To help reduce interruptions, iOS 12 gives users more options for controlling how notifications are delivered. They can instantly manage notifications to be delivered quietly or turned off completely. Grouped notifications make it easier to view and manage multiple notifications at once.
Screen Time provides users with detailed information and tools to help them better understand and control the time they spend with apps and websites. Daily and weekly Activity Reports show the total time spent in individual apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications are received and how often iPhone or iPad are picked up. Screen Time also gives parents access to their child’s Activity Report right from their own iOS devices using Family Sharing in iCloud, and allows them to schedule times to limit when a child’s iOS device can be used, such as during bedtime.
Privacy and Security
As with all Apple software updates, enhanced privacy and security remain a top priority in iOS 12. In Safari, enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention helps block social media “Like” or “Share” buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission. Safari now also presents simplified system information when users browse the web, preventing them from being tracked based on their system configuration. Safari now also automatically creates, autofills and stores strong passwords when users create new online accounts and flags reused passwords so users can change them.
Additional App Features
— Apple Books™ is redesigned to make it easier to discover and enjoy books and audiobooks, and the Book Store tab makes it easy to explore new titles and browse the top charts, curated collections and special offers.
— Apple News® is redesigned to make it easier to discover new channels and topics or jump straight to favorites, and on iPad, a new sidebar makes navigation even simpler.
— Stocks comes to iPad and illustrates how the market is moving with easy-to-understand quotes and high-quality news.
— CarPlay® adds support for third-party navigation apps displayed right on the car’s dash — joining music, messaging, calling and automaker apps.
— Voice Memos is now available on iPad and adds iCloud support to sync recordings and edits across devices. A new design makes it easier to capture, share and edit recordings.
— Siri translation expands to more than 40 language pairs and brings more knowledge of sports, celebrities, food and nutrition. Siri can also surface favorite photos by person, place, event, time and topic.
— Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch adds support for student ID cards, making it more convenient to access everything on campus.
The developer preview of iOS 12 is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. iOS 12 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air® and iPad Pro® models, iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini™ 2 and later and iPod touch® 6th generation. For more information, visit apple.com/ios/ios-12-preview/. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.
¹Testing conducted by Apple in May 2018 using iPhone 6 Plus supporting normal peak performance with prerelease iOS 11.4 and prerelease iOS 12. Camera launch tested by swiping from the Lock screen; App launch tested by launching from the Home screen; keyboard tested using Safari. Performance varies based on specific configuration, content, battery health, usage and other factors.
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