Jun 8, 2018
Apple announced many new
features during their WWDC18 keynote from this past week. We
discuss those and more of what you may want to consider when it’s
time to apply the upgrades to iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The upgrades
will be released sometime in the coming months, but we want you to
be prepared. Tune in for a great discount on a ticket to Macstock
2018! Full show notes are at InTouchwithiOS.com
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Free Trials for All Paid Apps Now
Possible Thanks to Updated App Store Guidelines
Apple's watchOS 5 Adds Automatic
Workout Detection, Walkie-Talkie, and More — MacRumors
Apple Reveals tvOS 12 With Dolby Atmos Support for Apple TV 4K,
Aerial Screensaver Updates, and More — MacRumors
Apple's Podcasts app is coming to
The iOS 11.4 update adds
Messages to the list of iCloud services that back up and store your
device data so it synchronizes with your other devices whether they
be additions or replacements. We recommend backing up and/or
archiving your Messages texts using a tool like iMazing first till you’re comfortable with having your
text messages stored in the cloud.
WWDC Review for iOS 12
iOS 12 Preview — Apple
unveils iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad — 9to5Mac
- Performance - Apple said that iOS 12 doubles
down on performance. CPU performance now ramps up ‘instantly’ when
needed, apps launch 40% faster, keyboard appears 50% sooner and
slide to take photo is 70% quicker.
shortcuts & lock-screen suggestions - Apple has long struggled
with how to make Siri smarter without storing lots of personal
data. Its new approach is to allow us to create our own Siri
shortcuts, to access other apps, and to have Siri make proactive
suggestions on the lockscreen, for example when it detects that you
have started a workout.
- Measure app and AR experiences - Almost as soon
as ARKit was available, there were a bunch of third-party augmented
reality tape measurement apps. Apple has now created its own, able
to quickly and easily provide 3D measurements of objects seen by
- Improvements to stock apps - Apple announced
improvements to Apple Books, Apple News, Stocks and Voice Memos.
Stocks and Voice Memos are also coming to iPad for the first time.
The biggest overhaul is to the Books app (renamed from
- Third-party maps now available in CarPlay - If
you prefer Google Maps or Waze to Apple Maps, you can now use those
ways to tackle smartphone addiction - There’s been much talk of
smartphone addiction over the past year or so, and Apple has
responded with three ways to reduce the temptation to pick up your
phone too frequently.
Do Not Disturb at Bedtime feature winds down notifications at
Grouped notifications pull together all notifications from each app
(for example, all Messages appear together).
Screen Time allows adults to monitor their phone usage, and parents
to set limits for kids.
- Memoji personalized avatars - In addition to
several new Animoji characters, Apple now allows you to create your
own. Known as Memoji, the idea is that you can use a range of
facial features – from hairstyle to glasses – to create an Animoji
that looks something like you.
- iPhone X gestures on iPad - Almost certainly in
preparation for a new iPad with reduced bezels and an iPhone X
style notch, iOS 12 now allows you to use iPhone X style gestures:
swipe-up to return to the home screen, and swipe-down from
top-right to open control center.
ID now recognizes two faces - While most iPhone X users say they
would never want to switch back from Face ID to Touch ID, one
complaint is that you can’t register more that one face. That will
be even more important when the iPad adopts the technology, so Face
ID can now recognize two faces.
- Auto-fill of two-factor authentication texts -
It’s currently a pain when you get a login code texted and have to
exit the app, read the text, memorize or copy the code and then
return to the app to type or paste it. iOS 12 spots when a text
code has arrived and offers it as an autofill option with no need
to exit the app.
- Automatic iOS updates - It’s not yet 100% clear
how this would work, but a toggle in Settings suggests that you’ll
be able to configure your iPhone and iPad to automatically install
- Closing iOS apps now easier on the iPhone X -
iPhone X users can now quit apps in the same way as on earlier
models. Once you’re in the app card view, you can simply swipe up
on each app to close it, without the long-press required by iOS 11
on the iPhone X.