One week after the release of iOS 14.5, Apple today is releasing iOS 14.5.1 to the public with bug fixes and performance improvements. Apple is also releasing iOS 12.5.3 for older iPhones that are not supported by iOS 14.5.
Today’s new release iOS 14.5.1 is available via an over-the-air update in the Settings app. As usual, if the update does not immediately appear for download, keep checking, as it sometimes takes a few minutes to roll out to all users. The build number for today’s release is 18E212.
iOS 14.5 was a major update for iPhone users, bringing new features such as App Tracking Transparency, Appel Watch Unlock, Siri improvements, and more. For such a big update, it is unsurprising to see Apple release a point update with bug fixes.
Apple says iOS 14.5.1 fixes a bug that prevented some users from seeing App Tracking Transparency prompts:
This update fixes an issue with App Tracking Transparency where some users who previously disabled Allow Apps to Request to Track in Settings may not receive prompts from apps after re-enabling it. This update also provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.
Notably, iOS 14.5.1 does not fix an issue that causes the App Tracking Transparency toggle in Settings to be grayed out. After updating to iOS 14.5.1, the “Allow Apps to Request to Track” toggle is still grayed out for some users in the Settings app.
iOS 14.5.1 is rolling out today and you can update by going to the Settings app on your device, choosing General, then choosing Software Update. Apple is also rolling out iPadOS 14.5.1 today as well.
Telegram founder Pavel Durov announced the app will add group video calls starting next month. This feature has been long anticipated by many Telegram users.
Telegram often taunts rivals over their tardiness to add new features but on video calls it has been a laggard, only adding the ability to make one-on-one video calls last August — rather than prioritizing a launch of group video calls, as it had suggested it would a few months earlier.
In an April 2020 blog post, to mark passing 400M users, it wrote that the global lockdown had “highlighted the need for a trusted video communication tool” — going on to dub video calls in 2020 “much like messaging in 2013”.
However it also emphasized the importance of security for group video calling — and that’s perhaps what’s caused the delay.
(Another possibility is the operational distraction of needing to raise a large chunk of debt financing to keep funding development: Last month Telegram announced it had raised over $1BN by selling bonds — its earlier plan to monetize via a blockchain platform having hit the buffers in 2020.)
In the event, rather than rolling out group video calls towards the latter end of 2020 it’s going to be doing so almost half way through 2021 — which has left videoconferencing platforms like Zoom to keep cleaning up during the pandemic-fuelled remote work and play boom (even as ‘Zoom fatigue’ has been added to our lexicon).
How secure Telegram’s implementation of group video calls will be, though, is an open question.
Durov’s post mades repeat mention of “encryption” — perhaps to make a subtle dig at Zoom’s own messy security claims history — but doesn’t specify whether it will use end-to-end encryption (we’ve asked).
Meanwhile Zoom does now offer e2e — and also has designs on becoming a platform in its own right, with apps and a marketplace, so there are a number of shifts in the comms landscape that could see the videoconferencing giant making deeper incursions into Telegram’s social messaging territory.
The one-to-one video calls Telegram launched last year were rolled out with its own e2e encryption — so presumably it will be replicating that approach for group calls.
However the MTProto encryption Telegram uses is custom-designed — and there’s been plenty of debate among cryptography experts over the soundness of its approach. So even if group calls are e2e encrypted there will be scrutiny over exactly how Telegram is doing it.
Also today, Durov touted two recently launched web versions of Telegram (not the first such versions by a long chalk, though) — adding that it’s currently testing “a functional version of web-based video calls internally, which will be added soon”.
He said the Webk and Webz versions of the web app are “by far the most cross-platform versions of Telegram we shipped so far”, and noting that no downloads or installs are required to access your chats via the browser.
“This is particularly good for corporate environments where installing native apps is now always allowed, but also good for users who like the instant nature of web sites,” he added, with another little nod toward enterprise users.
As reported by Yahoo Finance, Durov made the announcement via a text message posted to his official Telegram channel today. He wrote:
“We will be adding a video dimension to our voice chats in May, making Telegram a powerful platform for group video calls”.
