Everything You'd Like to Know about iOS 12

With every major iOS update, Apple pushes the envelope and iOS 12 is no such exception. During Apple’s WWDC 2018 Keynote, the latest iOS 12 version was revealed. While it is still new and only the beta version is available, it certainly comes with tons of advanced features. The best thing is those iPhone models released way back in 2013 can even upgrade to iOS 12. Let’s get to know its latest features and how to update to iOS 12 in this extensive guide.

Part 1. What’s new in iOS 12?

From better performance to an improved Face ID, iOS 12 certainly comes with numerous features. Here’s every major detail that you can find in iOS 12.

1.1 Battery performance

  • Battery optimization
  • Users can check maximum and peak capacity of battery

Now, users can simply check their device’s battery health by visiting its Settings > Battery. Here, you can view the battery usage and further customize settings to get its peak performance. The feature was earlier introduced in iOS 11.3 to stop devices from overloading and to attain battery optimization.

ios 12 new feature - better battery performance
With iOS 12, iPhone users can check the device's battery health condition better.

1.2 Measure 3D objects

  • Measures real-life 3D objects
  • Better leveler

With the new “Measure” app, you can now examine real-life 3D objects using your iPhone. Simply scan the object and move around to get its exact dimensions. The leveler is also a part of the Measure app now.

ios 12 new feature - measure 3d objects
on iOS 12, the new Measure App can enable you to examine real-life 3D objects.

1.3 Better and faster performance

  • iOS 12 has resolved the common iOS 11 problems
  • Your device would be 50 to 70% faster in different features

Most importantly, iOS 12 will make your device a whole lot faster with better performance. Users won’t have to experience the performance throttling that was quite evident in iOS 11. Apply officials have quoted that iOS 12 will provide "up to 70% faster swipe to Camera, up to 50% faster keyboard display, and up to 2x faster app launch under heavy workload.” This is certainly a major boost to its performance.

ios 12 new feature - improved performance
iOS 12 will massively improve device performances. This is really exciting news.

1.4 Set up alternative Face ID

  • Alternative face ID for a different appearance
  • Also supports secondary user
  • Better security with Face ID

If you keep changing your appearance or share your device with someone, then this would be a highly useful feature for you. Now, you can set up an alternative appearance for Face ID on your device so that you can access it without any trouble. Besides that, the overall Face ID algorithm has also been improved with better security settings.

ios 12 new features - alternative face id

1.5 Bedtime Mode

  • Advanced DND mode
  • No alter for messages, calls, and notifications

The new iOS feature will help you sleep in silence. It is an advanced form of DND mode, which will silent your calls and messages after a certain time. Your notifications will be moved to the notification history as well.

ios 12 new features - bedtime mode

1.6 Digital Health Initiative

  • Set screen time for your device
  • Group notification
  • App limits for social media addiction

This is one of the most prominent things about iOS 12. Apple wants you to use your device less and control your smartphone addiction. You can monitor your screen time in a better way and even restrict usage for an app. The Screen Time feature will provide a more detailed view of it.

ios 12 new features - ditigal health initiative

If you are getting addicted to social media apps, then you can set app limits as well. You can set daily and weekly limits for any app.

ios 12 new features - app time limites

1.7 Improved camera software

  • Improved portrait mode
  • Can distinguish between human faces and objects
  • New camera features

If you are a shutterbug, then you will love the improved camera features in iOS 12. The portrait mode now provides different features for the human face and inanimate objects. There is also an evident improvement in the camera features. You can also import RAW files from your phone to your computer as well.

ios 12 new features - improved camera software

1.8 Augmented Reality file format

  • New format for AR files (USDZ)
  • Advanced AR kit
  • Improved multiplayer feature in 3D games

Apple has collaborated with Pixar to come up with a new file format to support Augmented Reality files, USDZ. This will make it easier for users to create and share AR images. With a better AR Kit in iOS 12, users can make the most of virtual reality. It also allows us to play multi-user games with better 3D rendition.

