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Cool Features Coming To iOS 12

Apple shared all the new features coming to iPhones and iPads with iOS 12, expected to be released this fall. There are a couple really great changes coming with the update like improvements in speed and new tools.

We can expect major changes in the speed of our devices. Apple said it has improved performance all over iOS, so everything should be at least a little quicker day to day, even on older devices. As an iPhone 6 owner, this was music to my ears.

Notifications will also be able to be grouped together, which will be very useful and clean up the look of the lock screen. 

Apple is introducing Screen Time, which generates weekly Activity Reports showing app usage and how often you use and even pick up your phone. You can set App Limits, which are essentially timers for app usage. 

The new Do Not Disturb During Bedtime is designed to clear out your notification clutter hiding them until prompted in the morning. I have my phone set to automatically go on Do Not Disturb at night, so I personally love this one!

iOS 12 is adding new Animojis to the list, including a ghost, koala, tiger and T-rex. Memoji, a custom emoji, which you can make look like yourself, will also be available. All the animoji can now also recognize when your tongue is sticking out so soon, we will all look crazy with our tongues sticking out to our phones.

Apple is also making changes to improve the privacy and security of our data. Safari will now stop Facebook’s Like and Share buttons, other social widgets and advertisers from tracking you without permission. 

Changes will be coming to Photos and Apple said it has improved search within photos with suggestions to help you find specific photos.

You will also be able to FaceTime up to 32 people at once with the introduction of group Facetime. I wouldn't want to FaceTime that many people at once. Maybe like 3, but if you have 32 people to Facetime with together, that's cool.

One of the coolest, new features is custom commands called Siri Shortcuts. This will allow you to say a phrase and perform a certain function such as launching an app.

More of the features to expect with iOS 12 can be found here.

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