Apple iOS 12: do you need to upgrade?




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After a waiting period of three months and an unprecedented 12 beta releases,

Apple
iOS 12 is here. Unlike most new generations of iOS, the focus for iOS 12 is primarily on performance and stability rather than functions. Everyone who regularly follows my iOS guides agrees
this is a smart move. So has Apple lived up to its promise and do you need to upgrade to iOS 12? Could be…

Here is everything you need to know about iOS 12 …

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For who is it?

One of the best things about iOS 12 is that it works on any iOS 11-compatible device. That means the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and the 6th generation iPod touch or later. Given that those models of iPhone and iPad are now five years old, that is a very impressive support.

Compatible devices must be automatically prompted to install iOS 12. If not, you can activate it manually by navigating to it Settings & gt; General & gt; Software update. Apple iOS 12.1 Beta testers (later more), remember that you have to do that roll out your device to have the update appear.

Each iOS update varies in size depending on your device and which version of iOS it upgrades. As a generation version, iOS 12 is predictably large with up to 1.6 GB for the iPhone X (which receives the lion's share of new features).

The Deal Breakers

Before we start the good stuff, why not upgrade to iOS 12? In short: because it is far from bugfree.

The most important problems are connectivity. A number of users report that they have problems with calling, calls fail completely or their mobile data no longer works (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, etc.). CarPlay is also very temperamental for many iOS 12 upgrades (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, etc.) while there are faults in the speaker, the camera and the user interface (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, etc.).

Predictable, battery life is not great for many users, even though this is a primary objective for iOS 12. Given the re-indexing that happens with iOS updates, however, I would be optimistic, but some of these problems will improve in the coming days.

It's also worth pointing out that there are a lot of complaints about removing the Bluetooth icon for iOS 12, but Apple has confirmed this this is for design and you will now have to go through settings to get Bluetooth information. Excellent. New Animoji & # 39; s are also reserved for iPhones with Face ID.

What is my opinion about all this?

I've looked much worse than previous generative iOS upgrades, so this is not a bad start. Not everyone has the problems mentioned above and Apple did not have to issue a point release the same day, just as with the & nbsp;farcical release of iOS 10.

So what do you get?

iOS 12 has the longest iOS notes that I can remember, Apple's official statement is:

"IOS 12 offers performance enhancements and exciting new features for iPhone and iPad. Photos introduces new features that allow you to rediscover and share the photos in your library, Memoji – a new, more customizable message from Animoji makes more expressive and fun, Screen Time helps you and your family to understand and use the time spent on devices, Siri shortcuts provide a faster way to get things done with the ability for each app to work with Siri, augmented reality becomes even more attractive for developers to create shared AR experiences and new privacy features help you track the web. "

You can get a complete overview of all new functions here& Nbsp;but for me these are the highlights:

Performance improvements – somewhat cumbersome in most iOS updates, they are actually felt in iOS 12. Apple claims that apps start twice faster, the camera 70% faster and the keyboard is opened 50% faster, animations should also be smoother. The feedback I receive is that this feels right.

Better notifications – A big. Like Android, iOS 12 finally syncs notifications together, while Instant Tuning also lends from Google, allowing you to manage settings for specific alerts directly from a notification. This could block the notifications of a specific app or let the app know that your phone should not buzz for its notifications.

Third-party support for CarPlay – Finally, Google Maps and Waze can come to CarPlay, as Apple has opened up its system to third parties. If CarPlay turned out to be not so buggy in this first release (see above).

Screen time – essentially a tracker for using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, it compiles this data into daily and weekly charts to help you use your phone in a more responsible way. This includes setting up & # 39; Downtime & # 39; periods that block notifications and restrict access to devices for your children. Google made a similar step in Android 9 Pie with & # 39; Digital Wellbeing & # 39; and the trend is very welcome.

Siri quick couplings – let you create tailor-made commands for Siri, and the best part of it is that it is compatible with third-party apps. As a result, commands can be as simple as getting an external sports app to go directly to your favorite team, or as complex as combining multiple functions, such as automatically ordering a cup of coffee from your local Starbucks when you leave your home at a certain time at a specific time.

Siri Translations – now supports 50 languages

Camera Improvements – there are multiple new filters and effects, the portrait mode has upgraded face detection for a more precise bokeh background (also known as blur) and QR codes are automatically highlighted when they are spotted. & Nbsp;

Photo memories – Siri can now take photos & # 39; s and videos based on people, places, events and keywords. This also applies to the photo gallery with a new tab & # 39; For You & # 39; with automatically selected highlights from your reel – a basic feature of Google Photos.

