Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is one of the biggest tech events in the world. Every year, Apple has a tradition of announcing new software updates for its iOS, macOS, and watchOS. However, WWDC is not just about software updates, as we saw the unveiling of new hardware products at the event.
Last year, the Cupertino company unveiled its first HomePod, a smart speaker that allows you to control your HomeKit-enabled devices. The HomePod marks Apple’s first steps into the smart speaker market where Amazon Echo and Google Home dominate.
At this year’s WWDC event, Apple debuted iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5. iOS 12 took the center stage at this year’s event, thanks to its exciting features and changes. However, there are a number of features that did not get any stage time. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the best iOS 12 features that we did not see at this year’s WWDC event.
For some background, Apple has begun rolling out the beta versions of iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5 to developers for testing purposes. The launch of beta versions aims to collect feedback from users and tech experts worldwide ahead of the final fall release.
Animoji is one of the highlights of iPhone X, allowing users to create their custom animated characters. Basically, the feature takes advantage of your iPhone X’s True Depth camera to mirror your facial expressions. With iOS 12, Apple added new Animoji options, including a ghost, a koala, a t-rex, and a tiger.
The coolest part is that iOS 12 also introduces a new Memoji feature that lets users build their customized avatars. Besides, there is a new feature called Tongue Detection, which automatically detects and animates your tongue as you use Animoji.
However, Animoji has its own issues. One such issue lies in its short 10-second limit. Thankfully, Apple has tripled the recording time to 30 seconds in iOS 12, giving users more time to spice up their messages.
New alerts for notifications
Apple has poured a lot of love into its Notification Center in recent years. Back in iOS 11, Apple revamped the Notification Center, making it more intuitive for users. In iOS 12, Apple is finally adding the ability to group notifications, giving users a better way to manage their notifications.
In iOS 12, iPhone and iPad owners can enable an alert for critical notifications, so they won’t miss any alerts for important apps. The best part is that alerts will show up even if Do Not Disturb is now turned on.
Better support for RAW images
Apple iPhone serves as a perfect tool for shooting RAW. A RAW image collects all data when you take a phone. Apple has been improving its camera setup in an attempt to improve picture quality.
Back in iOS 10, Apple officially allowed users to import their RAW photos via Lighting to SD card reader. In iOS 12, iPhone and iPad owners now can manage their RAW photos and edit them, without the need for a third-party app to be installed on their devices.
Siri password search
Apple Siri was first introduced alongside iPhone 4s back in 2011. Apple’s virtual helper quickly gained its popularity among users worldwide. Siri has become the standard feature on every Apple device.
Apple Siri is now much smarter than before thanks to Apple’s endless efforts to improve it. In iOS 12, Apple’s virtual helper gets a handy feature called password search that searches your iOS device for passwords, which eliminates the need to write them down.
iOS 12 also introduces Siri Shortcuts, a new feature that allows third-party developers to integrate their apps and services with Siri. This is a great addition to Siri, as it allows users to do a lot more things with Apple’s personal assistant.
Gestures for iPad
Last year, Apple introduced iPhone X with a lot of change. One such change lies in the removal of physical buttons. Apple’s move aims to create more screen space. With iPhone X, Apple introduces a lot of gestures that allow for a better navigation.
In iOS 12, Apple brings some of iPhone X’s gestures to the iPad. You now can go back to the home screen by simply swiping up anywhere on the Dock. To access Control Center, you simply swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.
These are five exciting iOS 12 features Apple did not talk about at this year’s WWDC event. iOS 12 is now available as a developer beta, allowing users to get a preview of what’s coming in the final build.
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