iOS 12 is the next major update iPhone and iPad users will get. There will be minor updates to iOS 11 – mainly to fix unintended bugs and software issues – but in the meantime, developers at Apple are working hard on the next big iOS installment. Seeing as it’ll most likely be dropped around autumn – after being announced at WWDC in summer – rumors and have begun to surface. Here’s everything we know about the currently unreleased operating system.
Features To Expect with iOS 12:
Better Software And An Overall Better Experience
Perhaps the most important news to report is that iOS 12 is not expected to be a feature-heavy operating system. Seeing as iOS 11 wasn’t the best update by any stretch of the imagination, Apple is trying to realign themselves with their ethos of releasing good, sturdy software.
It’s for this reason that iOS 12 will be, in a way, a back-to-basics update which will make sure our iPhones aren’t so plagued with bugs, crashes and other complications like they currently are now.
Axios, the American news website, was one of the first media agencies to report the news. They wrote: “Apple has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues.”
This information came directly from Craig Federighi, Apple’s software engineering chief. At an office meeting at Apple HQ last month, he said that iOS 12 would be about performance rather than fun, innovative features.
Axios later went on to write that: “Pushed into 2019 are a number of features including a refresh of the home screen and in-car user interfaces, improvements to core apps like mail and updates to the picture-taking, photo-editing, and sharing experience.”
So, eventually it looks like we’ll be receiving new features which will hopefully enhance our user experience, but that probably won’t happen until iOS 13. Meanwhile, what we can expect is a better technological experience when using our iPhones and iPads in the future.
Seeing as Apple is a tech giant, it only makes sense for their software to be solid – especially when their reputation could is at stake. Report after report and article after article has suggested that Apple is becoming more and more laxer when it comes to the quality of their software’s code. Craig Federighi has obviously seen the numerous pieces written about Apple over the past year and decided to take a stand.
Updated, Developed Parental Controls
Investors of Apple have recently demanded that Apple improve the parental controls on iPhones. Many children and teens are using iPhones now, and for some, it’s proving a huge distraction.
With new parental controls, certain apps can be individually locked. Let’s say a high school student is spending too much time on Snapchat and not enough time doing homework; if a parent is paying their phone bill, then they should also control the phone in a way which actively helps the teenager from being distracted from what’s important. Investors have been told by researchers that new generations are spending way too much time on iPhones and iPads and that it simply isn’t healthy.
Updated parental controls which ultimately provides everyone with more freedom will help to crack down on unhealthy technology usage.
Two months ago – back in December – Apple confirmed that they’d acquired the music recognition app which we all know and love. No longer will we hear a song in a bar or club and have to download Shazam to our iPhones, frantically trying to figure out what the song is before it ends. Come iOS 12, it will become fully integrated into the iOS itself. We say “fully integrated” as, although you may not know it, Shazam is technically semi-integrated already. Siri can find a song if you ask her – but if you’re in a noisy place or you don’t particularly want to talk to your phone, it isn’t exactly a feasible option. In addition to this, it’s a tiny feature many of us probably read or heard about but forgot fairly quickly after the Siri integration was first announced.
Now that Apple has bought the British-made app, it’s only a matter of time until we see proper Shazam integration. We expect it to be announced properly in due course and consequently come out with the launch of iOS 12.
Improved AR and ARKit
It’s no surprise to anyone that iOS 11.3 is bringing both Animoji and the ARKit to iOS users. But in iOS 12, we should expect more improvements to it along with additional features which aren’t included at launch. Back in 2015, Apple bought Faceshift, a company whose technology tracks a user’s face in real-time and can transform it, much like a Snapchat filter.
Now that augmented reality and animation is coming to our iPhones and iPads, we expect to see much more if it in future updates.
Possible And Rumoured Features:
FaceTime Calls With Multiple People
FaceTime is one of Apple’s most-used applications. It’s the perfect way to call friends and loved-ones when meeting face-to-face simply can’t be done. After all, the next best thing is to call them and see their face on your own iPhone screen. But Apple has so far missed a trick with FaceTime: you can only call one person at a time.
So why could FaceTime be developed to include multiple users now? Earlier we mentioned Apple’s acquisition of Faceshift back in 2015. Apple bought out Faceshift, a company whose technology tracks a user’s face in real-time and can transform it much like a Snapchat filter, so they could capitalize on the augmented trend.
It’s been rumored that Apple could be integrating this tech into FaceTime, making it a more creative and enjoyable app to use. It would certainly give FaceTime a new lease of life, and help it stop from stagnating.
Another reason why we could see a FaceTime update is due to the fact that being limited to a one-person call feels somewhat out of date in 2018. From conference calls to just hanging out via video calls in groups, having multi-user calls is extremely common nowadays. Apple, in this respect, is still lagging behind.
