One major focus of iOS 12 will be on performance.
Today at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled the next version of the mobile operating system called iOS 12. With up to 40% faster app launch, up to 50% faster keyboard display, up to 70% faster camera launch, up to 2x faster app launch under load, up to 2x faster share sheet display under load, Apple promises to improve performance of older devices by up to 40% with iOS 12.
Another important part of iOS 12 is digital wellness.
A new app called "Screen Time" will offer iPhone and iPad users a dashboard highlighting how much time they have spent using which apps, how many notifications they receive, how often they pick up their device and how their usage patterns compare to the average.
"You must not directly or indirectly target iOS users to use a purchasing method other than in-app purchase, and your general communications about other purchasing methods must not discourage use of in-app purchase", Apple said.
The Do Not Disturb During Bedtime feature blocks access to notifications during preset hours.
iOS 12 also brings new expressive Animojis such as ghost, koala, tiger and T. rex and "Memojis", which are similar to Bitmojis. Apple is also unveiling the Measure app for iOS, which uses AR to quickly gauge the size of real-world objects, as well as a new open file format with iOS 12, usdz, which is created to more deeply integrate AR throughout iOS and make AR objects available across the ecosystem of Apple apps.
"With iOS 12, we're enabling new experiences that weren't possible before".
The new features come as Apple looks to include new features to help iPhone owners use their phones a lot less and to monitor screen time.
Until Monday, Apple had let developers tap Siri for voice control in only a handful of apps such as PayPal and Uber.
The guideline revisions also include new details regarding in-app advertising.
While no new major gadgets will be previewed or launched at this week's five-day conference, that doesn't mean Apple is falling behind when it comes to new products.
The next version of MacOS, called Mojave, will include a redesigned App Store with more editorial curation, similar to the one that launched on iOS a year ago. FaceTime is now also integrated into the Messages app so you can start a Group FaceTime right from a group you had in your Messages app.
Apple has debuted a new Mac App Store alongside the unveiling of macOS Mojave 10.14.
First of all, and most obviously Apple is finally implementing a dark mode on in this release. For example, Walkie-Talkie will let you quickly communicate with Apple Watch-wearing friends and family using Wi-Fi and cellular.
Also coming with watchOS 5 is auto-workout detection, activity competitions, and support for student ID cards. Time limits will be a thing.
When you authenticate back into your iPhone, tap on Settings, scroll down and tap on General, and then tap on Software Update to grab the latest beta version of iOS.
That maybe isn't something worth writing about in your annual holiday letter, but it's always fun to have the hottest new features before everyone else.