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5 features of iOS 12 which will change your iPhone

iOS 12

Apple has released the iOS 12 and that can redefine the future of your iPhone or iPad. Well sort of.

As we all know that Apple releases the new version of the Mobile OS and that bring some really cool new features or the improved old features. This time also it is nothing new. With iOS 12 Apple has introduced some cool features like Screen Time and improved the FaceTime with a group calling of upto 32 people.

In this article, we are going to talk about the five such features which Apple has released with iOS 12 and will change your iPhone experience.

Please note that, if you are planning to run the new OS on your device you might not be able to use all the apps you currently use. You might experience bugs. Nor are all the features Apple is promising with iOS 12 available yet or fully finished. For example, the Shortcuts app that you might use to set up multistep workflows is not part of this initial public beta.

If you’re feeling brave, and not willing to wait until iOS 12’s official release come fall, head to beta.apple.com to fetch iOS 12 for free.

But first, back up your iOS device before installing the public beta. If you run into a major issue, you can always restore your device to that iOS 11 backup.  

Screen Time

This is the tool many of us have been waiting for, especially if you have kids who are addicted to their phones. But even us elders spend way too much time on our devices.  Screen Time lets you apply downtime limits that prevents all but those apps you choose and phone calls to come through. Once an app limit has been reached you’ll have to grant permission to bypass that limit.

You can also surface reports that reveal your device usage, cluing you in for instance how often you pick up your phone, including when you pick it up during downtime.  And you’ll be able to get the usage breakout by games, social networking and other app categories.

Those of you who have trouble sleeping, might appreciate a new Do Not Disturb during Bedtime feature that dims the display and holds notifications until your set wake-up time.

Group FaceTime

Apple has expanded FaceTime so that you can go beyond one-on-one video calls and use FaceTime with up to 32 people simultaneously. Of course, since iOS 12 is in beta, you’ll have to wait to try this with other people who have loaded iOS 12, or MacOS Mojave, which is also in beta.

Improved multitasking gesture for iPhone X

When Apple removed the physical Home button on the iPhone X—as many people expect they’ll do on future models as well—those of us with Apple’s top of the line handset had to learn a few new navigational gestures.

Though some gestures like swiping up from the bottom of the screen to return to a Home screen were simple, I couldn’t say the same for the hoops you had to go through on the X to dismiss a running app. First, you had to summon the app switcher or multitasking screen by swiping up and pausing for a second or so. But before you could shut down an app, you had to press down for a moment on a card until a circled red dash appears on the upper left corner. Only then could you swipe up to dismiss that app and any others, which was the way it was on other iPhones. With iOS 12, Apple finally no longer requires you to pause. To which I say thank you.

Set up a second Face ID

As of now anyway, the iPhone X is also the only iPhone to let you take advantage of Face ID facial recognition, but you can only unlock your phone with one person’s mug. Through iOS 12 you can set up what Apple refers to as an “alternate appearance,” perhaps letting you share your device with your significant other. I gave it to a colleague and he was able to set up his face, giving us both access to the loaner iPhone X.

Improved Safari privacy

Privacy and security have always been of the upmost concern and it's not always easy to tell how companies address those issues. Among the measures Apple is taking as part of iOS 12: by default, the Safari browser will prevent you from getting tracked without your permission when you tap a “Like,” or “Share” social media button or a comment widget at a site.

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