RAW processing support – a great for photography enthusiasts. If you do not know what a RAW file however, this is not necessary.

ARKit 2 – ARKit was hard to master, but did not break out in iOS 11, so iOS 12 brings generation two with better face-tracking, object detection, location-based sharing and a sharable file format (USDZ) for attaching your creations to Mail and Messages .

Animoji and Memoji – Four new Animoji (T. rex, ghost, koala and tiger) plus tongue and wink detection, while Memoji lets you create a customized avatar of yourself.

New user interfaces: Apple Books, News and Stocks have all been updated with revised interfaces to improve navigation, such as the new Book Store tab for browsing and buying new titles, as well as organizing your library.

Improved privacy – iOS 12 even tightens tracking in Safari and stops sharing buttons and responding to widgets on sites to track you without permission and blocks device identifiers used by advertisers (Google will hate this). Safari can also suggest and save passwords in iCloud Keychain and sync them with all your Apple devices.

More options for do not disturb – DND can automatically dim your display and stop you notifications until you unlock your device. Of course you can set the time and on which days this will happen.

Apples official security page also confirms that iOS 12 patches cause significant security vulnerabilities in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, as well as Notes, Messages, and three in Safari.

Apple iOS 12 Verdict: Install (in a week)

I stand on the fence with iOS 12. I admire Apple's focus on performance and stability and, despite the above mentioned bugs, I have to emphasize that there is much less than I have found in previous generation upgrades.

That said, the bigger the update, the bigger the number of bugs and with only a small number of compatible devices that have been upgraded at this stage, I do not have the full image to continue. As such, I would be surprised if we saw everything. For now I will give iOS 12 a cautious thumb up, on condition that no major new problems will arise in the coming week.

Of course I will keep this article up-to-date, so come back regularly in the coming weeks.

The way for us

As mentioned above, Apple has already released the first beta of iOS 12.1. This does not mean that iOS 12 has a serious problem, it is just Apple that wants to offer several features that do not have it in time for the release of iOS 12. The most notable are Group FaceTime chats that an incredible (crazy) 32 support people at the same time.

However, before iOS 12.1 expects a bug fix for iOS 12.0.1. It is inevitable after such a big update, but I hope this is more about tweaks than tackling seismic showstoppers that have yet to reveal themselves. & Nbsp;

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After a waiting period of three months and an unprecedented 12 beta releases,
Apple
iOS 12 is here. Unlike most new generations of iOS, the focus for iOS 12 is primarily on performance and stability rather than functions. Everyone who regularly follows my iOS guides agrees
this is a smart move. So has Apple lived up to its promise and do you need to upgrade to iOS 12? Could be…

Here is everything you need to know about iOS 12 …

For who is it?

One of the best things about iOS 12 is that it works on any iOS 11-compatible device. That means the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and the 6th generation iPod touch or later. Given that those models of iPhone and iPad are now five years old, that is a very impressive support.

Compatible devices must be automatically prompted to install iOS 12. If not, you can activate it manually by navigating to it Settings> General> Software update. Apple iOS 12.1 Beta testers (later more), remember that you have to do that roll out your device to have the update appear.

Each iOS update varies in size depending on your device and which version of iOS it upgrades. As a generation version, iOS 12 is predictably large with up to 1.6 GB for the iPhone X (which receives the lion's share of new features).

The Deal Breakers

Before we start the good stuff, why not upgrade to iOS 12? In short: because it is far from bugfree.

The most important problems are connectivity. A number of users report that they have problems with calling, calls fail completely or their mobile data no longer works (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, etc.). CarPlay is also very temperamental for many iOS 12 upgrades (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, etc.) while there are faults in the speaker, the camera and the user interface (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, etc.).

Predictable, battery life is not great for many users, even though this is a primary objective for iOS 12. Given the re-indexing that happens with iOS updates, however, I would be optimistic, but some of these problems will improve in the coming days.

It's also worth pointing out that there are a lot of complaints about removing the Bluetooth icon for iOS 12, but Apple has confirmed this this is for design and you will now have to go through settings to get Bluetooth information. Excellent. New Animoji & # 39; s are also reserved for iPhones with Face ID.

What is my opinion about all this?

I've looked much worse than previous generative iOS upgrades, so this is not a bad start. Not everyone has the above mentioned problems and Apple did not have to make a point release the same day, just like the one farcical release of iOS 10.

