation API that will allow third-party developers to use the separation data in their own apps.
Improved QR code reader
Rather than just showing a banner notification when you point the stock iOS camera at a QR code, Apple says that in iOS 12, the camera will now highlight QR codes to let you know it’s actually detected it. We imagine this will look a lot like the built-in document scanner.
Search passwords in Siri
Apple mentioned several improvements to Siri, such as shortcuts or Siri suggestions, in which it will learn your routines and suggest things for you, such as ordering coffee when you’re on your way to work. What Apple didn’t mention, though, is that Siri will help you search for passwords. Currently, there isn’t any information on how this will work.
Password reuse auditing
Apple is beefing up privacy and security in iOS 12. A security feature not announced during the keynote is password reuse auditing. Passwords that you’ve used with other accounts will be flagged so you can quickly replace them with a generated password.
Security code autofill
And those annoying two-factor authentication codes that you have to use your phone for? When those SMS messages arrive with a one-time code, the code will automatically fill in the text field where it goes. So you won’t have to memorize the code and enter it manually. iOS will do it for you.
Finally, you will be able to share passwords between your Apple devices with iOS 12. You will be able to share passwords between iOS devices or from an iOS device to a Mac or Apple TV ($179.99 at Crutchfield).
More battery information
In iOS 12, you will be given more granular battery usage information. In Settings, you’ll be able to see your battery usage for individual apps for the last 24 hours or 10 (instead of seven) days. And tapping on one of the bars will show you the app usage for that period of time.
iOS 12: Siri shortcuts, group FaceTime and “Memoji” — Animoji of you. WWDC 2018: Everything Apple just announced.
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