Apple has released iOS 12 to the public today, as promised last week. The software update is available to download on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is compatible with any iOS device that runs iOS 11.
As we know, iOS 12 is more focused on the performance enhancements and improvements to the mobile operating system. The update is meant for a boost in the performance of apps and services like 40 percent faster app launches, 50 percent faster keyboard appearance, and up to 70 percent faster camera. Of course, Apple has bundled new features likes its own Measure AR app that lets you measure objects in the real world with your iOS Device (there are many such apps in the App Store, but this one is designed by Apple). Not to forget Siri Shortcuts, Memoji.
iOS 12 Supported Devices
- iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
- iPhone 5S
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and both generations of 12.9-inch)
- iPad (2018)
- iPad (fifth-gen)
- iPad Air and iPad Air 2
- iPad mini 2, 3, and 4
- iPod Touch (sixth-gen)
You can download and install iOS 12 from Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.
iOS 12 Changelog
- iOS has been enhanced for a faster and more responsive experience across the system
- All supported devices see improved performance, going back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air
- Camera launches up to 70 percent faster, the keyboard appears up to 50 percent faster and typing is more responsive*
- Apps launch up to twice as fast when your device is under heavy workload*
- New For You tab helps you discover great photos in your library with Featured Photos, Effect Suggestions, and more
- Sharing Suggestions proactively recommend sharing photos taken at events with the people who are in them
- Search enhancements make it easier to find your photos with intelligent suggestions and multiple keyword support
- Search for photos based on the place, business name, or event where you were when you took them
- Improved camera import with faster performance and a new large preview mode
- RAW support for editing images
- Portrait mode improvements preserve fine detail between subject and background when using Stage Light and Stage Light Mono effects
- QR codes are highlighted in the camera frame, making them easier to scan
- Memoji, a new, more customizable Animoji, make Messages more expressive with personalized characters that are diverse and fun
- Animoji now also include T. rex, ghost, koala, and tiger
- Make Memoji and Animoji wink and stick out their tongue
- New camera effects bring Animoji, filters, text effects, iMessage sticker packs, and shapes to the photos and videos you capture in Messages
- Animoji recordings can now capture up to 30 seconds
- Screen Time provides detailed information and tools to help you and your family find the right balance of time spent with apps and websites
- See the time spent in apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications are received, and how often devices are picked up
- App limits help you set the amount of time you or your child can spend in apps and on websites
- Screen Time for kids lets parents manage how their child uses iPhone and iPad right from their own iOS devices
Do Not Disturb
- Turn off Do Not Disturb after a set time, location or calendar event
- Do Not Disturb during Bedtime hides all notifications from your lock screen while you sleep
- Notifications from the same app are automatically grouped together to help you manage your notifications
- Instant Tuning gives you control over your notification settings right from the lock screen
- New Deliver Quietly option silently sends notifications directly to Notification Center without interrupting you
- Siri Shortcuts deliver a faster way to get things done with the ability for any app to work with Siri
- Add shortcuts using the “Add to Siri” button in supported apps, or in Settings > Siri and Search
- Siri suggests shortcuts on the Lock screen and in Search
- Get motorsports results, schedules, stats and standings for Formula 1, Nascar, Indy 500 and MotoGP
- Search for photos by time, location, people, topic or recent trips to find relevant photos and Memories in Photos
- Translate phrases in more languages, with support for over 40 language pairs
- Check facts about celebrities, such as when they were born, and ask questions about food, including calories and nutrient content
- Turn flashlight on or off
- More natural and expressive voice now available in Irish English, South African English, Danish, Norwegian, Cantonese and Mandarin (Taiwan)
- Shared experiences in ARKit 2 let developers create innovative AR apps you can experience together with friends
- Persistence enables developers to save and reload experiences right from where you left off
- Object detection and image tracking gives developers new tools to recognize real world objects and track images while they move through space
- AR Quick Look extends AR throughout iOS, letting you view AR objects with built-in apps like News, Safari, and Files and share them with friends with iMessage and Mail
- New augmented reality app to measure objects and spaces
- Draw lines across surfaces or in free space to measure, and tap on a line’s label to see more information
- Automatically measure rectangular objects
- Capture, share and markup screenshots of your measurements
Privacy and Security
- Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
- Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
- Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
- Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
- Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
- Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
- Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device
- All-new design that makes discovering and enjoying books and audiobooks easy and fun
- Reading Now makes it simple to get back to the book you’re currently reading or find great recommendations for what to read next
- Add books to the new Want to Read collection to keep track of what you’d like to read next
- The Book Store makes it easy to find your next favorite read with new and popular selections from our Apple Books editors and recommendations chosen just for you
- The new Audiobooks store helps you find immersive stories and informative nonfiction books narrated by your favorite authors, actors, and celebrities
- Search now supports lyrics so you can use a few of the words to find a song
- Artist pages have an easier to browse design with a personalized station of any artist’s music
- The new Friends Mix is a playlist of songs you’ll love from everything your friends are listening to
- New charts to show you the daily top 100 songs in countries around the world
- Apple News is redesigned to make it easier to discover new channels and topics
