User adoption stats are a point of pride for the innovative Apple team: 81% of iOS devices are running iOS 11. With the iOS12 announcements made June 4th at their Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) it's easy to see why folks get excited about a new iOS update.


WWDC announcements for iOS12 and WatchOS 5

There's no official release date for this software yet, so you have plenty of time to get amped for this update. Go ahead and plan your first massive Group FaceTime party! Think of ways that you can simplify your routines with Siri's help! Here's a quick review of those highlights (and more) Apple fans can look forward to with iOS 12, coming some time this fall.


iOS 12 highlights

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    • Do Not Disturb during Bedtime dims the display and hides all notifications on the lock screen until prompted in the morning
    • Screen Time creates Activity Reports that show the total time a person spends in each app they use, and let you set limits as needed
    • Grouped Notifications make it easier to view and manage multiple notifications at once
  • Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions
    • Siri will offer Suggestions based on your routine
    • Create customized Siri Shortcuts across multiple apps and use a simple voice command to kick off a roster of tasks
  • Augmented Reality
    • ARKit 2 adds shared experience integration so developers can build new ways for users to interact across an AR environment
    • Apple and Pixar collaborated to develop a new open file format, usdz, optimized for sharing in apps and placing 3D objects in the real world using Quick Look for AR
    • Measure three dimensional objects in the real world
    • Animojis add wink and tongue detection, plus you can now create a beautifully designed Memoji -- use the improved Animoji and new Memoji right from iMessage and FaceTime!
  • Group FaceTime makes it’s easy to chat with up to 32 people at the same time (sorry, number 33!)
  • Photos will have search improvements for object and scene recognition, advance categorization, improved indexing, highlights built just For You, and the ability to encourage photo sharing between friends


WatchOS 5

  • Activity Workout additions include Yoga and Hiking, improvements to Running and auto-workout detection
  • New Activity Sharing competitions let you and your friends spur each other into better health
  • Walkie-Talkie mode lets you choose who you want to keep a quick watch to watch connection with over cellular or WiFi
  • With WatchOS 5, third party apps are now on the Siri watch face, and Apple Podcasts are added to watches for your listening pleasure



Update me!

Steady there -- this software hasn't been released just yet! If you want to be ready when the new version launches, it's super simple. Go here to get step-by-step directions on updating. Remember, the iOS12 update will be available on iPhones 5S and newer, and for all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and later. To learn more about iOS12, WatchOS 5 and all of the other announcements at WWDC, visit the Apple Newsroom for details.