Apple announced iOS 12 at WWDC 2018 a few days back.
it was a bit disappointing
to see some of the most requested features
not being there in iOS 12.
Like users have been asking
for Dark mode since before iOS 11,
the ability to set default apps.
It’s more of an update focussed on
performance improvements, usability,
The fact that iOS 12 is also available for
the iPhones Apple released 5 years back
is a great effort from Apple to keep users happy.
And unlike last couple of years,
this time we decided to calm our curiosities
installed iOS 12 beta 1 on our devices
right away after Apple released it for developers.
This blog is based on our experience
with iOS 12 on iPhone 8 Plus.
Installing iOS 12 on your iPhone
First things first,
make sure you have iPhone 5s or newer.
And before getting started,
plug-in your phone to iTunes
take a full-backup
in case your phone gets bricked
while installing iOS 12,
which is very unlikely.
download and install
for iOS 12
then download and update
from “Software Update” section
just like you install a regular iOS update.
It’s a straightforward OTA update process
which you’re already familiar with.
Note: This beta profile is from
a third-party developer
and is not officially from Apple.
Apple will officially release public beta
in around a month.
We’ve been running iOS 12
since last week now
here are our thoughts on the additions
changes introduced in iOS 12.
iOS 12 is fast
The performance improvements are significant
Previously on iOS 11,
while accessing spotlight by swiping down from home screen,
it used to lag.
And not just that,
sometimes keyboard didn’t even used to show up
we had to repeat the same action to make it work.
But things are faster and better in iOS 12.
The keyboard gets up
as soon as spotlight shows up.
Another thing that we’ve noticed
is the multitasking shortcut
for switching to the last app
by 3d touching on left
wasn’t that reliable in iOS 11,
so much that it was easy to ignore the feature altogether than to use it,
but in iOS 12 the same shortcut is very smooth.
Although there are times when it still doesn’t work well,
but that’s very rare.
Spotlight widgets load faster in iOS 12
than they used to in iOS 11.
Apart from this,
3d touch feels pretty smooth too.
It’s good to see Apple
squeezing out the power
to improve the already good performance in iOS.
Notifications in iOS 11 are a mess,
there’s no grouping, there’s no way to quickly control notifications,
there’s no way to set priorities.
Apple has added notifications grouping
better notification management in iOS 12,
so now notifications from the same app are grouped together
you can control how often you want to get notifications from the apps
right from the notification.
We think the implementation can be a whole lot better.
For the notifications that are grouped,
you get to see only the last notification
from that app,
a better way would’ve been to
show two or three notifications
cut the rest.
There’s no Notification pinning or snoozing
which could’ve been very useful features.
Screen time and App limits
There’s a new feature in iOS 12 called Screen Time
which is more like bird’s-eye view
of your phone usage.
There’s a saying that you can’t improve something that you can’t measure.
Screen Time is a feature
that’s going to be very useful
for everyone who wants to cut down time
on Social apps or overall phone usage.
It shows you every little detail
of how many apps you use
for how much time and at what times.
Not only this,
it also keeps track
of how many times you picked up your phone,
how many notifications you receive
from the apps you have
on your phone.
Other useful sub-feature of Screen time
is App limits,
which allows you to set limit
on app usage based on app or category.
So let’s say you don’t want to use WhatsApp
for more than 30 mins a day,
you can do that through App limits.
It works for app categories
including Games, Social Networking,
Entertainment, Creativity, Productivity,
Education, Reading & Reference, Health & Fitness.
So you can limit it via category
which works across apps.
Plus, it syncs across your other iOS devices,
so you can’t cheat that way.
Siri and Shortcuts app
In iOS 12,
you can assign custom shortcuts
to Siri to trigger specific actions,
which not only works for System apps
but also with third-party apps.
So now if you want to send a specific message
to someone on WhatsApp,
you can assign a command for that to Siri
you can trigger that action
just from Siri using that command.
Apple has also introduced
a new app in iOS 12 called Shortcuts.
Shortcuts app lets you group actions
run those actions quickly.
Although Shortcuts app isn’t there in iOS 12 beta 1
but we think it’s one of best addition in iOS 12.
Updated Photos app
Photos app now has new section called “For you”,
where it shows all the new Albums,
your best moments, share suggestions,
photos and effect suggestions.
This is more like the Assistant tab
of Google Photos app.
Also you can share selected photos
or albums with your friends
right from the Photos app.
The Album tab in Photos app is redesigned
for easier navigation. Also there’s
a new tab for Search
which has been advanced,
so you can now search photos
using tags like “surfing” and “vacation”.
It’s good to see Apple paying attention
to up the Photos app but we still think
Google Photos is a better option
for average person
considering it lets you
store photos in Cloud for free.
Also photo organization in Google Photos
is much better than in new Photos app
in iOS 12.
Enhanced Do Not Disturb Mode
Do Not Disturb in iOS 12 is enhanced
to be more flexible.
You can now enable Do Not Disturb mode
to end automatically in an hour, or at night,
or according to your Calendar events,
or even based on your location.
Not just that,
Do Not Disturb has a new Bedtime mode
enabling which will shut all your notifications
during bed time and dim your display.
And when you will wake up,
it’ll show you a welcome back
message along with weather details
on the lock screen.
There are other updates
under the hood improvements as well,
like new Measure app,
redesigned iBooks app, tracking prevention, group FaceTime etc.
Overall, we think it’s an okay update
considering there are not as many bugs as there should be
according to Apple standards.
The force touch in the keyboard to drag cursor doesn’t work,
Skype and some other apps crash,
but for the most part, it’s good enough
to be installed on your primary device.