From Apple's perspective, the move can help revive a moribund Mac App Store by injecting some of the life from the bustling iPhone App Store, with 20 million registered developers and billions of dollars flowing through it each year. This can admittedly can confusing but according to Apple, the tile of the person speaking at the moment will be larger automatically, so users can keep track of who's talking.
App Limits: You can now limit your app usage, but you can ignore the limit if you want to.
This file format will also work throughout iOS 12 in apps such as Safari, Mail, Messages, and the Files app. But many questions are still unanswered.
■ Apple is also planning an update to ARKit, its platform for developers to build augmented-reality experiences on iPhones and iPads, which it announced a year ago. LEGO got up on stage to give a demo of some of the new ARKit 2 features using virtual LEGO toys in augmented reality, and it looked incredible. Siri can also access your calendar, and if you are late to a meeting, the assistant will suggest texting the meeting organizer to let them know. A new Discover tab has an emphasis on curation, with Apple-produced editorial content shining a light on new and interesting apps.
In fact, pleasure was part of much of the earlier part of the digital revolution.
On a lighter note, Apple demonstrated a new feature that lets consumers create a personalized emoji of themselves.
What's more, as Xcode 10 has been given a new dark grey colour-scheme, it's possible that other Apple applications are going to follow suit.
Other notable apps getting updated with iOS 12 include CarPlay, which is gaining support for third-party navigation apps like Waze and Google Maps; Photos, which is getting search suggestions; Stocks, which is gaining Apple News integration and an iPad version; iBooks, which is becoming Apple Books and is getting a new design; and Voice Memos, which is getting a redesign of its own along with iCloud support.
iOS 12 was rumoured to be an update focused on refinement, and so far, Apple hasn't made any big changes to the interface but has made several small changes to how things work in iOS. "Private data should remain private", Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, said. There is one new feature we definitely need to highlight here though: automatic workout detection.
Apple TV 4K will receive an upgrade to support Dolby Atmos audio.
Apple did not officially announce an iOS 12 release date, but given the software usually launches around the time of new iPhone models in September, you can probably expect it then. Check out all the details in our tvOS post. The previous iteration of Apple's smartphone operating system wasn't received warmly by customers, and the company will be looking to improve on it. With up to 40% faster app launch, up to 50% faster keyboard display, up to 70% faster camera launch, up to 2x faster app launch under load, up to 2x faster share sheet display under load, Apple promises to improve performance of older devices by up to 40% with iOS 12. Microsoft even runs an Insider program for Mac users to test new capabilities before they roll out to everyone else.