“Screen sharing, encryption, noise-canceling, desktop and tablet support — everything you can expect from a modern video conferencing tool, but with Telegram-level UI, speed, and encryption. Stay tuned!”.
While Telegram usually taunts its competitors over their delay in offering new features, the app is behind WhatsApp, which already offers end-to-end encrypted video calls.
Also today, Durov touted two recently launched web versions of Telegram, adding that it’s currently testing “a functional version of web-based video calls internally, which will be added soon.”
“He said the Webk and Webz versions of the web app are ‘by far the most cross-platform versions of the app we shipped so far’, and noting that no downloads or installs are required to access your chats via the browser.”
While Telegram is focusing on this new feature, WhatsApp is currently testing ways to integrate Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, as well as migrating chat history between an iPhone and an Android device.
Apple released iOS 14.5 beta 1 to developers, and as you’ve no doubt heard, it’s quite the update. Headlined by the ability to unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask, iOS 14.5 beta 1 brings forth a number of practical improvements and overall enhancements to iPhone. Watch our hands-on commentary as we discuss the top iOS 14.5 beta 1 changes and features.
What’s new in iOS 14.5 beta 1?
Updated Software Update screens
Both the Software Update page in the Settings app and the Watch app have received more informative details regarding updates. Apple now includes a green check mark to indicate that you’re on the latest version of software, along with a message stating that “Your iPhone is up to date with all of the latest bug fixes and security enhancements.” In addition, iOS 14.5 now displays a time stamp that shows the last time you successfully checked for an update.
Unlock with Apple Watch
As noted, the biggest feature to come to iOS 14.5 is support for Apple Watch Unlock when Face ID detects a face with a mask. Users must be wearing an unlocked Apple Watch protected by a passcode in order for the feature to work. When attempting to unlock your iPhone using Face ID while wearing a face mask, you’ll feel a vibration on your Apple Watch, along with a notification that your iPhone was unlocked successfully.
Horizontal boot screen iPad
When connected to the Magic Keyboard, iPadOS 14.5 will display the startup Apple logo in horizontal/landscape mode instead of the default portrait orientation. If you restart your iPad when disconnected from the Magic Keyboard, even if you’re holding the device in landscape mode, the startup screen will appear in portrait mode.
As a side note, iPadOS 14.5 now supports emoji search, which iPhone users have been enjoying since iOS 14’s release, but has been inexplicably missing on iPad up until now.
Cellular connectivity updates
One of the biggest changes found in iOS 14.5 is the ability to enable dual SIM functionality while maintaining 5G connectivity. In previous versions of iOS, enabling the iPhone 12’s dual SIM feature would cause cellular connectivity to fall back to standard LTE. With iOS 14.5, users have the option of keeping both connections active simultaneously while still enjoying the benefits of 5G.
In addition to 5G dual SIM support, iOS 14.5 surfaces a new 5G Standalone cellular switch in system settings. Initial 5G implementations piggybacked on existing LTE networks to speed up adoption of 5G, but this method imposes propagation limits based on the LTE limitations. With Standalone (or SA) 5G, the limits of LTE are no longer in play. Keep in mind that your carrier will need to support 5G SA, and Apple warns that enabling SA at this early stage may cause degraded performance.
Apple Music updates
Apple Music gets some noteworthy updates in iOS 14.5, headlined by a new “Made For You” section under the Library tab. Made For You houses all of the algorithmic-curated music suggestions that are normally found within playlists like Favorites Mix, Chill Mix, and New Music Mix within the Listen Now tab.
Another handy feature found in iOS 14.5 is the inclusion of release dates for all music content featured on Apple Music. Prior versions of iOS would showcase release info, but in this latest beta version of iOS, users are treated with the exact release month, day, and year.
Users will also be happy to know that the scrolling metadata view on the Now Playing Lock Screen interface has now returned. This is a big improvement over the truncated metadata view that’s been around in the last few versions.
