iOS 12, the latest operating software update for Apple’s iPhones and iPads is now out. The focus of this update aims to improve the performance of compatible devices, especially on older ones, as well as provide insights to users on their smartphone habits. Owners can begin downloading iOS 12 by navigating through Settings > General > Software Update.
A big feature coming with this update is Screen Time. As smartphone addiction grows, this feature will help provide useful statistics on how you use your phone. This includes data on how much time you spend on each app, how often you check your phone, and how many notifications you get. Screen Time will also provide a weekly report with insights about your smartphone usage. You can access Screen Time through Settings > Screen Time.
An App Limits feature allows you to set time limits for apps you want to manage. Once an app has been used past the allotted time, the phone will block access to that software. This isn’t a harsh ban, however, since the phone will then present options whether to extend use for 15 minutes or override the blocked access. You can also use this on children’s devices and set up parental controls with a four-digit passcode. The timer also reset based on midnight in your local time. To test out App Limits, go to Settings > Screen Time > App Limits.
Next, Downtime allows you to set so that certain apps are unusable at certain times of day. It starts off with preventing access to all apps, so you’ll have to whitelist important apps such as Phone or Messages. The choice is ultimately up to you, though. You can access Downtime through Settings > Screen Time > Downtime.
Besides that, owners of the iPhone X can enjoy some fun new Animoji and custom Memoji features. These allow you to play around with a custom avatar that will move accordingly with your face via the phone’s camera, and then send it as a message. Group FaceTime chats between up to 32 people was announced for iOS 12, but has since been delayed.
If you’re eager to get started with iOS 12, here are some of the compatible devices:
- 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″, 10.5″, and both generations of 12.9″)
- iPad (2018)
- iPad (fifth-gen)
- iPad Air and iPad Air 2
- iPad mini 2, 3, and 4
- iPod Touch (sixth-gen)