New features coming with iOS 12.

New features
coming with iOS 12.

iOS 12 is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive and more delightful.

Coming this spring


Faster and more responsive

The things you do every day are faster than ever — across more devices. iOS has been overhauled for improved performance on devices as far back as iPhone 5s and iPad Air.

Smoother animations

Animations are smoother across the system. So when you do things like bring up Control Centre, swipe while multitasking or scroll in apps, it’s more fluid and responsive.

Up to 40 per cent faster app launch*

Apps launch faster in day-to-day use. And when you’re pushing your iOS device to the limit, multitasking between lots of apps, they launch up to twice as fast.*

Up to 50 per cent faster keyboard display*

The keyboard appears faster and typing is more responsive.

Up to 70 per cent faster swipe to Camera*

Swiping to Camera from the Lock screen happens faster so you never miss a moment.

Up to two times faster Share sheet display under load*

The Share sheet appears faster than ever, especially if you have a lot of sharing extensions installed.


Group FaceTime

Make FaceTime calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously.

FaceTime audio and video

Answer incoming Group FaceTime calls with video or audio on iPhone, iPad and Mac, or join with audio on Apple Watch.

Join at any time

Join or add people to Group FaceTime at any time.

Focus View in Group FaceTime

During Group FaceTime, the speaker will automatically be front and centre. Or with Focus View, you can double-tap the person you’d like to see.

Ringless notification

Group FaceTime uses a silent notification that participants can tap to join.

Messages integration

Start Group FaceTime straight from a group Messages conversation. See and join active calls from the conversation list or in the conversation itself.


Use FaceTime with your friends and family as your favourite Animoji or Memoji.


Transform your look using built-in filters, like classic black and white, comic book and watercolour.

Text effects

Add text effects like speech bubbles and emoji to your photos or videos.


Liven up your photos and videos with shapes like stars, hearts and arrows.

iMessage sticker packs

Download sticker packs from the App Store for iMessage to enhance your photos and videos. Stickers track the movement of your face and move with you.

Private end-to-end encryption

FaceTime is encrypted end to end for both one-to-one and group calls, so your conversations remain private and viewable only by the participants.



Create an all-new kind of Animoji that fits your personality and mood.

Memoji Maker

A new tool for you to select and adjust nearly endless customisation options to make your Memoji.

New Animoji

Try four new Animoji: T. rex, ghost, koala and tiger.

Tongue and wink detection

Improved face tracking now recognises when you stick out your tongue or wink.

Longer Animoji

Now you can record clips of up to 30 seconds.

Camera effects

Use the camera in Messages to capture photos and enhance them in new ways using built-in effects and third-party sticker packs.


Transform your look using built-in filters, like classic black and white, comic book and watercolour.

Text effects

Add text effects like speech bubbles and emoji to your photos or videos.


Liven up your photos and videos with shapes like stars, hearts and arrows.

iMessage sticker packs

Download sticker packs from the App Store for iMessage to enhance your photos and videos inside Messages. Stickers track the movement of your face and move with you.

Photos iMessage app

Get photo suggestions based on who you’re messaging with, what you’re talking about and where you’ve taken photos together.

Redesigned App Strip

The redesigned App Strip has a new look that takes up less space when you type. So you can see more of your content and always get to your favourite iMessage apps.

Screen Time

Screen Time

New tools empower you to understand and make choices about how much time you spend using apps and websites.

Activity reports

Get reports weekly or check Today view at any time to see app usage, notifications and device pick-ups.

For kids

Use your family’s Apple IDs to set up Screen Time for your kids to keep an eye on how much time they spend on apps and websites. They can request more time for you to approve.

App limits

Set the amount of time you and your kids can spend each day on specific apps and websites.


Set a specific time, like bedtime, when apps and notifications are blocked. You can choose which apps are on and off limits.

Always allowed

Create exceptions for apps you’d like your kids to have access to even during Downtime, such as Messages or education apps.


Grouped notifications

Message threads and notification topics are grouped together, so it’s easier to see what’s important with just a glance at your iPhone or iPad.

Instant Tuning

Control your notification settings the moment you receive an alert, without having to leave what you’re doing.

Deliver quietly

Within Instant Tuning, you can choose to have notifications delivered silently to Notification Centre by default so you’re not interrupted by alerts.

Siri notification suggestions

Get suggestions based on how you interact with your notifications, such as which app notifications to display prominently and which ones to send to Notification Centre.

Critical alerts

A new type of opt-in alert for important information, like reports from a healthcare provider, which you’ll receive even during Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb During Bedtime

Dim your display and silence overnight notifications until you unlock your iPhone in the morning.

New Do Not Disturb options

Set Do Not Disturb to end automatically in an hour, at the end of the day, when you leave a certain location, or at the end of a meeting on your calendar.

Augmented Reality

Persistent and multi-user experiences

AR experiences can now be shared across time and fixed to real-world locations, so you can create a piece of AR art that can be viewed later in the same place by someone else.

3D object recognition

ARKit 2 recognises objects and how your device is oriented in relation to them, and can use that information to trigger AR experiences.

Face tracking

Face tracking now sees where you’re looking and can detect whether you’re sticking out your tongue or winking.

Scene reflection

AR is even more lifelike, enabling virtual objects to reflect the real-world scene in your camera.

