IOS 12 exits beta, improves performance on older devices

Isaac Cain
September 18, 2018

To install iOS 12 on the HomePod, open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad, tap the Details link under "HomePod software update available" and on the next screen, tap Install.

With this update, Apple says the camera will now launch up to 70 percent faster, and the keyboard 50 percent faster. Before you proceed, we suggest backing up your device. This comes after Apple received heavy backlash for allegedly slowing down the performance of older iPhones.

If you don't want to use iTunes, the following steps will help you download and install iOS 12 on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you'd like more regular updates throughout the day though, the app recommends putting CARROT in your Watch's dock and turning on a "Show More Cards" option from the iPhone app's Siri face settings.

ARKit 2.0 also offers new features such as shared experiences that let two people see the same AR environment on separate devices, and persistence, which allows AR experiences to be saved across multiple sessions. Shortcuts can be complex automations that you build yourself using the Shortcuts app, but they can also be simple one-hit features provided by an app. We've heard from readers with older devices that its performance improvements have given a new lease on life to the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and the like, and one TidBITS Talk reader said it solved his iOS 11 battery problems.

Earlier today, Apple officially released iOS 12 into the wild. While some of these features have been available through third-party apps like IFTTT and Google Assistant, Apple has now integrated them directly into the iOS.

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Apple has improved Do Not Disturb in iOS 12, too, letting you turn on DND until you leave your current locationi or until the end of an event on your calendar.

Screen Time: if you're anxious about how much time you spend on your phone but you can't put your phone down without looking at a graph on your phone of the amount of time that you spend on your phone, well, do we have news for you.

iOS 12, Apple's newest mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads, will be available to download starting Monday.

But if you've been on the iOS 12 beta program for the last few months, the update to iOS 12 for the general population brings a rare opportunity to downgrade easily. You'll see Update Requested on the screen, which means Apple has added you to its download queue. You can use these new Memoji and Animoji on iMessage, and on FaceTime - which, by the way - are getting major updates. Her message included some impressive changes in manufacturing created to help the environment; as an example, by simply moving the iPhone's logic board to 100 per cent recycled tin, Apple will prevent the mining of over 10,000 tons of ore next year. Notifications are much easier to control now as well, with the ability to easily opt out of notification or at least deliver them "quietly" so you don't get distracted easily.

In terms of new features, there's a whole lot of new things.

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