Sept. 17 Update: iOS 12 is available today, here's how to download it.
Between additions like Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions and Group FaceTime calls, iOS 12 brings an assortment of anticipated features to the iPhone and iPad.
However, there's much more to iOS 12 than what was announced at WWDC. The future iOS update also delivers a host of tweaks across the board that will improve Apple's mobile devices in numerous small ways. Here are some of the most notable examples from the iOS 12 developer beta. (Photo Credit: Gia Sergovich/Tom's Guide)
iOS 12 introduces more granular control to the Do Not Disturb feature aimed at silencing notifications and other distractions. Long-press on the Do Not Disturb icon in iOS 12's Control Center, and you'll see a new option — one that lets you toggle the feature on for as long as you're at your current location. Do Not Disturb's newfound location awareness can come in handy when you're at a meeting, a date, one of your kid's activities or any place else where you'd rather be present in the moment and not tempted to look at your phone.
With iOS 12, you can enroll a second face for Face ID authentication on devices that support the feature. To be clear, this doesn't have to be somebody else's mug. If your appearance drastically changes for any reason, and the preexisting facial data isn't meshing with what the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera sees, you can add a second portrait of yourself to keep from getting locked out of your iPhone.
In a change that appears to foreshadow a future iPad with a controversial iPhone X-style notch, Apple has rearranged the menu bar at the top of the screen on its tablets. The date and time have been moved to the left side, just like they appear on Apple's flagship handset. Meanwhile, the battery indicator as well as other icons move to the right.
This has been done ostensibly to make room for a TrueDepth camera system capable of 3D facial recognition, just like the one on the iPhone X. Various rumors, as well as code discovered in the iOS 12 beta, have pointed to the iPad receiving the technology — and this design change is merely another clue. (Image Credit: Apple)
One of the major reasons podcast addicts tend to gravitate away from Apple's built-in app and toward third-party options is customization. The stock iOS app simply doesn’t offer the wealth of settings you’ll find in alternatives on the App Store. However, Apple is borrowing one handy feature from the competition: Custom skip lengths. Now, listeners will be able to change the duration of a skip forward or backward beyond the standard 15 seconds.
If you have a 3D Touch-enabled iPhone, you've been able to turn the on-screen keyboard into a trackpad with just a firm press on the screen. iOS 12 extends that handy feature to all iOS devices. Just press down on the space bar, and the other keys will disappear. From there, you can drag your finger around the keyboard to place the cursor more precisely.
As for 3D Touch, it can feel like that forgotten iOS feature that can actually be extremely useful, provided you remember it exists. And in iOS 12, Apple adds a few new shortcuts for particular apps when you press firmly on their icons. Notes now reveals a menu item to instantly scan a document, while Camera provides a shortcut that instantly opens the viewfinder to search for QR codes.
You've probably heard about Screen Time, iOS 12's new feature for keeping closer tabs on just often you use your phone. You can dive into Settings to get a full report on your iPhone usage (and make adjustments to any limits you've placed on apps), but if you just want a quick report on how much you've used your phone, swipe right from your home screen — a new Screen Time widget now lives among the other widgets you've set up. (If you'd prefer not to display your screen time here, just scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Edit to manage your iOS widgets.)