By adding a feature like this to the FaceTime app, Apple would also be able to tap into the business sector, as conference calls could take place out in the world as opposed to in the office. Whether or not we’ll see this rumored feature make it into the iOS update is still uncertain, but it would certainly make a lot of sense if it did.
Competitors Huawei has recently taken the lead in the mobile world when it comes to WiFi+. WiFi+, otherwise known as Smart WiFi, is essentially an enhanced take on the current WiFi connectivity feature. For example, WiFi+ prioritizes stronger networks to weaker ones, in addition to automatically turning the WiFi feature on or off depending on your location.
Although it may not sound like a game-changing addition, WiFi+ is actually a huge quality of life feature. Not only does it save hours upon hours of battery life, but it also makes searching, finding and connecting to WiFi networks incredibly easier.
Seeing as Apple certainly don’t want to fall behind their competitors, Apple will surely upgrade iOS to include smarter WiFi options. Although it would definitely be plausible if Apple did this, it may just feature in a later iOS update.
Faster, Easier Access To Video Settings
Many iPhone and iPad users don’t even know that they can change their Camera app settings in a pretty huge away. For instance, there are options in Settings to change video shoot-rate to 1080p and 4k, which is a ridiculous improvement compared to the 720p at 30 FPS.
Video instantly become crisp, clear and extremely professional-looking – but in order to change the rate, the user has to click and look around until they eventually get to change anything. It’s similar to trying to find the exit of a labyrinth.
Another quality of life change would be to integrate settings somewhere in the Camera app. It’d be far more logical to do this, and it would save new users as well as older iOS users to switch the framerate in a far easier way. There’s no telling whether Apple will introduce these settings in iOS 12 or not. In our minds, there’s a fifty-fifty chance.
Apple has already published back development on photo-editing and photo-sharing features, but then again, Apple is wanting to make iOS 12 functional and easy to use.
When Exactly Can We Expect It?
When it comes to Apple, their marketing of both software and hardware fits a schedule, which year after year has been extremely similar to the last. Therefore, it’s pretty safe to say we know when iOS will be released.
Tim Cook will announce it at the World Wide Developers Conference, which has taken place on the same month every year for the past ten years – June. On stage, Tim Cook and senior Apple developers will go through the new features step-by-step. After the initial announcement, it will then go into beta testing. This usually lasts around a few months, and like all beta tests, it’s to stamp out any bugs and problems before general release.
The testing usually takes a few months to complete – perhaps three to four, and maybe even five at a stretch. But seeing as iOS 11 was full of bad code and therefore a pretty substandard iOS, we think Apple will try their hardest to replace iOS 11 as soon as they can. If we were betting people (we’re not) we’d say iOS 12 has a good chance of coming out in late October or early November.
iOS 12 Wishlist:
In order to find out what consumers want from the next iOS, we’ve scoured the internet, searching for features which are in demand but haven’t yet been implemented. Here are some examples we thought needed to be introduced asap.
It’s fairly standard nowadays to be able to change an app’s appearance by changing customizable settings. Twitter, for example, has its standard light blue theme in addition to a darker, grey-and-black based theme. Reddit also has a very similar feature, in which all manner of colors and options can be chosen from.
But when it comes to iOS for iPhones and iPads, we still can’t change the aesthetics of the interface in an easy, simple way. A dark theme – and any other theme in general, really – would add a touch of personalization to the iPhone, and it would definitely have advantages when it comes to accessibility.
At night, the white background of apps like Mail and Messages can be very, very bright – wouldn’t a dark theme make text easier to read in addition to not being so obscenely bright? Although we haven’t heard any mention of customizable themes being implemented in iOS 12, it’s something that we definitely wish for in a future update.
Smarter Auto-Correct Data
Auto-correct is a very useful tool, and when we’re trying to write a message in a short space of time, it can often be a lifesaver. Saying that auto-correct can also completely mess up what you intended to say, and perhaps even get in you in trouble for it too.
There are hundreds of memes and posts about autocorrect fails, and the truth is that the screenshots of funny, unintentional mistakes keep on piling in. At some point in the future, we’d like smarter auto-correct data which would helpfully correct our mistakes instead of creating mistakes itself.
The issue with it is that it assumes what we’re going to say before we’ve even typed it – and that isn’t always helpful. As auto-correct software improves, we hopefully won’t have so many “auto-correct fail” websites in the future.
We all have different features we want Apple to add to their next iOS. Ultimately, it’s largely dependent on how we use our iPhones. A photographer will certainly use their iPhone in a different way to a businessman, and vice versa. However, how would you like Apple to improve functionality in their next big iOS update? Let us know your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below.