Apple Announces iOS 12 With Focus On Performance And New Features

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Apple revealed a bunch of new features coming to its voice-based assistant at its WWDC keynote earlier this week, including a new Shortcuts feature that will let iPhone and iPad users initiate app-based actions via voice. As announced at the event, iOS 12 will soon allow group FaceTime sessions that can include up to 32 participants, to be rolled out on macOS as well. We kid, but Apple will be blocking the access and operation of any legacy ones that may have landed on your handset or tablet outside of the aging Safari Extensions Gallery that made its debut way back in 2010.

Another whinged: "I have an iPhone X, after installing iOS 11.4 my battery starting draining 2 to 3 times faster than before". That's when Apple has traditionally released the new version of its operating system, usually a few days before the new iPhones go one sale.

Apple also seems to be enhancing the way the technology works as the company highlights in the release note for iOS 12 that Face ID will now continuously learn about how you look in order to increase the success rate of identifying you by recognizing alternative appearances.

This involves a weekly activity summary that shows you how you used your iPhone or iPad during the week.

App Analytics lets you measure user engagement, marketing campaigns, and monetization using data you won't find anywhere else. Or that Apple has now paid out more than $100 billion to App Store developers?

In fact, Apple says that "no new submissions to the Safari Extensions Gallery will be accepted until the end of 2018", eventually sealing its fate. But most developers at WWDC this week agreed that the beta version this year was more stable than not, and was nearly good enough to run on your daily phone. This is a feature I'd like to see in a future update. You do need to turn the option on in Settings Safari Show Icons in Tabs, though. Apple is expected to do the same thing with iOS 12. While it doesn't explicitly mention Facebook in the presentation, the new mechanism will work against exactly those tricks that the social network employs en masse.

You can download the software through Xcode, which is what programmers use to build iPhone apps.

Apple previewed iOS 12, the latest version of its iPhone software, this week.

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Apple focuses on major performance improvements for iOS 12.