iOS 12: With iOS 11, Apple has broken the traditional thoughts and took many things onboard to meet customers’ satisfaction. All the new features that have been introduced in iOS 11 will get matured in the upcoming iOS 12. All right, here we go. Apple created quite a flutter this year with the release of the iOS 11, an operating system which is seen by many as s step in the right direction, thanks to the bold decisions which Apple took. It, for example, removed any further support for the 32-bit apps and devices which could run only 32-bit apps, like the Apple iPhone 5c. While the process also weeded out thousands of apps and app developers from the existing market, the message was clear: Apple was not averse to risk-taking behavior. It also showed that Apple already has a firm grasp of the future of technology and where that future is leading us.

iOS 12 Features

Apple iOS 12: Release Date

The changes aboard the iOS 11, and the changes are indeed substantial, are many and it reflects Apple’s dedication towards the users. It’s too early to talk about iOS 12 release date as the things on iOS 11 are getting updated to get a fully fledged version. 

So, while the iOS 11 is already the talk-of-the-town, the possible iOS 12 features are clearly on many people’s minds. When will it release? Well, if the current timeline holds, the iOS 12 will be announced in 2018, most probably at the annual WWDC next year. It will probably be made available to the users in September 2018. Since the big iPhone event this year was held at the newly-built Steve Jobs Theater, we believe that it will be used next year for the big iOS 12 release. Expect a series of leaks to start emanating come early next year.

iOS VersionsRelease Date
iOS 3June 17, 2009
iOS 4June 21, 2010
iOS 5October 4, 2011
iOS 6September 19, 2012
iOS 7September 18, 2013
iOS 8September 17, 2014
iOS 9September 16, 2015
iOS 10September 13, 2016
iOS 11September 16, 2017
iOS 12September 10, 2018

iOS 12 Compatible Devices: List of iOS 12-compatible Devices

Talking about iOS 12 compatibility isn’t a tough nut. It’s clear that iOS 12 will also support 64 bit apps only so it’s very clear like daylight that the device support 64 bit apps will get the iOS 12 update. The iOS 12 compatible devices list will include all the devices that have been included in the iOS 11 compatible devices list. The list will thus include all Apple iPhones post the Apple iPhone 5c. It will include the Apple iPhone 8 series as well as next year’s iPhone range. Besides, the iOS 12 will play host to the iPad Air as well as later iPad Air models. It will include all the iPad Pro models, the iPad Mini 2 and the later iPad Mini models. Till now, we are not sure whether the sixth-generation iPod Touch will be compatible. This is something that only time will tell. let’s have a look on the at a glance of iOS 12 compatible devices hereinbelow. 

List of the compatible devicesiOS 12 Compatibility
iPhone 5S (A7 Chip)The first device that comes with 64 bit app support
iPhone 6The A8 chip processed on 20 nm process supports 64 bit apps
iPhone 6 PlusDo
iPhone 6SA9 chip comes on it with great performance speed enhancement
iPhone SEDO
iPad 2017DO
iPhone 7A10 chip comes with 30% faster processing
iPhone 7 PlusDO
iMac ProDO
iPhone 8The new A11 chip with Neural Engine comes with 64 bit support
iPhone XDO
iPad Mini 4With A9 Chip this is compatible with iOS 12
Apple iPad AirDO
iPad Mini 2 & 3DO

iOS 12 Wishlist: What The New IOS 12 Might Come With

There is a lot of areas to cover if we are to cover the entire gamut of the functionalities of the iOS 12. We shall try and list a few basic ingredients which, if added, will make Apple’s 2018 OS a better one. This is also one of those things which we do every year; as soon as we had gotten our hands on the iOS 10, we had analyzed it and dissected it. We had also started discussions on what the iOS 11, which is a recent arrival, and many of our predictions have proven to be correct.

In a recent spate of discoveries, we have managed to identify several new features which might be aboard next year’s iOS 12. While some of the newer features are outrageously futuristic, like Micro-LEDs with Quantum Dot technology and vastly improved AR capabilities, some are comparatively mundane. Much of this newer information comes our way from the various patents which have been granted to Apple. While some of these were granted back in 2015, some have only just been spotted now. Sit tight as we take you through what could possibly be some of the best iOS 12 features.