Reminders app enhancements
It’s crazy that we’ve not been able to sort Reminders based on parameters like modification date or title up until now, but at least we finally receive such features in iOS 14.5. Users can still sort reminder lists manually, but now there are several metadata sorting options, along with ascending and descending preferences.
The ability to directly print a reminders list joins the updated sorting options, allowing users to quickly send a list to a configured AirPrint printer.
Updated Podcast app
The stock Podcasts app gets lots of subtle changes and enhancements alongside a bigger update to the look and feel of the official show page for each podcast. New enhancements include a full-bleed header with color-matched backgrounds and a refreshed Library page with new glyphs.
Apple Fitness+ Workouts AirPlay 2 support
AirPlay 2 compatibility comes to Apple Fitness+ workouts, allowing users to stream workouts directly to an AirPlay 2-compatible set-top box or television. The problem with this method, as opposed to just playing on an Apple TV or iPad, is that you lose on-screen metric support. But that might not be a huge deal since metric details remain readily available on your Apple Watch.
Maps app redesigned guides
Apple has redesigned the Guides feature on the Maps app, which now includes a full-bleed header, redesigned buttons, and beautiful animations when minimizing and maximizing each guide.
PS5 / Xbox Series X controller support
Support for next-generation console controllers, including the Playstation 5 Dual Sense controller and the Xbox Series X controller, is now available in 14.5. Next-gen controller support is a welcome new addition for controller-compatible Apple Arcade games, and for taking advantage of console-centric remote play features.
Dedicated Search tab in News app
Similar to the Search tab in the Music app and TV app, the News app gains a dedicated search interface for quickly finding channels, topics, or stories.
Siri interface updates
Those using the Type to Siri accessibility option will notice an updated interface that no longer opens to a dedicated Siri screen, allowing the user to maintain context of their current position in iOS. This update is similar to the changes first implemented in iOS 14 when invoking Siri using voice. You’ll also find an updated interface that appears when sending iMessages via Siri.
Apple Card updates
Although these updates are not-yet user facing, we’ve also highlighted a couple of forthcoming changes related to Apple Card:
Apple Card Family feature for multi-user accounts
New financial health features coming to the Wallet app
It’s been two years since we unveiled the list of Apple devices that will receive the next major update. After iOS 13 and then iOS 14, it’s time to talk about iOS 15. On which iPhone, iPod or iPad can we install iOS 15 and iPadOS 15?
If iOS 14 had rolled over the same iPhones and iPads as iOS 13 (like iOS 12 and iOS 11), Apple is expected to remove five models this year, split between smartphones and tablets. Here is a first list of Apple devices that will host iOS 15 beta next June, gleaned once again from our developer friend at Apple and who works in particular on the Plans app. Obviously, needless to say that the iPhone 13 will be delivered directly with iOS 15 and an A15 chip. But for the others, there will be unhappy customers because Apple will have to part with certain models in order to facilitate the deployment of new products and to better unify its fleet.
French publication iPhoneSoft says that the information is coming from within Apple (via Apple Translate):
Here is a first list of apple devices that will host iOS 15 beta next June, once again gleaned from our developer friend at Apple and who notably officiates on the Plans app.
With the iPhone 12 mini and the second-generation iPhone SE, Apple now sells two modern devices that match the form factor of the iPhone 6s design. The second-generation iPhone SE is actually nearly identical to the iPhone 6s in terms of design, but with the modern A13 processor inside. The iPhone 12 mini is physically smaller, but offers a bigger display because of its edge-to-edge design, alongside the A14 processor and an improved camera system.
Not compatible with iOS 15:
iPhone 6s an 6s Plus
iPhone SE 2016
That lines up with the report we saw last November from The Verifier. But going beyond that information, iPhoneSoft says that iOS 15 will also “probably not be available” on:
iPad mini 4
iPad Air 2
Here’s a look at what devices could work with the iOS/iPadOS 15.
Following the release of iOS 14.3 last month, Apple today stopped signing both iOS 14.2 and iOS 14.2.1 — which was only available for iPhone 12 models. That means users who have updated their devices to iOS 14.3 can no longer downgrade to iOS 14.2.