1.9 New Control Center

  • Control Center can be customized
  • Addition of features like Apple TV in it

The overall appearance of iOS 12 has also seen a major improvement. There is a new control center with features for Apple TV, QR reader, and so on. You can also add your own shortcuts in Control Center as well.

ios 12 new features - new control center

Other iOS 12 new features

  • New app switcher
  • Personalized memojis
  • New animojis
  • Improved native apps
  • Group FaceTime
  • Add shortcuts to Siri
  • Improved password management

Besides that, there are tons of other features that you can enjoy in iOS 12. A lot of default apps (like stock, health, voice memos, etc.) have been modified. There are also new animojis available. If you have an iPhone X, then animojis can even detect your tongue. There are also iPhone X like gestures available for iPad as well.

ios 12 new features - new animojis

Part 2. iOS 12 Compatible Devices

Apple has certainly taken care of all the major iOS devices while rolling out the iOS 12 updates. Apple officials have also stated how they wish to attain maximum penetration among their users with the iOS 12 upgrade. All the devices that are running on iOS 11 will also support iOS 12. This would include devices manufactured way back in 2013 as well. Thsi is unprecedented for Apple as well as other smartphone makers. A lot of iPhone users asked "Will iPhone 5s support ios 12 too?" The Answer is Yes, it will. This also shows that Apple actually is not trying to force users to upgrade to new iPhones.

Here are all the devices that would support iOS 12.

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPad Mini 4, 3, and 2
  • 9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 5-inch iPad Pro
  • 7-inch iPad Pro
  • 5-inch iPad
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad Air and Air 2
  • iPod Touch 6th generation
ios 12 supported devices
iOS 12 supports iPhone 5s and newer devices. it's the the broadest iOS update ever.

This is good news for all the users who are struggling to run their devices with iOS 11. With a better performance, iOS 12 will truly be the perfect upgrade that iOS users are looking for.

Part 3. Should I Upgrade to iOS 12?

Whenever any new iOS update is released, this is the first thing that users ask. After all, an iOS update can drastically change your smartphone experience. To make things easier for you, we have quickly listed its pros and cons.

3.1 Why should you upgrade to iOS 12?

As you know, iOS 12 is a lot faster than iOS 11 and will boost the overall performance of your device. For instance, if you have an iPhone 5S running on iOS 11, then you might be experiencing unwanted lags. By updating to a stable iOS 12 version, the overall performance of your device can be increased. Additionally, iOS 12 comes with better battery management, security, and tons of other advanced features.

3.2 Why should you not update to iOS 12?

The beta version can get a little unstable with unwanted bugs. Your device might slow down or can restart multiple times because of it. The unstable version of iOS 12 (beta) might hang or brick your device as well. To upgrade to the beta version, you might have to pay (to have a registered Apple developer account). Therefore, it is better to wait for a stable version, which would not have so many unwanted flaws and would be available for public for free.

Part 4. How to upgrade to iOS 12 Beta?

Before we teach you how to upgrade to iOS 12, let’s quickly have a look at its expected timeline.

  • The beta version of iOS 12 has been released (for Apple developers only)
  • The public beta version is most likely to be made available on June 26.
  • The stable iOS 12 version is likely to be rolled out from September 2018.

Therefore, if you wish to upgrade to iOS 12 before its public release, then you would need to have an Apple developer account. As of now, the Apple Developer Program costs $99 per year. Before you proceed, make sure you have met the following requirements:

  • Check whether your device is compatible with iOS 12 or not
  • Have enough free storage on your system to support iOS 12 downloads (the beta update is of around 1.5 GB).
  • Have an Apple developer account
  • An unstable iOS version might brick your iPhone. Therefore, take the assistance of a reliable tool like dr.fone – Backup & Restore (iOS) to take a prior backup of your data.

If you are a developer, then you can follow these steps to download iOS 12 update.

