At this year’s WWDC event, Apple finally unveiled iOS 12, the next version of iOS operating system following months of rumors and reports. On the surface, iOS 12 might not be a huge upgrade over its predecessors, but there are a lot of new things that encourage users to upgrade.
iOS 12 introduces a number of features that we have been expecting to see for years, ranging from iOS apps for Mac to screen time. However, iOS 12 is not just about features, as it also comes with a lot of new settings. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of new settings you need to see in iOS 12.
Before we begin, note that Apple has begun rolling out the first beta of iOS 12 to developers for testing purposes. Users with developer accounts can get the update. However, keep in mind that iOS 12 is still in beta stages, so it may include errors and bugs. We recommend you stay with iOS 11 and wait for a more stable build to release.
Bedtime feature in Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb has been around there for years, and receives a wide welcome from users and tech experts. As the name implies, the feature automatically silences alerts, notifications, and phone calls. This is a great feature that has gained its popularity on the market.
In iOS 12, Apple has improved Do Not Disturb, offering users more control over their notifications while they work or sleep. From now on, you can set up Do Not Disturb mode to be enabled for a specific period of time, so you won’t miss any important messages. You can silence notifications, calls or messages for one hour or turn on Do Not Disturb for a portion of the day.
In iOS 12, Do Not Disturb now works with the built-in Calendar app. Do Not Disturb now automatically syncs with your Calendar app, allowing you to keep up with the latest meetings.
One of the biggest additions to Do Not Disturb lies in Bedtime Mode. As the name suggests, all of your calls and notifications will be muted. This makes sure you won’t get sleepless nights.
Screen Time is one of the biggest additions to iOS 12, offering users a better tool to stay away from smartphone addiction. Apple’s move aims to obtain a better and healthier balance between technologies and life.
Screen Time basically shows you how much time you are spending on your iPhone and iPad and using your favorite apps. Besides, you can see which apps are sending you the most notifications.
In reality, Screen Time is not something new out there, as it has been an essential part of Android P for months. Like Android’s counterpart, iOS Screen Time allows you to set time limits for your apps. You will get a pop-up notification when the time expires. If you are a parent, then you will be able to see how often your kids are using their apps.
Allowed Apps is a new feature under the Screen Time section. As the name implies, the feature allows your favorite apps to keep receiving notifications and alerts even you have enabled Do Not Disturb mode.
To add apps to Allowed Apps in iOS 12, open the Settings app from your home screen, and then select Screen Time. Once you are in, tap “Allowed Apps” and then create your own list of approved apps
New QR code in Control Center
In iOS 11, Apple revamped Control Center, making it more customizable and intuitive. iOS 11 Control Center allows you to add more toggles for quick access. In iOS 12, Apple retains what’s best of iOS 11 Control Center, while adding a new QR toggle.
This is a great addition to iOS 12 Control Center, as it allows iPhone and iPad owners to quickly scan QR codes. To add QR code control to Control Center in iOS 12, open the Settings app from your home screen, then select Control Center, and hit Customize Controls. Once you are in, tap on the Plus button next to the Scan QR code button.
Once you are done, fire up Control Center and tap on the QR code toggle. This will open the Camera app and is ready to scan your QR code.
Add a new look to Face ID
Face ID is one of the highlights of iPhone X, allowing users to unlock their phone with a simple glance. In iOS 12, you can add an alternative look to Face ID. This is a great feature, especially for those who have changed their appearance or want to share their iOS device with family.
To do this, launch the Settings app from your home screen, then select Face ID & Passcode and hit Set Up an Alternative Appearance. Once you are in, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
Also read: 5 tips to make your iPhone even more secure
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