Among all the changes of iOS 14.3, the most notable one is the addition of the ProRAW photo format for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple announced the ProRAW feature for the new iPhones during its October event last year, but the feature was only released to users months later.
As for iOS 14.2, the updates brought new emojis, more wallpapers, and support for the HomePod Intercom feature. iOS 14.2.1 arrived a few days later with specific bug fixes for iPhone 12 models.
Reverting to older iOS builds is common for those with jailbroken devices. Restoring an iPhone or iPad to a previous version of iOS can sometimes be helpful for users who experience significant bugs after upgrading to the latest version of iOS.
If you have experienced any serious issues with iOS 14.3, unfortunately you’ll now have to wait until a future update is available rather than downgrading to iOS 14.2. The only possible downgrade for now is from the recently released iOS 14.4 beta to iOS 14.3.
In our first hands-on iOS 14 video, we’ll step through over 250 changes and features, including all of the aforementioned QOL improvements such as Picture in Picture, Widgets, App Library, Compact call interface, and more.
Picture in Picture
new feature in iOS 14 is Picture in Picture video.
Picture in Picture is a huge convenience feature. It allows me to consume videos while chatting in iMessage or while browsing in Safari. I especially like that it allows me to watch YouTube how-to videos while jotting down notes in the Notes app.
Hands-on with 250 + iOS 14 beta features ( 1HR VIDEO )
Compact Call interface
In bringing a compact incoming call interface to iOS 14, Apple has addressed perhaps one of the most requested quality of life features for the iPhone.
In previous versions of iOS, receiving an incoming call would present a full-screen call interface and interrupt your current task. It was a jarring experience that never fully got used to and it made to dislike receiving incoming phone calls.
In iOS 14, incoming phone calls are relegated to a small banner at the top of the interface. This allows you to keep reading, or browsing without worrying about being ambushed by an incoming call.
Like the compact call interface, compact Siri allows users to interface with the virtual assistant without interrupting whatever current task you’re engaged in. Siri is now displayed as an overlay at the bottom of the screen, with Siri results appearing as a significantly less conspicuous banner at the top of the screen.
Apple’s App Library is another big win for iPhone users who have long lamented over the state of app management on iOS. Instead of being forced into adopting page after page of apps and folders, users can now add and remove app pages at will.
Regardless of what’s displayed on the traditional Home screen pages, the App Library is where all of the apps installed on your iPhone reside. There’s even a handy alphabetical list of all of the apps currently installed on your iOS device.
Search in iOS 14 is a big improvement over its predecessors, bringing smarter search results and launcher-like functionality to native iOS. New features include as-you-type suggestions and the ability to press the “go” button to take action and launch websites, web searches, and apps.
For references, here’s a list of everything included in our iOS 14 beta features video walkthrough:
Downloading app data
Slide through app pages
Enter edit mode from anywhere
New minus indicator for deleting apps
Edit Home screen pages
Six new iOS 14 wallpapers
Remove any app from Home screen
Widgets on Home screen
Edit a widget
Siri Suggestions widget
Differently sized widgets
Edit a widget stack
Stack multiple weather widgets
As-you-type search suggestions
Updated Siri Suggestions UI
Redesigned Siri Knowledge layout
Picture in Picture
Enable Picture in Picture
Customize and control Picture in Picture
Settings > General > Picture in Picture
Compact Siri UI
Send audio messages
Updated Siri Settings > Suggestions on Lock screen
Updated Siri Settings > Siri Feedback
Updated Siri Settings > Suggestions when Sharing
Updated Siri Settings > In Search settings
Updated Siri Settings > App Clips
Manage app tracking
Limited Photos library access
Recently used indicator in Control Center
Notification when apps access clipboard
Privacy > Local Network
Use Private Address
New colors button
New eyedropper tool
Colors: Grid, Spectrum, Sliders
Save colors as favorites
Long press back button to go back levels
Settings > General > About > Carrier Lock
Settings > General > Customize Automatic Updates
Settings > TV > Cellular Streaming > Automatic Optimized based on data plan… Settings > iCloud > Media & Purchases
Rename Bluetooth devices
Search bar added to iPhone Storage
New Glyph when Bluetooth devices connected
AirPods now have their info in iOS Bluetooth Settings
All-new Field Test app
Family sharing shows avatars of all members
New Family Sharing Layout shows when joined, role, and access
“Shared with your Family” instead of shared features
Invite member now uses Share Sheet
Apple TV Channels are broken up individually
Ask To Buy
New Screen Time UI
Updated Camera app glyphs
Home app CC toggle removed
Dynamic Home toggles added
Sound Recognition toggle
Hearing toggle shows decibel rating
Updated Control Center Settings
Third-party VoIP calls compact interface
New audio picker
Updated tables and buttons in contacts
New contact photo options camera, photos, emoji, text
Apple has released iOS 12.4.6 for older model iPhone and iPad devices that are not able to run iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4.
