5 Awesome features introduced in ios 12

by Levin Varghese

on June 12, 2018

The newly launched iOS 12 is all about allowing people to better understand and control the time they spend with apps and websites, and how often people pick up their phones during the day, and how they receive notifications.

You may have heard a lot about the latest updates and unparalleled features of iOS 12, but here we’ve put together a quick roundup of them, which you can use to ramp up your iPhone apps according to the latest Apple’s iOS 12 features.

1. Screen Time

iOS 12 is all about to empower its users. The feature “Screen Time” provides users with insight into how they are spending time with the mobile apps. However, this feature brings detailed Activity Report on a daily and weekly basis to users. The Activity Report shows:

  • The total time a person spends on each mobile app they use, and their usage across categories of mobile apps?
  • How many notifications does user receive on daily basis?
  • How often user picks up his/her iPhone or iPad?

The feature allows users to set a specific amount of time to be in an app, and a notification will display when a time limit is about to expire.

  • Screen Time feature allows parents to access their child’s Activity report right from their own iOS devices in order to stalk on where their child spends his time. Parents can also manage and set up app limits for their kids.
  • Screen Time gives parents the ability to schedule a block of time to limit when the device cannot be used like children’s bedtime.
  • Parents can also choose specific apps like Phone or Books, which will always be available, even during the downtime of after a limit is spent. During downtime, notifications from apps would not be displayed. And, a badge will appear on mobile apps in order to indicate they are not allowed to be used during that period of time.

2. Do Not Disturb

One of the most awaited features, which is named as ‘Do not disturb’ is a powerful time management tool, helping users to stay in the moment during times like studying during class, meeting or dinner.

Also, this feature blocks out the majority of messages, which are not too important for the user. This feature does not mean that user could miss out something important. We mean here something important like health update or a text from a loved one. In addition, the user can also designate certain notifications as critical alerts, which will come through even with DND turned on.

3.Autofill

There are more chances that users have two-factor notification turned on for at least services like social platforms, for instance, Twitter. If the user does not use an authenticator app, then he/she should select the text messages. But, with iOS 12, it will automatically recognize those codes in text messages, and autofill them into the app, which requested them and getting the user to sign in faster.

4.Siri Shortcuts

Siri Shortcuts is Apple’s answer to a more robust personal assistant across their product line. A near visual clone to its predecessor Workflow, the new Shortcuts app brings deeper automation to iOS devices. Developers will be able to create “donations“, specific actions within their apps, that can then be controlled by Siri. By chaining these donations together, users will be able to personalize Siri requests to fit their personal use cases.

During the WWDC 2018 keynote, Apple demoed just how much Shortcuts is able to accomplish. Kim Beverett from the Siri Shortcuts team created a custom shortcut that allowed her to: send someone a message on her ETA, navigate to her home, set her HomeKit thermostat to 70 degrees, turn on her fan, and then play her favorite NPR station.

5.Grouped notifications

Apple is upgrading your iPhone’s notifications with iOS 12. Conversation threads and notification topics will now be grouped together, cleaning up your notification center.

For example, when you’re chatting with someone in Messages or any other chat app, you won’t see a long list of individual messages from that person in your notification center. You’ll now just see a single group of notifications from that person. You can always expand the group to see more notifications, of course.

This isn’t just for conversation threads. Notifications with the same topic can now be grouped together. For many apps, you’ll see just a single group that contains all that app’s notifications. For example, when you’re using Twitter, you won’t see a huge list of retweets, likes, and other social media actions. You’ll just see a single Twitter notification group that won’t completely flood your notifications.

 

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