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iOS 12
A version of the iOS operating system
IOS 12 logo.svg
IOS 12 Homescreen iPhone X.png
iOS 12 running on an iPhone X
Developer Apple Inc.
Source model Closed with open-source components
Latest preview 12.0 Public Beta 3[1] (16A5327f)[2] (July 18, 2018; 2 days ago (2018-07-18)) [±]
Kernel type Hybrid (XNU)
License Proprietary software with open-source components
Preceded by iOS 11
Official website
Support status
In Beta

iOS 12 will be the twelfth major release of the iOS mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc., being the successor to iOS 11. It was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4, 2018. It is similar in aesthetics to iOS 11, but contains numerous performance, security, and battery-saving updates, as well as added functionalities to some apps.


Introduction and initial release[edit]

iOS 12 was introduced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address on June 4, 2018.[3] The first developer beta version was released after the keynote presentation,[4] with the first public beta released on June 25, 2018.[5]

System features[edit]


Apple said that device performance will be up to 70% faster with iOS 12. Enhancements were made to the camera application specifically to make launching it and taking photos a quicker experience.[6]

Screen Time[edit]

The screen time usage information screen in iOS 12 while in the iPhone X

iOS 12 has been updated to include a feature that allows users to track how much time they are spending on their devices and what they are doing. The system provides reports broken into categories and timeframes.[7]


A dedicated application in iOS 12 allows users to set up shortcuts. Shortcuts are automated actions that the user can ask Siri to perform.[7]

ARKit 2[edit]

ARKit has been updated to include the ability for users to share their view with other iPhones.[8] ARKit 2 additionally allows full 2D image tracking and incorporates the ability to detect 3D objects.[9]


CarPlay now features the ability to run third party navigation applications.[7]


iPads can now use the gestures that are found on the iPhone X.[10] The Voice Memos and Stocks apps are now available for iPads.[11] When pulling up the dock whilst in an app, this gesture is now used to return to the home screen. Control Center is now separated from the app switcher on iPad.[12]

App features[edit]


Messages in iOS 12 introduces a new type of customizable Animoji called “Memoji” which allows a user to create a 3D character of themselves. Apple also introduced Koala, Tiger, Ghost and T-Rex Animojis.[13]


FaceTime has been updated to support up to 32 people at once. FaceTime also gains support for Animoji and Memoji.[10]


Measure is a new native AR application that allows the user to take measurements. It also works as a level.[10]


Photos now supports suggestions through a "For You" section and will make sharing recommendations.[10]


Notifications are now grouped and have a "manage" tab, to turn off notifications for that app or to deliver them quietly.[14]

Do Not Disturb[edit]

Do Not Disturb now has a feature called "Do Not Disturb During Bedtime" to automatically send notification to history, send calls to voicemail (can be changed to Favourites/Repeated calls) and has a darker screen to assist sleep.

Voice Memos & Stocks[edit]

The Voice Memos and Stocks apps are now on iPads. Voice Memos and Stocks have had a design refresh, and the latter has integrated Apple News.[15]

Apple Books[edit]

iBooks was renamed Apple Books, and the app was refreshed, with a Discover Tab, Book Store, and more.[16]


Safari receives an update to Intelligent Tracking Prevention. This includes a feature which allows the user to disable social media "like" and "share" buttons.[17]

Supported devices[edit]


  1. ^ Juli Clover (July 18, 2018). "Apple Seeds iOS 12 Public Beta 3". MacRumors. Retrieved July 18, 2018. 
  2. ^ "iOS 12 beta 4 (16A5327f) - Releases - Apple Developer". July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Live From WWDC 2018: Coverage of Apple's Keynote with iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and More". Retrieved 2018-07-02. 
  4. ^ "First Beta of iOS 12 Now Available for Registered Developers". Retrieved 2018-07-02. 
  5. ^ "Apple Releases First Public Beta of iOS 12". Retrieved 2018-07-02. 
  6. ^ "Apple Focuses on Performance, AR for iPhone Operating System". 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  7. ^ a b c "Apple shows how iOS 12 will change your next iPhone". USA TODAY. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  8. ^ Kelly, Heather. "iOS 12 highlights: Memoji, tech addiction tool, group FaceTime". CNNMoney. 
  9. ^ Inc., Apple. "ARKit - Apple Developer". Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  10. ^ a b c d "The 17 biggest new features coming to the iPhone with iOS 12". The Verge. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  11. ^ Ashlee Clark Thompson (June 4, 2018). "Apple's Stocks, Voice Memo apps will be available for iPad, Mac". 
  12. ^ Christian Zibreg (June 5, 2018). "On iOS 12, iPhone X owners no longer need to hold down on apps to force-close them". 
  13. ^ Dolcourt, Jessica (4 June 2018). "iOS 12: Siri shortcuts, group FaceTime and 'Memoji' Animoji of you". CNET. 
  14. ^ "How Do Not Disturb and Notifications will change in iOS 12". iMore. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  15. ^ "Apple's Stocks, Voice Memo apps will be available for iPad, Mac". CNET. 2018-06-04. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  16. ^ "iBooks gets a redesign and new Apple Books branding in iOS 12". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  17. ^ Keizer, Gregg. "Apple pushes privacy theme in Safari for iOS 12, 'Mojave'". Computerworld. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 

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