Apple’s latest product offerings, the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and iPhone Xr come with the tech companies latest software update, iOS pre-installed. But the latest software update has now also been released for all compatible Apple devices, and this is what you can expect.

Compatible devices

iOS 12 is compatible with many of Apple’s previous releases, but if you’re not sure if your Apple device is compatible with the latest software update, have a gander here:

Compatible iPhones:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • 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

Compatible iPads:

  • 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

The iPod touch 6th generation is also compatible with iOS 12.

Updates worth knowing about

iOS 12 comes with a great many updates, but most notably, this update promises to make even your older device up to 70% faster.

The addition of a feature called Screen Time now allows you to track your usage according to the time spent on certain apps. It ranks apps based on their usage and even tells you how often you pick your phone up. Set time limits if you find yourself on your phone too often, or use the feature to limit the time your children spend on their devices.

A new app that users will find especially useful is the Measure app, which uses your phones augmented reality abilities to let you measure objects using your phone’s camera. This ability is not restricted to newer devices, and after trying it out herself, the writer of this article can confirm that it works very well.

Siri can now translate up to 40 languages, and the latest software update also kits Siri out with facts about food and celebrity facts, so your conversations with your virtual assistant can be more comprehensive than ever before.

Voice Memos have been sleekly redesigned, and have also come to the iPad and Mac OS, meaning you’ll no longer need to AirDrop them between devices after recording. Users can also opt to save them to iCloud.

Apple has introduced grouped notifications, which group notifications together according to their type. This means that your lock screen will no longer be filled with a never-ending list of notifications, but you’ll still be able to see important notifications from different sources.

On the lighter side, Animoji has seen the addition of new masks and tongue detection – because who wouldn’t want to create an animoji of yourself sticking your tongue out? A new feature available to iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max and Xr users is Memoji, which allows users to create customisable masks that look like you.

An update to the camera app now lets it automatically read QR codes – another practical addition that Apple users will be very happy about.

To see a complete list of updates featured in iOS 12, visit the Apple website.

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