So what do you get?

iOS 12 has the longest iOS notes that I can remember, Apple's official statement is:

"IOS 12 offers performance enhancements and exciting new features for iPhone and iPad. Photos introduces new features that allow you to rediscover and share the photos in your library, Memoji – a new, more customizable message from Animoji makes more expressive and fun, Screen Time helps you and your family to understand and use the time spent on devices, Siri shortcuts provide a faster way to get things done with the ability for each app to work with Siri, augmented reality becomes even more attractive for developers to create shared AR experiences and new privacy features help you track the web. "

You can get a complete overview of all new functions here but for me these are the highlights:

Performance improvements – somewhat cumbersome in most iOS updates, they are actually felt in iOS 12. Apple claims that apps start twice faster, the camera 70% faster and the keyboard is opened 50% faster, animations should also be smoother. The feedback I receive is that this feels right.

Better notifications – A big. Like Android, iOS 12 finally syncs notifications together, while Instant Tuning also lends from Google, allowing you to manage settings for specific alerts directly from a notification. This could block the notifications of a specific app or let the app know that your phone should not buzz for its notifications.

Third-party support for CarPlay – Finally, Google Maps and Waze can come to CarPlay, as Apple has opened up its system to third parties. If CarPlay turned out to be not so buggy in this first release (see above).

Screen time – essentially a tracker for using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, it compiles this data into daily and weekly charts to help you use your phone in a more responsible way. This includes setting up & # 39; Downtime & # 39; periods that block notifications and restrict access to devices for your children. Google made a similar step in Android 9 Pie with & # 39; Digital Wellbeing & # 39; and the trend is very welcome.

Siri quick couplings – let you create tailor-made commands for Siri, and the best part of it is that it is compatible with third-party apps. As a result, commands can be as simple as getting an external sports app to go directly to your favorite team, or as complex as combining multiple functions, such as automatically ordering a cup of coffee from your local Starbucks when you leave your home at a certain time at a specific time.

Siri Translations – now supports 50 languages

Camera Improvements – there are multiple new filters and effects, the portrait mode has upgraded face detection for a more precise bokeh background (also known as blur) and QR codes are automatically highlighted when they are spotted.

Photo memories – Siri can now take photos & # 39; s and videos based on people, places, events and keywords. This also applies to the photo gallery with a new tab & # 39; For You & # 39; with automatically selected highlights from your reel – a basic feature of Google Photos.

RAW processing support – a great for photography enthusiasts. If you do not know what a RAW file however, this is not necessary.

ARKit 2 – ARKit was hard to master, but did not break out in iOS 11, so iOS 12 brings generation two with better face-tracking, object detection, location-based sharing and a sharable file format (USDZ) for attaching your creations to Mail and Messages .

Animoji and Memoji – Four new Animoji (T. rex, ghost, koala and tiger) plus tongue and wink detection, while Memoji lets you create a customized avatar of yourself.

New user interfaces: Apple Books, News and Stocks have all been updated with revised interfaces to improve navigation, such as the new Book Store tab for browsing and buying new titles, as well as organizing your library.

Improved privacy – iOS 12 even tightens tracking in Safari and stops sharing buttons and responding to widgets on sites to track you without permission and blocks device identifiers used by advertisers (Google will hate this). Safari can also suggest and save passwords in iCloud Keychain and sync them with all your Apple devices.

More options for do not disturb – DND can automatically dim your display and stop you notifications until you unlock your device. Of course you can set the time and on which days this will happen.

Apples official security page also confirms that iOS 12 patches cause significant security vulnerabilities in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, as well as Notes, Messages, and three in Safari.

Apple iOS 12 Verdict: Install (in a week)

I stand on the fence with iOS 12. I admire Apple's focus on performance and stability and, despite the above mentioned bugs, I have to emphasize that there is much less than I have found in previous generation upgrades.

That said, the bigger the update, the bigger the number of bugs and with only a small number of compatible devices that have been upgraded at this stage, I do not have the full image to continue. As such, I would be surprised if we saw everything. For now I will give iOS 12 a cautious thumb up, on condition that no major new problems will arise in the coming week.

Of course I will keep this article up-to-date, so come back regularly in the coming weeks.

The way for us

As mentioned above, Apple has already released the first beta of iOS 12.1. This does not mean that iOS 12 has a serious problem, it is just Apple that wants to offer several features that do not have it in time for the release of iOS 12. The most notable are Group FaceTime chats that an incredible (crazy) 32 support people at the same time.

However, before iOS 12.1 expects a bug fix for iOS 12.0.1. It is inevitable after such a big update, but I hope this is more about tweaks than tackling seismic showstoppers that have yet to reveal themselves.

___

Follow Gordon twitter, Facebook and Google+

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