- The new sidebar on iPad and Channels tab on iPhone make it easy to jump straight to your favorite publications and discover new ones
- All-new design lets you easily view stock quotes, interactive charts, and top news on iPhone and iPad
- Top Stories section includes articles selected by Apple News editors to highlight the latest news driving the market
- Read Apple News stories right in the app, formatted to look great on iPhone and iPad
- Watchlist includes color-coded sparklines that let you see daily performance at a glance
- See an interactive chart for every ticker symbol, plus key details including after-hours price, trading volume, and more
- All-new design with improved ease of use
- iCloud keeps your recordings and edits in sync across all of your devices
- Available on iPad with support for both portrait and landscape orientation
- Get notified when movies and TV shows are available to watch in Up Next
- Share your favorite movies, TV shows, and sporting events with universal links
- Now supports chapters for shows that include them
- Skip 30 seconds or to the next chapter with forward and back buttons in your car or on your headphones
- Easily manage new episode notifications from the Listen Now screen
- Live Listen now works with AirPods to help you hear more clearly
- RTT phone calling now works with AT&T
- Speak Selection now supports using the Siri voice to speak text that you have selected
Other features and improvements
- Camera effects in FaceTime transform your look in real-time
- CarPlay adds support for third-party navigation apps
- On supported campuses, use contactless student ID cards in Wallet to access buildings and pay with Apple Pay
- Website icons can appear in tabs on iPad by enabling them in Settings > Safari
- Weather includes air quality index in supported regions
- Quickly swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go home on iPad
- Swipe down from the top right to access Control Center on iPad
- Mark Up includes a palette of additional colors and options to change line width and opacity for each tool
- Battery usage chart in Settings now shows your usage for the last 24 hours or 10 days, and you can tap a bar to see app use for that period of time
- On devices without 3D Touch, touch and hold the keyboard Space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad
- Maps adds support for indoor maps for airports and malls with indoor positioning in China
- New definition dictionary in Hebrew, and bilingual dictionaries in Arabic and English, and Hindi and English
- New English thesaurus
- Automatic software updates allow iOS updates to be installed automatically overnight
macOS Mojave 10.14.3 supplemental update fixes Group FaceTime bug on Mac
No more eavesdropping on Mac, too!
Apple pushed macOS Mojave 10.14.3 software update to Mac users. The supplemental update follows the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug fix that arrived on iPhone and iPad through iOS 12.1.4.
macOS 10.14.3 includes fixes for the embarrassing FaceTime bug, and the Live Photos issue that Apple uncovered during a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service. Not to forget that the bug-free Group FaceTime feature is available only on the latest iOS and macOS release, so staying on older firmware will not help here.
Apart from these bug fixes, the software update packs under-the-hood improvements, too. You can grab the supplemental update from the Mac App Store today. Simply head over to System Preferences –> Software Update and you’re good to install the update.
Apple releases iOS 12.1.4 with Group FaceTime Eavsdroping Bug Fix
No more eavesdropping now!
Apple has issued iOS 12.1.4 to the public. The software update addresses the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug, which surfaced last week.
The eavesdropping bug allowed users to listen to other user’s conversation without their knowledge. What’s even more scary is the bug also transmitted the video feed to the caller when the user tried to ignore the call.
In response to this FaceTime bug, Apple quickly disabled the Group FaceTime feature to avoid people from being vulnerable. The company promised to air a fix to this eavesdropping bug last week, and now it’s alive in the form of iOS 12.1.4.
Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation
Impact: The initiator of a Group FaceTime call may be able to cause the recipient to answer
Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls. The issue was addressed with improved state management.
CVE-2019-6223: Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School, Daven Morris of Arlington, TX
Apple formally credited Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School and Daven Morris of Arlington, TX for reporting the bug initially. The company will be compensating the Thompson family for finding and reporting the bug, with an additional scholarship for Thompson’s education.
In addition to addressing the FaceTime bug, Apple has also fixed a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime. The Live Photos bug was uncovered when Apple made a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service. The feature remains disabled on older versions of iOS to ensure users are on the latest release of the software for a safer and secure experience.
iOS 12.1.3 now available, fixes HomePod, iPad Pro bugs, and more
One minor update that fixes issues affecting Messages, HomePod, iPad Pro, and CarPlay.
Apple has released iOS 12.1.3 today. The software update is the fifth update to iOS 12 since its September launch, which follows December’s iPhone-only iOS 12.1.2 update as well.
iOS 12.1.3 is a minor update, though it fixes a handful of bugs affecting the iPad Pro, HomePod, and CarPlay. One of such fixes includes the audio distortion when using external audio input devices on iPad Pro. It also fixes an issue on HomePod that could cause the device to restart or that could cause Siri to stop listening. Full release notes for iOS 12.1.3 are listed below.
● Fixes an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view.
● Address an issue where photos could have striped artifacts after being sent from the Share Sheet
● Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion when using external audio input devices on iPad Pro (2018)
● Resolves an issue that could cause certain CarPlay systems to disconnect from iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
This release also includes bug fixes for HomePod.
● Fixes an issue that could cause HomePod to restart
● Addresses an issue that could cause Siri to stop listening
Eligible iOS devices can grab the OTA update from Settings > General > Software Update. iPhone users will be updating from iOS 12.1.2 to iOS 12.1.3, while iPad users will be updating from iOS 12.1.1.