USDZ file format

A new format that helps 3D creators to create rich content and animations optimised for mobile devices.

AR Quick Look

View AR experiences in the apps you use every day, including Files, Mail, Messages and Safari.

Measure app

Automatically measure flat rectangular surfaces and draw lines across flat surfaces to measure distances with your iPhone or iPad camera.


For You tab

A single destination for your Memories, shared album activity and the best moments in your library. New Featured Photos and Effect Suggestions intelligently show you your best photos and propose effects to make them even better.

Sharing suggestions

Photos understands when you’ve done something meaningful, like going on a trip or attending an event, and will suggest sharing the photos with the people who are in them. And if you receive photos from someone else, your device will look for photos in your library from the same event and suggest ones to share in return.

Intelligent search suggestions

Smart suggestions help you find photos even before you finish typing by suggesting events, people, places and related dates.

Places search

Search for photos based on the places or businesses where you were when you took them, whether it’s a general category, like ‘Japanese restaurant’, or a specific place, like ‘Jacques Torres Chocolate’.

Event search

Search for photos from events you’ve attended, like the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Multiple keyword search

Now you can combine keywords in searches, like ‘surfing’ and ‘holiday’, for even better results.

Improved import

It’s easier than ever to import photos and videos from your professional camera on the go.

RAW photo support

Import and manage RAW photos on your iPhone and iPad, and edit them on your iPad Pro.

Redesigned Albums tab

Find existing and shared albums more quickly and efficiently.


Improved Portrait Lighting

Portrait mode photos are better than ever. Camera now generates a mask when it detects a person and intelligently and elegantly separates the person from the scene.

Portrait Segmentation API

A new API allows third-party developers to separate layers in a photo, such as separating the background from the foreground.

Improved QR code reader

Camera now highlights QR codes in the frame, making them easier to scan.


Siri suggestions

A quicker way to do the things you do most often. As Siri learns your routines, you’ll get suggested shortcuts for just what you need, at just the right time, on the Lock screen or in Search.

Add to Siri

Add shortcuts to Siri to run them with your voice on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.

New Shortcuts app

Create or customise your own shortcuts to run multiple steps at once. Get started with examples from the gallery and personalise them with steps from across your apps.

Shortcuts API

App developers can work with Siri to run shortcuts via a new SiriKit API.


Get live standings, schedules, rosters and stats for NASCAR and other racing series.


Translate phrases into many more languages, with support for over 40 language pairs.

Celebrity facts

Check facts about celebrities, such as “Where was Amy Adams born?”

Food knowledge

Ask Siri questions about food and get answers from the United States Department of Agriculture database, including calories, vitamins and how healthy a food is overall. For example, ask “How much caffeine is in coffee?” or “How healthy is fish?”

Photos Memories search

Use Siri to quickly pull up photos and memories based on people, places, events, time, and keywords of objects and scenes in the photos.


Siri can help you search for any password.

Privacy and Security

Enhanced tracking prevention

Improvements prevent Share buttons and comment widgets on web pages from tracking you in Safari without your permission. Safari also prevents advertisers from collecting your device’s unique settings, so they can’t retarget ads to you across the web.

Automatic strong passwords

Automatically create, autofill and store strong passwords in Safari and iOS apps. Passwords are stored in iCloud Keychain and are available on all your Apple devices. And if you ever need to access your passwords, just ask Siri.

Password reuse auditing

Any password that is reused will be flagged in the passwords list, so you can quickly navigate to the app or website and replace it with an automatically generated strong password.

Security code AutoFill

SMS one-time passcodes will appear automatically as AutoFill suggestions, so you never have to worry about quickly memorising them or typing them again.

Password sharing

Easily share passwords with nearby iOS devices, or from an iOS device to a Mac or Apple TV.

Password Manager API

Access passwords stored in third-party password managers directly from the QuickType bar in apps and in Safari (requires third-party adoption).

App Updates

Apple Books

The Apple Books app has been completely redesigned to make it easier for you to discover, read and listen to your favourite books. Access your current book or start a new one in the Reading Now tab, visit the new bookstore to browse and buy, and organise your library with more flexible collections.


The redesigned Stocks app keeps you more informed about the market. View prices at a glance in the customisable watch list. Tap any ticker to see key details and an interactive chart. And for the first time ever, Stocks is available on iPad as well as iPhone.

Voice Memos

Voice Memos has been redesigned and is available on iPad. It’s even easier to capture your personal reminders, edit uni lectures or share family moments. And with iCloud, you can record on your iPhone or iPad and harness the power of your Mac to do even more.

Even More

CarPlay navigation

CarPlay now supports third-party navigation apps, giving drivers even more choices for a familiar experience on the dashboard while they drive.

More battery information

The battery usage chart in Settings now shows your usage for the last 24 hours or 10 days. Tap a bar to see your app use for that period of time.

iPad gestures

iOS 12 for iPad includes updated gestures that make it easier to navigate. You can now go to the Home screen by quickly swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Get to Control Centre more conveniently with a swipe from the top-right corner.

New dictionaries

Enjoy three new language dictionaries: an Arabic–English bilingual dictionary, a Hindi–English bilingual dictionary and a Hebrew dictionary.

English Thesaurus

Get synonyms and related concepts for words with English Thesaurus.


  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s


  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro(2nd generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro(1st generation)
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2


  • iPod touch (6th generation)

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