Apple’s iOS 12 Update: Should I Update to iOS 12?

Feeling hesitant about whether upload to iOS 12 or not? Have a look at this article that can help you have a better understanding about the newly-released iOS 12 and make the right choice.

By Alexis Hay | Posted: Jul. 12, 2018, Last Updated: Jul. 12, 2018
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With the release of the iOS 12 Beta in WWDC this year, the upcoming iOS 12 in September does arouse our curiosity and excitement. All these fascinating features and functions unveiled lately seem to tell us that it’s worthy to give a try. However, the sad news like bricked iPhone, unstable network connection, unreliable notification and so on let us waver in fear of running into unknown troubles.

In this case, with both curiosity and hesitation about whether you should update your iPhone or iPad to the latest OS, you may ask yourself: Should I update to iOS 12? Now follow this article to get more information about the new iOS which can help you make the right decision on should I update to iOS 12.

1. The Sparkling New Features in iOS 12

1. Faster and More Responsive Performance

As we shall know, the performance is the key part that Apple has mentioned in this update of Apple OS. Therefore, iOS 12 can provide us a faster and more responsive performance. Based on the statistics of Apple, swiping to camera can be up to 70% faster; displaying keyboard can be up to 50% faster; launching app can be up to 2x faster than before even under heavy workload.

2. Custom Shortcuts in Siri

Should I Update to iOS 12 - Custom Shortcuts in Siri

Should I Update to iOS 12 – Custom Shortcuts in Siri

With the updated Siri in iOS 12, it is available for you to add custom shortcuts even using a third-party software. On this occasion, it’s extremely convenient for you to have a custom quick action triggered by asking Siri. Also, on the final version of iOS 12, there is an app “Shortcuts” made for you to let you manage the shortcuts and render you suggestions on how to use it properly and efficiently.

3. Time Control in Screen Time

Should I Update to iOS 12 – Time Control in Screen Time

Similar to the function on Android, this feature offers you a deep insight into the time you have been spent on apps, websites, categories of apps, etc. You can set the time limit to make a management on how much time you should spend on certain apps.

Working together with Family Sharing, Screen Time enables you to take parental controls over your children by setting limits on how long can he/she spend in certain apps or categories of apps, preventing purchases, setting age limits for certain content and so on.

4. Grouped Notification

Without those chaotic notifications that bother you in the lock screen, the notification in iOS 12 would be grouped together based on the app or topic. Also, it is available for you to choose certain app’s notification to send quietly without showing up on the lock screen and playing sound and to choose to turn off the notifications of some apps.

5. New Do Not Disturb

Should I Update to iOS 12 - New Do Not Disturb

Should I Update to iOS 12 – New Do Not Disturb

The Do Not Disturb in iOS 12 has added some new features. The new Bedtime mode will mute the notification and only show the time of it. Moreover, you have more options in the Do Not Disturb that is sited in the Control Center. You can select the duration time, or set the location or event to trigger Do Not Disturb.

6. Animoji and Memoji in Messages

In iOS 12, with the TrueDepth camera system in iPhone X, there are more Animojis as Ghost, Koala, Tiger, and T-Rex that can have more facial expressions like winking or sticking out the tongue. The Animoji in the new OS can be recorded longer that lasts up to 30 seconds rather than 10 seconds in the iOS 11.

With the better face tracking and detection, it also releases a new one – Memoji, integrated into the Messages app, which is the emoji of yourself. You are able to create your own Animoji with different eye color, hairstyle, accessories, and others to choose.

7. Group FaceTime

The group FaceTime is the feature that we do have been waiting for a long time. In iOS 12, it enables you to have a FaceTime with other 31 persons at most in video or audio simultaneously. you can directly create a FaceTime from your iMessage group chats, and the Memoji, Animoji and other camera stickers integrated into the Messages app can be easily applied in your FaceTime chatting.

8. Upgraded ARKit 2

If you are a big fan of augmented reality, iOS 12 won’t disappoint you with some new features like improved face tracking, 3D object detection, persistent experiences, and realistic rendering. From iOS 11 to iOS 12, the updated ARKit2 has some enhanced capabilities for you.

3D object detection enables developers to detect fully 3D objects more than the flat rectangle objects in the former ARKit. Shared experiences can let multiple users use their iOS device to view the virtual environment from each person’s own view. This is applied to the multiplayer game, which can let people have combined virtual and real play space at the same time.

2. Compatible Device

iOS 12 is compatible with the same iOS devices that can run iOS 11:

iPhone: iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s;

iPad: iPad Pro (12.9), iPad Pro (2018), iPad Pro (2017), iPad 6, iPad 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2;

iPod: iPod touch 6

3. Conclusion

Apparently, the update does have some defaults like your FaceTime call may get a poor connection, some functions may not go well all the time, your voice memos may not successfully sync across devices. Even though, we can see that these new features give us great options to have a more convenient life.

In this case, we do recommend you to update iPhone/iPad to iOS 12. But as you know, only iOS 12 beta is available now, which is unstable and unfinished. You can wait for the official version two month later or update to iOS 12 beta in the device you do not frequently use.

Alexis Hay

Member of iMobie team, a great lover of iDevices. Always enjoy helping to solve all kinds of iOS and Android problems.

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