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The new IOS 12 update is loaded with new improvements and features, so for those who use iPhones/iPads I thought you would enjoy seeing all of the new features. Here is the list below, it is pretty massive.  I highlighted in Green some features I thought were interesting or useful.:)



iOS 12 brings performance improvements and exciting new features to iPhone and iPad. Photos introduces new features to help you rediscover and share the photos in your library, Memoji—a new, more customizable Animoji—make Messages more expressive and fun, Screen Time helps you and your family understand and make the most of the time spent on devices, Siri Shortcuts deliver a faster way to get things done with the ability for any app to work with Siri, augmented reality becomes even more engaging with the ability for developers to create shared AR experiences, and new privacy features help protect you from being tracked on the web. This update introduces new features and improvements to:



  • iOS has been enhanced for a faster and more responsive experience across the system.
  • All supported devices see improved performance, going back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
  • Camera launches up to 70 percent faster, the keyboard appears up to 50 percent faster and typing is more responsive.
  • Apps launch up to twice as fast when your device is under heavy workload.


  • New For You tab helps you discover great photos in your library with Featured Photos, Effect Suggestions, and more.
  • Sharing Suggestions proactively recommend sharing photos taken at events with the people who are in them.
  • Search enhancements make it easier to find your photos with intelligent suggestions and multiple keyword support.
  • Search for photos based on the place, business name, or event where you were when you took them.
  • Improved camera import with faster performance and a new large preview mode.
  • RAW support for editing images.


  • Portrait mode improvements preserve fine detail between subject and background when using Stage Light and Stage Light Mono effects.
  • QR codes are highlighted in the camera frame, making them easier to scan.


  • Memoji, a new, more customizable Animoji, make Messages more expressive with personalized characters that are diverse and fun.
  • Animoji now also include T. rex, ghost, koala, and tiger.
  • Make Memoji and Animoji wink and stick out their tongue.
  • New camera effects bring Animoji, filters, text effects, iMessage sticker packs, and shapes to the photos and videos you capture in Messages.
  • Animoji recordings can now capture up to 30 seconds.

Screen Time

  • Screen Time provides detailed information and tools to help you and your family find the right balance of time spent with apps and websites.
  • See the time spent in apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications are received, and how often devices are picked up.
  • App limits help you set the amount of time you or your child can spend in apps and on websites.
  • Screen Time for kids lets parents manage how their child uses iPhone and iPad right from their own iOS devices.

Do Not Disturb

  • Turn off Do Not Disturb after a set time, location or calendar event.
  • Do Not Disturb during Bedtime hides all notifications from your lock screen while you sleep.


  • Notifications from the same app are automatically grouped together to help you manage your notifications.
  • Instant Tuning gives you control over your notification settings right from the lock screen.
  • New Deliver Quietly option silently sends notifications directly to Notification Center without interrupting you.


  • Siri Shortcuts deliver a faster way to get things done with the ability for any app to work with Siri.
  • Add shortcuts using the "Add to Siri" button in supported apps, or in Settings > Siri and Search.
  • Siri suggests shortcuts on the Lock screen and in Search.
  • Get motorsports results, schedules, stats and standings for Formula 1, Nascar, Indy 500 and MotoGP.
  • Search for photos by time, location, people, topic or recent trips to find relevant photos and Memories in Photos.
  • Translate phrases in more languages, with support for over 40 language pairs.
  • Check facts about celebrities, such as when they were born, and ask questions about food, including calories and nutrient content.
  • Turn flashlight on or off.
  • More natural and expressive voice now available in Irish English, South African English, Danish, Norwegian, Cantonese and Mandarin (Taiwan).

Augmented Reality

  • Shared experiences in ARKit 2 let developers create innovative AR apps you can experience together with friends.
  • Persistence enables developers to save and reload experiences right from where you left off.
  • Object detection and image tracking gives developers new tools to recognize real world objects and track images while they move through space.
  • AR Quick Look extends AR throughout iOS, letting you view AR objects with built-in apps like News, Safari, and Files and share them with friends with iMessage and Mail.


  • New augmented reality app to measure objects and spaces.
  • Draw lines across surfaces or in free space to measure, and tap on a line's label to see more information.
  • Automatically measure rectangular objects.
  • Capture, share and markup screenshots of your measurements.

Your iPhone now has a built-in tape measure !  Using augmented reality technology and your iPhone's camera, the iPhone can measure objects and surfaces both vertically and horizontally. The feature definitely comes in handy at the store when you're shopping for furniture.


Privacy and Security

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission.
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers' ability to identify iOS devices uniquely.
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari.
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts.
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
    Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings.
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device.

Apple Books

  • All-new design that makes discovering and enjoying books and audiobooks easy and fun.
  • Reading Now makes it simple to get back to the book you're currently reading or find great recommendations for what to read next.
  • Add books to the new Want to Read collection to keep track of what you'd like to read next.
  • The Book Store makes it easy to find your next favorite read with new and popular selections from our Apple Books editors and recommendations chosen just for you.
  • The new Audiobooks store helps you find immersive stories and informative nonfiction books narrated by your favorite authors, actors, and celebrities.