Feature 1: Have a system-wide Autofill system

Well, getting inspired by Android, many of us want this feature on iOS as it makes our tasks easier. This is one feature which can be applied to the entire OS. While we appreciate the recent changes in the iOS 11 when it comes to password managers, such as the ‘Password Autofill For Apps.’ This, however, controls everything that you fill in. If the password manager can control everything related to the device, it will be most handy. Besides, the Android and the Windows devices have already got a lot of neat password managers.

iOS 12 new feature of auto password filling

Not too many of the app developers in the current iOS 11 have made their apps open to editing by the password managers. Imagine using a new app on your favorite device and then having to manually type in the username and the password manually every time. A better password manager aboard the iOS 12 will help break this pattern.

Feature 2: Support for Micro-LED display with Quantum Dot Technology

We recently discovered a patent filing by Apple in the World Intellectual Property Organizations (or WIPO) database. While the patent filing is easy reading for engineers, many others may find what we are about to describe tough to swallow. Apple has acquired this invention from LuxVue, which is considered to be a leader in micro-LED technology. If the information is put to use, Apple’s next generation of iPhones and iPads may dislodge Sony from the premium position it holds in the display segment.

It is interesting to note that Apple is very interested in the Micro LED technology. Recently, Apple has acquired InVisage, considered to be a leader in Quantum Dot technology. InVisage has over 100 patents to its name with reference to photography and video. This is called QuantumFilm along with the latest technology for Quantum Dot Image Sensors. The patent filing reports that the technology may be applied to many gadgets including televisions, tablets, phones, laptops, essential areas like a computer monitor, as well as kiosks, digital cameras, handheld game consoles, and even ebook displays and large area signage displays.

The micro-led technology was originally invented in the year 2000 by Prof. Hongxing Jiang and Prof. Jingyu Lin of Texas Tech University. Micro-LEDs are incredibly tiny particles. Sony’s 55-inch FullHD “Crystal LED Display” TV, showcased in 2012, first showed off the Micro LED technology. Note that a micro LED is roughly the size of a pixel. Whereas, the quantum dots are much smaller particles, of the order of 2 to 10 nanometers only in diameter. This makes it the size of 50 atoms. So, the Micro LED technology mated with the Quantum dot technology will essentially revolutionize the way displays work. The only problem appears to be the prohibitive cost of bringing the technology to a screen that is the size of a current mobile device. This is mainly because Sony’s TV experiment was ultra expensive.

Given that Apple has produced OLED technology for the tenth-generation iPhone X, the new technology will be useful in the years to come. The main difference between an OLED display and a micro LED display is the ‘O’ in the name. While the OLED display has an organic material used in lighting up a specific array, the micro LED technology uses inorganic Gallium Nitride (GaN) to do the same thing. This brings down the need for a polarizing and encapsulation layer and also makes the film thinner. Micro LED components are thinner than a human hair strand.

If used, this will have impacts on the battery consumption (50 percent lower than OLED) and the display would be brighter with enhanced contrast. Besides, micro LEDs can also be used to make smart displays a reality.

Status: Likely. The costs are bound to go up by leaps and bounds, however. We believe that the iOS 12 will have support for this feature but only in a preliminary stage. Apple’s future iPhones may come with this technology too.

Feature 3: Support for hybrid display with transparent dedicated AR window

Next year’s iPhones may likely have something along the lines of a hybrid display where a part of the display acts as an extension of the Augmented Reality features mounted inside the brains of the phone. The flexible OLED display which might be onboard the next-generation iPhones may also have that will integrate the speaker grill to form a really almost invisible speaker.

A second portion of the same patent applied for in 2015 and received this year highlights the hybrid iPhone display which may come next year. that allows for an upper portion of the display to independently act as a transparent augmented reality or AR window. This special type of display will aid in a seamless transition between the rear cameras and the user interface of the system.

The same display may also house the face side camera, a light sensor, a status indicator light. In fact, the design may end up doubling as the front-facing speaker. Simply put, the speaker membranes may automatically be formed from the flexible display’s active portion.