The iOS 12.4.6 is said to include important security updates and thus is recommended for eligible users to download and install onto their devices. No new features are expected to be included with iOS 12.4.6.
Devices eligible for the iOS 12.4.6 update include iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 6th generation, iPad Air 1, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Mini 3. Newer iPhone and iPad models are able to download iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 instead.
How to Update to iOS 12.4.6
Before anything else, backup the iPhone or iPad to iCloud, iTunes, or to MacOS before beginning any system software update. Failure to backup could lead to data loss.
The easiest way for most users to download iOS 12.4.6 is through the Software Update mechanism in Settings app on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch :
Open the “Settings” app
Go to “General” and then choose “Software Update”
Choose to “Download and Install” iOS 12.4.6
iOS 12.4.6 will download and install automatically, requiring a device reboot to complete. When the installation has finished, the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will automatically boot itself back up and be usable again as normal.
Release notes accompanying the iOS 12.4.6 update download are very brief stating that it “provides important security updates” and is therefore recommended for all users who are eligible for the update.
More advanced users can also choose to update iPhone or iPad manually by using IPSW as detailed here.
Separately, Apple has also released macOS Catalina 10.15.4 for Mac, along with Security Update 2020-002 for macOS Mojave and High Sierra, iPadOS 13.4 for newer iPad, iOS 13.4 for newer iPhone, along with updates for tvOS and watchOS.
Auto-brightness automatically adjusts the display brightness of an iPhone or iPad depending on surrounding ambient lighting conditions. Some users love this feature and some users don’t, and there are Settings options to both enable and disable auto-brightness on iPhone or iPad.
If you want to change or turn off auto-brightness on iPhone or iPad running iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or later, you may have noticed the setting is no longer in the location it was before. This has led some users to believe the feature no longer exists, but it has just been relocated.
This article will show you how to find and adjust the auto-brightness setting on iPhone or iPad running iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or newer system software.
How to Disable Auto-Brightness in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13
Here is how you can disable auto-brightness on iPhone or iPad with the latest system software versions:
Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad
Go to “Accessibility”
Choose “Display & Text Size”
Scroll down and find the “Auto-Brightness” setting and turn that to the OFF position by tapping the button
Exit out of Settings
With this setting turned off, the iPhone or iPad display will no longer automatically adjust brightness. This means you have to adjust brightness entirely on your own through the Settings or Control center, as it will no longer adjust itself depending on what the surrounding light is.
Some users may prefer this setting if they want their screen to be super bright or very dim all the time, or even at a steady 50%, or whatever their choice is.
How to Enable Auto-Brightness on iPhone & iPad with iOS 13 / iPadOS 13
Here is how you can enable auto-brightness of display on the latest iOS and iPadOS system software versions:
Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad
Go to “Accessibility”
Go to “Display & Text Size”
Locate the “Auto-Brightness” setting and turn to the ON position
Exit out of Settings as usual
With auto-brightness enabled, the iPhone or iPad screen will adjust automatically as the lighting around you changes.
The default setting on iPhone and iPad is to have the auto-brightness feature enabled, but some users may wish to change the behavior, toggle the feature off or on, or adjust it and disable it as their needs demand.
