Apple Releases iOS 12 With Performance Improvement, Siri Shortcuts and More

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You can do that today with the release of iOS 12. We'll be publishing coverage of the new features in all these upgrades in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned. The company has also rolled out new Animoji characters like T.rex, ghost, koala and tiger.

You can always tune your notifications and see whether you want a particular app to send you ones in the future. Thankfully, even if you struggle with the normal update process, there are ways to kickstart it into life. You can even put them on top of your face during a FaceTime call, or in Messages.

With Siri Shortcuts, the popular note-taking app will let users quickly crate new notes on the fly.

Today's update for iWork is relatively minor compared to the kind of updates usually shipped alongside a major new version of iOS, but it still includes a handful of useful improvements that move Apple's productivity suite in the right direction.

Apple's introducing features like ARKit 2 with iOS 12, which brings 3D object detection, ability to share ARKit objects through Mail and iMessage, and a new Measure app that helps you measure real-world objects. That issue has been fixed in iOS 12.

Some of the changes are an extension of Apple's effort to help you limit the amount of time spent staring at your screen.

Stocks features an all-new design with a customizable watchlist that makes it easy to follow the market.

But wait, there's more.

The new features aren't game-changing, but they're still extremely welcome, particularly the capability to make and receive phone calls directly (see "HomePod First Impressions: Let the (Apple) Music Play", 12 February 2018, and "Beyond Music: Comparing the HomePod to Amazon Echo and Google Home", 15 March 2018).

That said, you've been waiting this long, so what's another week or two? The app now suggests searches to make it easier for users to discover older photos through keywords like business names, moments and places. Apart from the obvious features that are listed on Apple's website (which you can check out here) there are certain things that you will find in the iOS 12 changelog only. Perhaps the most immediate practical example is Apple's new Measure app, which allows you to measure surfaces using your iPhone's camera just by pointing your phone at a surface and drawing a line.

Voice Memos on the iPad.

Apple iOS 12, the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, will be available for download tonight for the general public. You can also install it through iTunes, but we recommend the over-the-air update instead due to Apple's waning interest in iTunes.

The Shortcuts app is powerful and full of potential, but once you get into examining all of the actions it may be overwhelming.

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