Feature 4: Seamless Siri search engine switchability

This new feature will help Siri go back and forth Google search and Microsoft Bing search engines. Simply put, it will now let you automatically go back and forth between Google and Bing once you search for something inside Search inside iOS (which was formerly called Spotlight). A report in TechCrunch quoted Apple as saying “Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari.”

Feature 5: Unified Notifications

Such a feature will be greatly beneficial to the users of the iOS 12 and may be achievable next year. We expect the notifications to be sorted by application and then arranged automatically: the OS will learn to distinguish, based on the user’s clicks and choices, which notification should come where. So, you will no longer have to go back and forth between News notifications, Weather notifications, and other miscellaneous notifications. This will be possible thanks to AI.

Feature 6: A more unified home screen

 The home screen will be better equipped to handle demanding users better. Just below the time display and the icon bay, there is expected to be a separate row of smaller icons which might be called the Quick Status icons. There will be a Virtual Home Button as well, located at the bottom of the screen, roughly in the middle. On the left-hand side will be a Press for App Switcher and on the right-hand side, a very handy Universal Back Button.

Feature 7: Better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Toggles

We admit that the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles aboard current devices leave a lot to be desired. While the iOS 11 has seen a lot of improvisation as far as the Control Center is concerned, you still cannot actually control the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth services straight from the Center. If you disconnect from the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks by tapping on the toggles, it will not allow you to disconnect from the radios.

New menu featuring on iOS 12

While this might actually be a good thing, like you can still use the Apple Watch 3 and the Apple Pencil, besides the services like AirDrop and AirPlay, certain privacy issues might be cited to ensure that the services are turned off completely. Currently, we have to go to the ‘Settings’ tab to disable the services completely. In the iOS 12, we can perhaps ensure that the wireless networks and Bluetooth services are controlled straight from the Control Center. This can probably be achieved via a harder 3D Touch.

Feature 8: Return the Wish List Feature to The App Store

We admit that a certain amount of work has gone on the App Store in the iOS 11. That said, the wish list of the app store has now been discontinued. In case you had any previous wish lists made, you will not be able to retrieve them. The wish list of the app store was designed so as to let the users arrange what they liked- and what they disliked- about an app. This type of wish list is essential to keep a track on what you like about an app or a service, keep sending that feedback to Apple, and hoping that the issues have been rectified. You can thus help yourself by creating a wish list of how an app has changed since you last used it. In case it has improved markedly, you can ultimately buy it.

Feature 9: Introduce Camera Controls on the Camera App

In case you haven’t used the iOS before, you will find that it is slightly different when compared to many other operating systems. For example, the camera app does not store the camera controls and this is something that might be changed for the better. The camera app does not control the video resolution and file formats directly. This is accessible on a sub-menu of the primary ‘Settings’ screen. If the cameras can directly be controlled via the camera app, it would be much simpler. Apple is getting addicted to better camera performance so it can be easily seen in the upcoming iOS 12. 

Single swipe camera setting in iOS 12

Feature 10: Can we have a movable Back button, please?

We all use a number of apps on our iPhones. This is somehow not user-friendly, as there is only a small, too small, back button of the top left corner of the device. This might be a bit of a bother in case you are right-handed or use a bigger phone. To help the users, the back button can be considered maneuverable. Such a button might help the users use this feature better.

Feature 11: More Control Center Customization Options

This is our last feature on our preliminary wish list. The more the merrier being the mantra, we believe that the control center should be more customizable. Now, we only hope Apple is listening.

Apple Pencil? Will it be an enhancement?

Lastly, the iOS 12 will have a whole new ecosystem of features as far as the Apple Pencil is concerned. A recent patent obtained by Apple will help the OS to predict when the tip needs to be changed so as to stop screen damage. Stay tuned for more updates right here!

Wrap up

Before we let you go, we must inform you that the iOS 12 promises to be one of the best operating systems ever devised. We have only a year or so to go before we are close to the iOS 12. So, this list is an ever-expanding one. It will constantly be updated. So, stay tuned.