Apple Music

  • Search now supports lyrics so you can use a few of the words to find a song.
  • Artist pages have an easier to browse design with a personalized station of any artist's music.
  • The new Friends Mix is a playlist of songs you'll love from everything your friends are listening to.
  • New charts to show you the daily top 100 songs in countries around the world.

Apple News

  • Apple News is redesigned to make it easier to discover new channels and topics.
  • The new sidebar on iPad and Channels tab on iPhone make it easy to jump straight to your favorite publications and discover new ones.


  • All-new design lets you easily view stock quotes, interactive charts, and top news on iPhone and iPad.
  • Top Stories section includes articles selected by Apple News editors to highlight the latest news driving the market.
  • Read Apple News stories right in the app, formatted to look great on iPhone and iPad.
  • Watchlist includes color-coded sparklines that let you see daily performance at a glance.
  • See an interactive chart for every ticker symbol, plus key details including after-hours price, trading volume, and more.

Voice Memos

  • All-new design with improved ease of use.
  • Cloud keeps your recordings and edits in sync across all of your devices.
  • Available on iPad with support for both portrait and landscape orientation.


  • Get notified when movies and TV shows are available to watch in Up Next.
  • Share your favorite movies, TV shows, and sporting events with universal links.

Apple Podcasts

  • Now supports chapters for shows that include them.
  • Skip 30 seconds or to the next chapter with forward and back buttons in your car or on your headphones
    Easily manage new episode notifications from the Listen Now screen.


  • Live Listen now works with AirPods to help you hear more clearly.
  • RTT phone calling now works with AT&T.
  • Speak Selection now supports using the Siri voice to speak text that you have selected.

Other features and improvements

  • Camera effects in FaceTime transform your look in real-time.
  • CarPlay adds support for third-party navigation apps.
  • On supported campuses, use contactless student ID cards in Wallet to access buildings and pay with Apple Pay.
  • Website icons can appear in tabs on iPad by enabling them in Settings > Safari.
  • Weather includes air quality index in supported regions.
  • Quickly swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go home on iPad.
  • Swipe down from the top right to access Control Center on iPad.
  • Mark Up includes a palette of additional colors and options to change line width and opacity for each tool.
  • Battery usage chart in Settings now shows your usage for the last 24 hours or 10 days, and you can tap a bar to see app use for that period of time.
  • On devices without 3D Touch, touch and hold the keyboard Space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad.
  • Maps adds support for indoor maps for airports and malls with indoor positioning in China.
  • New definition dictionary in Hebrew, and bilingual dictionaries in Arabic and English, and Hindi and English.
  • New English thesaurus.
  • Automatic software updates allow iOS updates to be installed automatically overnight.

Edited by Beggar for the Spirit

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, And put within me a new spirit, a steadfast one" (PS 51:10)


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1 hour ago, jwhess said:

My Ipad has 12.0 installed now.  How do you "close" an app?  The screen just turns fuzzy and when you tap somewhere it just comes back.

Bro. Hess, my iPad was doing that before the upgrade. But what I'm noticing since I upgraded  12.0 today is that whenever I tap on an app, it has to download again..I have the mini 3..I don't know if that makes any difference because I know so little about them to start..😄

Edited by Dove

One small crack doesn't mean you are broken; it means that you were put to the test and didn't fall apart..

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13 minutes ago, Dove said:

Bro. Hess, my iPad was doing that before the upgrade. But what I'm noticing since I upgraded  12.0 today is that whenever I tap on an app, it has to download again..I have the mini 3..I don't know if that makes any difference because I know so little about them to start..😄

Thank you Sr. Sandra.  I have been studying this for a whole day now.  I have been using an "Accessibility" shortcut menu.  It has the Control Panel, the Home button and my Invert Colors button on it.  It resides on the bottom of the home page at the end of the taskbar (you can move it anywhere on the screen).  I just touched it and all three choices came up.  I would touch the Control Panel button and the app I was in would shrink and the control panel would appear on the side.  I could flip the app up and close it.  That no longer works.


What I have been able to find says that the Control Panel and the App Switcher have been separated and do not function together.  So I went to the settings and reaffirmed my shortcut menu items.  When I touch the menu now, all three choices are there but...if I want to close the app with the "app switcher" I have to press the Home shortcut TWICE to shrink the app and then flip it up to close.  It is a new twist to learn and an extra step.  I could just press the physical home button twice and do the same thing.  But my tablet is used and there is a screen crack near the button and I don't want to put any extra wear and tear on it.


I will learn the new routine n time.  Thanks for sharing your experience.

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10 minutes ago, 1gemstone said:

Oh never mind, I just read the new features to 12, now all updates are automatic. :loopy:

It was automatic for my iPad but with the iPhone I still had to agree to the terms...:S

One small crack doesn't mean you are broken; it means that you were put to the test and didn't fall apart..

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