This obviously applies to new versions of iOS and iPadOS. For some background, the “Auto-Brightness” setting has moved around multiple times in iOS so if you’re looking around for the setting and can’t find it then you must know which version of system software is running on your iPhone or iPad. For example, in iOS 12 the auto brightness setting is found and located in a different subsection of the Accessibility settings. Even earlier versions of iOS had the setting located directly in the broader Display & Brightness section of Settings, which was easily accessible when adjusting screen brightness in general. For whatever reason the latest and greatest iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 releases and newer have moved the setting agin, and because it has moved around multiple times in the past, don’t be surprised if you discover the setting has changed locations yet again in a future version of software for iPhone and iPad too.
You can also precisely adjust the Mac display brightness and stop the Mac screen from dimming automatically too, if you’re also a Mac user.
Wondering how to save photos, pictures, and videos from Messages in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13? If you’re perplexed you may not be alone, as some users have discovered the changes to the photo and video saving mechanism in Messages app to be more confusing than before, leading some people to think the ability to save photos and movies from messages is no longer an option. Rest assured you can still easily save pictures and videos from Messages in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, but it’s a bit different and the ‘save’ option may not be immediately visible to you depending on your device.
This article will show you how to save photos and videos in the Messages app on iPhone and iPad running iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and later.
How to Save Photos & Videos from Messages to iPhone & iPad with iOS 13 / iPadOS 13
Open the Messages app and navigate to the message conversation with the picture or video you wish to save
Tap on the photo or video so that it’s in the forefront, then tap on the Share icon (it looks like a box with an arrow flying out of the top of it)
Scroll down at the Share Sheet screen *
Choose “Save Image” after scrolling down in the sharing section to save the picture or video to the iPhone or iPad
The saved picture or video will appear in the Photos app at the very bottom of the Albums > Recents view (what was called Camera Roll).
* This is where things are typically confusing for users, where on many iPhone models they have to scroll down in the sharing screen to access the “Save Image” and “Save Video” options. In prior versions of iOS, saving a message was a matter of tapping on the share sheet and then choosing the obvious “Save Image” button. Now however with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 and later, you may need to scroll down to select a different looking “Save Image” button from the sharing menu.
You can also continue to quickly save a photo or video with a tap-and-hold move, similar to how you go about forwarding a picture message on iPhone to another user. That action and behavior has not changed in the latest iOS and iPadOS versions.
New features available with iOS 12. iOS 12 is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive, and more delightful.
Faster and more responsive
The things you do every day are faster than ever — across more devices. iOS has been overhauled for improved performance on devices as far back as iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
Animations are smoother across the system. So when you do things like bring up Control Center, swipe while multitasking, or scroll in apps, it’s more fluid and responsive.
Up to 40% faster app launch
Apps launch faster in day-to-day use. And when you’re pushing your iOS device to the limit, multitasking between lots of apps, they launch up to 2x faster.
Up to 50% faster keyboard display
The keyboard appears faster and typing is more responsive.
Up to 70% faster swipe to Camera
Swiping to Camera from the Lock screen happens faster so you never miss a moment.
Up to 2x faster Share sheet display under load
The Share sheet appears faster than ever, especially if you have a lot of sharing extensions installed.
Make FaceTime calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously.
FaceTime audio and video
Answer incoming Group FaceTime calls with video or audio on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or join with audio on Apple Watch.
Join or add people to Group FaceTime at any time.
Focus View in Group FaceTime
During Group FaceTime, the speaker will automatically be front and center. Or with Focus View, you can double-tap the person you’d like to see.
Group FaceTime uses a silent notification that participants can tap to join.
Start Group FaceTime right from a group Messages conversation. See and join active calls from the conversation list or in the conversation itself.
Use FaceTime with your friends and family as your favorite Animoji or Memoji.
Transform your look using built-in filters, like classic black and white, comic book, and watercolor.
Add text effects like speech bubbles and emoji to your photos or videos.
