The rumors about the possible iOS 12 features have been pouring in pretty fast. And we thought it's time to catch the winds to keep a tab on everything that is geared up for the upcoming iOS version!
From what I have gathered so far, Apple is likely to focus on enhancing performance, killing the never-stopping bugs and further boosting security in the backdrop of some harsh criticism. Not to speak of the “battery gate” that has threatened to hurt its reputation. Enough talk, let's have a bird's eye view on what's making the headlines for iOS 12!
iOS 12 Features: Rumor Roundup
Bug Fixes and Performance Improvement
Of late, Apple has been heavily criticized for the not so great performance of iOS 11. Several issues have taken away the sheen from the latest iOS version. No wonder, its adoption rate is found to be very slow.
To prevent bugs from ruining user-experience, the tech giant is said to focus on boosting performance. Hence, some of the flagship features have been delayed and might not arrive this year.
On a personal front, I enjoy using all new features but hate to be embroiled in too many bugs that seem to crop up out of nowhere. It would be great if the iPhone maker were able to make a fine balance and embrace the change more gracefully.
iOS App Store is making headlines and topping charts everywhere. But its counterpart for macOS is still struggling to find its feet and attract users. Despite being so rich, it has failed to take off.
Rumor has it that the company is planning to introduce “Universal Apps.” The arrival of the single set of apps that work seamlessly across iPhones, iPads, and Macs might just give the Mac App Store the much-needed shot in the arms that could propel its rise.
“Starting as early as next year, software developers will be able to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it's running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware, according to people familiar with the matter.” – Bloomberg
Improved Augmented Reality
The adoption of Apple's ARKit augmented reality framework hasn’t yet picked up the desired pace. And it's widely believed that the company is planning to give it a huge boost in the upcoming iOS version.
“In ARKit's launch month of September, developers released approximately 300 ARKit-related apps, while October saw an additional 200 or so enter the App Store, according to third-party data provider Apptopia. However, in November the number of ARKit-based apps fell to about 156, before recovering somewhat to around 160 in December. Overall, ARKit is said to have been used in about 825 of the over 3 million apps in the App Store since its debut.” – MacRumors
Robust Parental Controls
Recently, in an open letter to Apple, New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System expressed their deep concern about the effects of mobile devices and social media on youngsters and urged the tech giant to provide more restricted parental controls. And the company assured them that more robust controls would come in the future.
“There is a developing consensus around the world including Silicon Valley that the potential long-term consequences of new technologies need to be factored in at the outset, and no company can outsource that responsibility to an app designer, or more accurately to hundreds of app designers.”
“We think deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them. We take this responsibility very seriously, and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids.” – The Wall Street Journal
Multi-user calls for FaceTime
Multi-user video call is a big hit today. And that's one of the main reasons why I like using Skype on my iOS device.
Several reports have suggested that group call is finally going to see the light of the day in FaceTime. As per reports, the company is also considering adding filters similar to Snapchat. Another feature that's rumored to embrace the app is the ability to screen share.
There were times when FaceTime was always my go-to option whenever I wished to do video chat with friends. But now the app no longer appeals me that much. Hopefully, the tech giant offers it the due attention and brings backs its lost charm.
Finger-detecting dynamic keyboard
A patent covering dynamic keyboard positioning on touchscreens has been granted to Apple. It's aimed at helping users improve typing by reducing the need for the user to look at the onscreen keyboard while typing.
According to United States Patent 9,489,086 titled Finger hover detection for improved typing, ” Typing on touchscreens is improved by dynamically and automatically positioning the desired home-row keys of an onscreen keyboard below the user's fingers while their fingers are hovering above the surface, thus reducing the need for the user to look at the onscreen keyboard while typing”.
Contact Availability Status
Apple recently filed a patent that shows the contact availability status. For instance, it will show where your friends are and status of their iPhone. Hence, you will be able to quickly find out if your contacts are available for a conversation.
“A command is received at an operating system of a first mobile phone for displaying the contact information of a remote user having a mobile phone number of a second mobile phone. In response to the command, a request is transmitted to a remote server from the first mobile phone over a cellular network requesting an operating status of the second mobile phone.” – United States Patent
Other Possible Features Which Are Doing the Rounds
Some rumors had been doing the rounds that iOS 12 would come with the refresh of the Home screen topped by redesigned app grid.
A revamped CarPlay interface, and major improvements to stock apps like Mail, and updates to picture-taking, photo editing, and photo sharing were also said to be pretty much on the cards.
According to Bloomberg, Apple was planning to bring some neat improvements to its social features. For instance, two friends will be able to view all text messages, emails and social network interactions between each other in a single window.
But the company has reportedly delayed them to fight out several issues like the battery gate in a more mature way.
“Apple has been criticized of late, both for security issues and for a number of quality issues, as well as for how it handles battery issues on older devices. It has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues.” – Axios
Which iPhones & iPads will Support iOS 12?
We believe iPad Air 2 and later, the iPad mini 3, and later, the iPhone 6 and later and the sixth-gen iPod touch will be able to run iOS 12.
iOS 12 Release Date
If the history repeats itself, the next version of iOS will be announced at the WWDC 2018 in June. And the operating system will be launched in September.
Stay Tuned for More!
As more reports and rumors pour in, we will keep on updating this post. So, remain tuned with us to keep track of everything that's lined up for iOS 12.
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