IOS 12 is out now, might actually make your iPhone faster

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Along with new user interface, the iOS 12 update aims to improve overall software performance on the iPhones, especially the older models like iPhone 6S. Apple says the camera app launches up to 70% faster while the keyboard appears on the screen up to 50% faster.

When you are ready to upgrade, first read "Get Ready for iOS 12 by Backing Up, Cleaning Up, and Updating Apps" (10 September 2018). iOS 12 varies in size by device: we've seen it range from 1.35 GB on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro to 2.26 GB on an iPhone 5s. Shortcuts are specific to different presentations, so after you've hit the play button on your "iOS 12 Talk" presentation, you should see a shortcut suggestion in Settings and the Shortcuts app to play that same presentation again. The upgrade offers improved performance, new automation features, and more. If your device supports Animoji, there are four new Animoji - koala, tiger, ghost, and T.rex.

Perhaps the biggest feature of iOS 12 is to create Siri Shortcuts.

IOS 12 is free to download, and it's now available on all eligible devices over-the-air, by entering the "Settings" tab on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. While some of these features have been available through third-party apps like IFTTT and Google Assistant, Apple has now integrated them directly into the iOS. The app won't always get a ideal measurement in every scenario.

Apple hasn't detailed the exact security contents, but we expect the iOS 12 update to carry several important security patches that tackle potential exploits.

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Sadly, if you own an older device, such as the iPhone 5c, you'll have to stick with your current OS. We may be out of the immediate danger zone now, but if you need your phone for a conference call mid-day, you may want to wait until after work to start the process, just to be safe.

Apple held its annual iPhone event last week.

Apple officially moved iOS 12 out of beta on Monday with the first public release of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system.

The result shows up on the lock screen! That issue has been fixed in iOS 12. Moving from one version of iOS to another can cause problems so you'll want to monitor the download and installation as they make progress. Here's the interesting thing: this time I went with the over the air method of installing the update because that is a real test of the firmware as it keeps your previous settings in place while installing new underlying software.

Select Download and Install. Like in iOS 12, notifications from the same app are automatically grouped together. Notifications are much easier to control now as well, with the ability to easily opt out of notification or at least deliver them "quietly" so you don't get distracted easily.