iOS 12 will be powering your or for the next year. While the Public Beta is slated to hit sometime this month, we've had the chance to spend time with the .
As we close in on the full release of iOS 12, let's take a look at everything you need to know.
When can I download it?
, if you're a developer. The public beta is scheduled to launch before the end of June, and if you don't mind dealing with prerelease software that can have bugs and issues, go for it.
If you prefer to stick with finalized software, Apple typically releases major OS updates every September.
Smoother and faster
The headlining feature of iOS 12 isn't something we can explain through screenshots. It's something you have to experience on your own. Instead of cramming countless new features into iOS 12 and adding to some of the already perplexing (and frustrating!) bugs we all experience, Apple is using iOS 12 to focus on improving the overall performance of its iOS device lineup across the board.
Apps should open faster, scrolling should be smoother and crashes should be fewer.
Siri Shortcuts are tasks you can create and trigger with a custom command to do things like send a text, play a podcast and get directions to your favorite ice cream shop., but you'll work harder -- at first.
. New tools in iOS 12 show you how often you pick up your phone, how many notifications you receive, and how much time you spend using various apps. Trust us: It's scary to see hard numbers for how long you spend on your phone.
phones so often is the sheer number of alerts we receive. iOS 12 has new tools to cut back on unnecessary alerts.. One of the main reasons we reach for our
. After a couple years of adding a lot to the Messages app, the biggest change this year is a new camera tool. However, FaceTime is gaining group video calls for up to 32 people.
. Memoji is a word you're going to hear a lot about this fall. A Memoji is something iPhone X users can create and use just like last year's Animoji characters.
Apple covered a lot of the new stuff in iOS 12 during the WWDC keynote, but not everything. We that didn't make the keynote.
Naturally, once we had a chance to install the developer beta, we started looking andon our own.