  1. Visit the Apple developer website on your iOS device and log-in to your account.
  2. Go to the “Download New Beta” tab and download the beta version of iOS 12 on your device.
  3. download ios 12 beta
    On your iPhone, visit Apple developer website and go to Download New Beta to download iOS 12 beta version.
  4. Once the download is complete, the beta profile will appear. Tap on the “Install” button.
  5. Verify yourself by providing the passcode of your device and agree to the terms and condition. This will initiate the download.
  6. When it is completed, you will be asked to restart your device. Tap on the “Restart” button to do it.
  7. install ios 12 beta
    Follow the onscreen instruction to install iOS 12 Beta software.
  8. Furthermore, go to beta.apple.com to enroll your device beforehand. From here, you can download the configuration profile.
  9. Now, go to its Settings > General > Software Update. You can view the iOS 12 beta profile here. Just tap on the “Download and Install” button.
  10. Your phone will be restarted once the iOS 12 upgrade is completed.

If you do not have a developer account, then you can follow these steps to upgrade to iOS 12 beta version.

  1. Firstly, download the IPSW file for iOS 12 on your computer. Make sure that the file you download is for your device.
  2. Now, connect your iOS device to the system and launch an updated version of iTunes on it.
  3. Select your device and go to its Summary page.
  4. Click on the Update button while holding the Shift key (for Windows) or the Option key (for Mac).
  5. A pop-up browser window will be opened. Go to the location where you have saved the IPSW file and load it. This will initiate the update process.
  6. install ios 12 beta using itunes
    Download iOS 12 Beta IPSW file on your computer and install iOS 12 Beta using iTunes.
  7. In the end, you can just register your device’s unique ID to Apple’s beta website in order to activate it.

Part 5. iOS 12 Beta Problems and Bugs

Just like any other beta release, iOS 12 also has certain bugs and flaws. If you are also using the beta version of iOS 12, then you might face the following issues.

  • The most common issue related to iOS 12 is that it can’t connect to the App Store. Whenever a user launches the app, it gives the “Cannot connect to App Store” error.
  • Certain apps like Skype are getting forcefully closed out of the blue
  • The iOS device restarts abruptly
  • Many high-performance games are not running smoothly
  • The group notification feature is not working
  • Music streaming apps like Pandora are malfunctioning
  • Certain apps would crash down unexpectedly
  • Some users have complained about the loss of their data as well
  • There is a glitch with the keypad while typing anything
  • Users are not able to connect to their cellular data
  • The personal hotspot feature is malfunctioning
  • Certain payment gateways, mobile wallets, and banking apps are not working
  • The setting app is also crashing when one toggles on/off an option

Since it is just the beta release, users are expected to face problems like these. If you don’t want to experience these issues, then simply wait for a stable public release of the update.

Part 6. How to downgrade from iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11?

After upgrading their device to a beta version, a lot of users face unwanted complications. The best way to resolve this is by downgrading your device back to a previous stable version. If you want, you can also downgrade your iOS device from iOS 12 to 11 as well. All you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Launch an updated version of iTunes on your computer.
  2. Connect your device to the system and put it in the Recovery mode.
  3. For iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, it can be done by quickly pressing (and releasing) the Volume Up button. After that, hold the Volume Down button and quickly release it. In the end, just press and hold the side button. Keep holding it till the recovery mode screen would appear.
  4. put iphone x in recovery mode

  5. For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, you need to long press the Volume down and Sleep/Wake button simultaneously. Keep holding both the buttons, even when you see the Apple logo on the screen. Only release them when the recovery mode screen would appear.
  6. For iPhone 6s and older versions, just press and hold the Home and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. Keep holding them till you get the recovery mode screen (hold them even when you see the Apple logo on the screen).
  7. As soon as your device enters the recovery mode, iTunes will detect a problem and display the following prompt. Click on the “Update” button to continue.
  8. downgrade from ios 12 to ios 11

  9. Follow the simple on-screen instructions to update your device to a stable version of iOS 11.

If you want, you can also download the stable IPSW file for iOS 11 and load it on iTunes as well. Downgrading iOS 12 with iTunes is a good option. But there are also good chances that you will lose all data on iPhone. You can also check how to downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 without iTunes.

Now when you know about all the amazing features of iOS 12, its bugs, and how to upgrade (or downgrade) it, you can certainly make it most of it. Out of all the popular iOS 12 features, which one is your favorite? Are you willing to upgrade to iOS 12 beta release? Feel free to share your opinions with us in the comments below.

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