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Apple introduced the latest version of its operating system for iPhone and iPad devices, dubbed as iOS 12 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018 held earlier this month.

Although the iOS 12 is expected to release for public use in the coming weeks but its beta version has been made public yesterday. That means you can now use the iOS 12 beforehand by signing up for the beta program.

What’s New in iOS 12

The latest update has brought a number of additional features, including:

  • Measure app – Apple has added an all-new app called Measure app that lets you take measurements of the real-life objects such as width, length, and height.
  • A smarter Photos App – The native Photos app has been updated by adding features like search and sharing suggestions, searching with multiple terms, ‘For You’ – a tab suggesting filters and effects along with memory pictures and videos.
  • Siri Shortcuts – Based on your usage of certain apps, Siri will smartly bring you some actions to take, making the process quicker.
  • Stocks and News app redesigned – Both the apps are getting a new look, along with new features including the Stocks app now showing relevant business news and News app taking you straight to the sources.
  • Voice Memos coming to iPad – Apple is redesigning the Voice Memos app, also bringing it to the iPad for the first time.
  • Apple Books – The previously known iBooks app is now renamed as Apple Books. With that, its design has also been renewed, adding a new Book Store tab with the top charts and curated collections.
  • CarPlay update – In iOS 12, Apple CarPlay will support third-party navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze.
  • Less phone addiction – With the new features like ‘Do not disturb’ – a notification stopper for a specified time, Screen Time – a week-long activity summary on your device, App limits – the ability to set time limits for apps and new parental controls, Apple is aiming to reduce your smartphone addiction.
  • Grouped notifications – iOS 12 is finally coming with the much demanded grouped notifications feature just like the users have on Android.
  • FaceTime update – As mentioned earlier, the new update gives FaceTime the support of adding 32 people at once in the video chat.
  • Memoji – With Memoji, Apple now let yourself or any other you want to become an animated emoji through customizable options. Along with that, more animojis are coming. iMessages and Facetime will both support memoji and animoji.
  • ARKit 2 – The first major update to the company’s augmented reality software, ARKit 2, will offer improved face-tracking, 3D object detection, shared experiences, more realistic rendering and some other features.
  • Student ID card support – Apple Wallet will now support your student ID cards, letting you open dorm rooms and do anything else you’d use it for.

iOS 12 Compatible Devices

Here is the list of devices that can be upgraded to iOS 12:

iPhones

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

iPads

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.6-inch iPad
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod touch

  • iPod touch 6th generation

How to Install iOS 12

To upgrade your compatible iPhone and iPad devices to iOS 12, here’s what you have to do:

  • Backup your phone’s data before upgrading to the beta software to avoid any unforeseen mishap with the beta software.
  • Go to Apple’s Beta website and enrol your device. (sign up or sign in to beta program)
  • Once done, you’ll see an option to upgrade the software in your phone’s settings.

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