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The Ten iOS 12 Features You Need to Know About
19/09/2018

The latest update may not appear the most exciting - but there are a few features that may just make your life a little bit easier!

The obvious changes include the ability for group FaceTime (FINALLY, am I right?), you can monitor your total amount of screen time for the day, and you can create your own Memoji - which is useful, obviously. As well as these new features the overall performance of your device will become a much smoother and faster, with iOS12 introducing up to 40% faster app launch, smoother animations and up to 50% faster keyboard display.

Here are the hidden new features you may not have picked up on that are definitely worth knowing about…

Grouped Notifications
Fed up of hundreds of group chat notifications taking up your lock screen? Well this is a problem no more as grouped notifications save that precious screen space. Now, message threads and notifications topics will be grouped together appearing as one notification so it’s easier to see the stuff that matters.

Deliver Quietly
Still want to receive notifications but don’t want to be distracted by your phone pinging every two minutes? You can now set notifications to deliver quietly. This means that your notifications will come through as normal, but they will be delivered silently to your notification centre instead of appearing in your lock screen and vibrating. A great way to stop those distracting alerts interrupting all that hard work you're pretending to do...

Critical Alerts
Need to put your phone on Do Not Disturb but waiting for some important news? You can now select an opt-in alert for important information like a message from your doctor, family, or work that you will still receive even if Do Not Disturb is turned on.

Do Not Disturb 
I was particularly impressed with this one, got a meeting scheduled that you know you’ll need your phone on Do Not Disturb for? Easy, select the calendar event and set the event to turn on Do Not Disturb. It’ll turn on at the start of the meeting and turn off the end automatically. Alternatively, you can set it to Do Not Disturb for a specific location, when you enter it will turn on and turn off when you leave. Cool, right?

Photo Import
This is one that will be very very useful for some but indifferent to others, but Apple have made it easier than ever to import photos and videos from your professional camera on the go.

Lyric search
Can’t remember the name of the song you’ve had stuck in your head all day? Apple Music has got you covered - you can now search the lyrics of a song and it can find what you’re looking for. No artist, no track name, just that catchy chorus spinning round your head!

Voice Memos
Memos in iOS 12 can now not only trim audio but it can even splice in new audio files. Again, maybe not something you’ll use every day, but on that one occasion you do need it this will make your life a WHOLE lot easier. 

Gestures
This one is exclusively for iPhone X users, finally you can swipe to close! The X now allows you to swipe to close apps in the multitasking view, like all other iPhones can, instead of tapping on the small cross. Again not groundbreaking improvements but it is a massive UX fail correction.

App Limits
Tying in with the screen time monitor, you can now set app limits. This means you can set a maximum amount of time you or your kids can spend each day on a specific app or website. This could be very useful for parents looking to limit their kids screen time, or even if you are just looking to limit the time you spend lost in the social media void!

Siri’s Knowledge
Siri has been hitting the library and now has an abundance of food, celebrity and sport knowledge. So if you’ve got a question about the nutritional value of a spam fritter or you want to know when Kim K’s birthday is, Siri has got your back.

Hopefully these little tips and tricks will make your life a little easier,  but if we’ve missed any hidden gems then please let us know on Twitter!

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