Apple releases iOS 12 and watchOS 5 updates

Apple releases iOS 12 and watchOS 5 updates

Apple's latest iOS 12 is finally available and it's rolling out now to supported iOS devices worldwide including Malaysia. Apple says the camera app launches up to 70% faster while the keyboard appears on the screen up to 50% faster.

The list of eligible iPhones includes iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s.

Once it's put in place you'll notice a smoother experience with iOS all around, with better time frame with apps opening and smoother scrolling, with far less crashes.

The new features aren't game-changing, but they're still extremely welcome, particularly the capability to make and receive phone calls directly (see "HomePod First Impressions: Let the (Apple) Music Play", 12 February 2018, and "Beyond Music: Comparing the HomePod to Amazon Echo and Google Home", 15 March 2018).

ARKit 2.0 also offers new features such as shared experiences that let two people see the same AR environment on separate devices, and persistence, which allows AR experiences to be saved across multiple sessions.

Unsurprisingly, iOS 12 is the most feature-packed of the group. Older iPhone users, can check out our guide for instructions here: How To Hard Reboot / Restart Your iPhone, iPad Or iPod touch.

After months of frustrating and occasionally perilous beta testing, iOS 12 is finally available to the masses.

So you can expect iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 to start going live at 6pm BST, 10 AM PT or 1PM ET today.

Apple News is redesigned to make it easier to discover new channels and topics or jump straight to favorites, with a new sidebar on iPad and the Channels tab on iPhone. AR files can now be viewed almost anywhere in iOS, including apps like Messages, Safari, Mail, Files and News. They also all support Dynamic Type for the first time, and as has become custom for recent updates, a variety of new shapes have been added too.

As promised during last week's presentation, Apple has released the iOS 12 update into the wild, and now you can download it to your device and take advantage of its new features.

But one problem Apple users face year and year out is the ability to quickly download new iOS software.

If you haven't received the notification yet, you can check under Settings General Software Update.

With Walkie Talkie, you just choose who you want to be able to communicate with and hold down the "Talk" button to transmit your voice to a given contact. Did you miss a phone call?

You'll also want to be on the lookout for bugs and keep an eye on your device's performance in key areas like battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Siri will suggest that you turn off notifications for apps you don't use very often.

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