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What users should expect from Apple’s iOS 12 for the iPhone

Interested in iOS 12 for your iPhone? Here’s what you need to know.

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This year’s big update from Apple is iOS 12, and it aims to resolve all the major issues iPhone users have been dealing with throughout the past year. At first, it might be tempting to jump on board and install the update so you can say goodbye to iOS 11, but beware. Of what? The pros and cons, of course, and making sure this system is right for you.

Mojave is the name of Apple’s newest operating system, and it will be available this fall. Although the update promises users a number of new features, like most technological devices, there are also some downsides to these features as well. That said, here are some of the most notable details about the new software users should be aware of:

No changes to the home screen

An outgoing debate throughout the phone industry is which manufacturing company has the best operating system. Since everyone has their own preference, the things users like best usually involve companies paying attention to small details.

Although Apple’s newest operating system offers notification updates, for example, some users still prefer Android’s system since it does a better job displaying notifications and connecting users to their phones. With that in mind, one particular letdown about the newest iOS 12 operating system is that no changes have been made to the home screen. Though rumors are going around stating that Apple may redesign their home screen in the next generation of iPhones, users will simply have to wait and see if this is true.

The same hardware

To begin with, Apple has no intentions of changing their iPhone design – at least for now. Many analysts believed that since Apple announced their newest operating system, they’d also bring new hardware with it. Although Apple didn’t introduce a new hardware system for their phones, they did, however, discuss possibly offering users a cheaper version of the HomePod speaker.

In the end, users who wanted a new design to go with their operating system won’t be getting wish this time around. Nevertheless, the update that’s soon to come will be offering a number of things people can get excited about.

What are some core features?

Out of all the features Apple has to offer, there are two that might get users really excited to try the new iOS 12. The first change involves Siri. In other words, the new iOS 12 gives users the opportunity to create and trigger Siri with custom commands to do things like send text messages, get directions to a destination, and play music.

The second change involves screen time. Apple iPhones have been widely known for having problems regarding their battery life. To accommodate for this, iOS 12 will now help users minimize their screen time by showing them how many notifications they receive, how often they use their phone, and what apps use the most energy. For some users, it might be scary for them to see the results reported by their phones.

Time management and productivity features

The more individuals use their smartphone, the more they’ll start to rely on it. So, if you think you’re spending too much time on your device, then you’ll want to take advantage of the iOS 12 newest feature. Time management and productivity features, for example, give users a daily and weekly glance at the amount of time they spent on their devices. This includes a breakdown of the amount of time spent on apps, and on the phone itself.

iOS 12 also comes equipped with an App Limits feature that lets people specify how much time they should spend on their device throughout the day. Once they get close to the limit they set for themselves, the app will then send a warning notification.

The “Do Not Disturb” feature also received upgrades from the Mojave operating system as well, which is designed to help promote productivity while limiting distractions.

For instance, users can set up the “Do Not Disturb,” to start and end at a specific time or location. The bedtime feature also hides all notifications on the screen and dims the screen light. That way, users won’t be woken up out of their sleep.

Things to consider

In the end, hopping on any new update is always a gamble, and iOS 12 is no different. That’s why it’s important to think about your phone usage before downloading this new system operator. If you plan on using your phone for social media purposes, for instance, then expect some delays. On the other hand, if you’re a student that must have internet access to check things like grades, due dates, and deadlines, you might want to read up on the reviews before jumping ship.

While the initial release will likely present lots of bugs, it certainly has some benefits to it. To the naked eye, it might seem like the new features are Apple’s main attractions, but the main attraction actually lies within the speediness. The best part is, the operating system can also be used on older iPhones. As long as you’re willing to deal with bugs, you might just end up liking the iOS 12 experience this go around.

Ready for iOS 12? Let us know in the comments.

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H.D. enjoys being active and finds any excuse to outside and explore the outdoors. If you can’t catch him online, you might be able to catch him working out at the gym, or cheering on the Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at @Davis241.

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