IOS 12 & watchOS 5 Review


If you own an iPhone X you'll be treated to some new Animojis - ghost, koala, tiger, and T. rex - and another animated emoji is joining the party.

GettyThe iPhone XS and XS Max come with iOS 12 preinstalled. You can tap on a group to see the full list, or clear them all at once. If you haven't prepared, it could take longer. 3D obect detection is going to make AR experiences really insane on iOS 12, as developers will be able to leverage objects in the real world and turn them into cool AR experiences. In addition to logging how much time you spent on your iPhone, it will reveal which apps consumed the bulk of that time and which sent the most notifications.

Considering that a new iPhone will set you back about $1,000, you might want to opt instead to download the latest iOS release and get some new life out of your existing phone.

When your device is done pulling iOS 12 from Apple's servers you'll want to initiate the installation process.

Apple is still going all-in on augmented reality, and iOS 12 pushes things forward with more precise face tracking, better 3D object recognition, and AR integrations in apps.

You don't need to follow every single step, but we definitely recommend making sure all of your important data is backed up before you start with iOS 12.

Traditionally, Apple releases major software updates around 10 AM PT.

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All iOS devices will see improved performance thanks to iOS 12. It's notable that Apple is calling the update "iOS 12" and not "HomePod 12" or "homeOS 12".

You can still swipe right or left on a lock screen notification to take further action, but now when you swipe left a new option to manage notifications from the respective app is present.

Apple has now officially revealed that its iOS 12 update is available to download.

A new Apple Books app.

As with iOS 12, I've been running watchOS 5 on my Apple Watch Series 2 (it's not compatible with the original Apple Watch) for a month or two, and I've experienced no problems. Yoga and hiking are new supported workout types.

Perhaps most notably, though, watchOS 5 is bringing the "Walkie Talkie" app, which offers users a streamlined way to communicate with their closest friends and family members. While installing iOS 12 should just be a case of telling Settings to download and install the update, that doesn't always go according to plan as a number of people have noted.

At last week's iPhone launch, Apple gave the stage to Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives. Obviously, the new capabilities will be useful for a fragment of the iPhone's userbase, but it's possible that we'll see more functions added to power reserve in the future.