Jazz up your photos and videos with shapes like stars, hearts, and arrows.
iMessage sticker packs
Download sticker packs from the App Store for iMessage to enhance your photos and videos. Stickers track the movement of your face and move with you.
Private end-to-end encryption
FaceTime is encrypted end to end for both one-to-one and group calls, so your conversations remain private and viewable only by the participants.
Create an all-new kind of Animoji that fits your personality and mood.
A new tool for you to select and adjust nearly endless customization options to make your Memoji.
Try four new Animoji: T. rex, ghost, koala, and tiger.
Tongue and wink detection
Improved face tracking now recognizes when you stick out your tongue or wink.
Now you can record clips of up to 30 seconds.
Use the camera in Messages to capture photos and enhance them in new ways using built-in effects and third-party sticker packs.
Transform your look using built-in filters, like classic black and white, comic book, and watercolor.
Add text effects like speech bubbles and emoji to your photos or videos.
Jazz up your photos and videos with shapes like stars, hearts, and arrows.
iMessage sticker packs
Download sticker packs from the App Store for iMessage to enhance your photos and videos inside Messages. Stickers track the movement of your face and move with you.
Photos iMessage app
Get photo suggestions based on who you’re messaging with, what you’re talking about, and where you’ve taken photos together.
Redesigned App Strip
The redesigned App Strip now takes up less space when you type. So you can see more of your content and always get to your favorite iMessage apps.
New tools empower you to understand and make choices about how much time you spend using apps and websites.
Get reports weekly or check Today View anytime to see app usage, notifications, and device pickups.
Use your family’s Apple IDs to set up Screen Time for your kids to keep an eye on how much time they spend on apps and websites. They can request more time for you to approve.
Set the amount of time you and your kids can spend each day on specific apps and websites.
Set a specific time, like bedtime, when apps and notifications are blocked. You can choose which apps are on and off limits.
Create exceptions for apps you’d like your kids to have access to even during Downtime, such as Messages or education apps.
Message threads and notification topics are grouped together, so it’s easier to see what’s important with just a glance at your iPhone or iPad.
Control your notification settings the moment you receive an alert, without having to leave what you’re doing.
Within Instant Tuning, you can choose to have notifications delivered silently to Notification Center by default so you’re not interrupted by alerts.
Siri notification suggestions
Get suggestions based on how you interact with your notifications, such as which app notifications to deliver prominently and which ones to send to Notification Center.
A new type of opt-in alert for important information, like reports from a healthcare provider, which you’ll receive even during Do Not Disturb.
Tapback to messages
Quickly reply to messages with an expression, like a heart or a thumbs-up, by touching and holding the notification.
Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb During Bedtime
Dim your display and silence overnight notifications until you unlock your iPhone in the morning.
New Do Not Disturb options
Set Do Not Disturb to end automatically in an hour, at the end of the day, when you leave a certain location, or at the end of a meeting on your calendar.
Persistent and multiuser experiences
AR experiences can now be shared across time and fixed to real-world locations, so you can create a piece of AR art that can be viewed later in the same place by someone else.
3D object recognition
ARKit 2 recognizes objects and how your device is oriented to them, and can use that information to trigger AR experiences.
Face tracking now sees where you’re looking and can detect whether you’re sticking out your tongue or winking.
AR is even more lifelike, enabling virtual objects to reflect the real-world scene in your camera.
USDZ file format
A new format that helps 3D creators to create rich content and animations optimized for mobile devices.
AR Quick Look
View AR experiences in the apps you use every day, including Files, Mail, Messages, and Safari.
Draw straight lines to measure objects and surfaces both vertically and horizontally using your iPhone or iPad camera, and automatically detect dimensions of rectangular objects.
For You tab
A single destination for your Memories, Shared Album activity, and the best moments in your library. Featured Photos and Effect Suggestions intelligently show you your best photos and propose effects to make them even better.
Photos understands when you’ve done something meaningful, like taking a trip or attending an event, and will suggest sharing the photos with the people who are in them. And if you receive photos from someone else, your device will look for photos in your library from the same event and suggest sharing photos back.
Intelligent search suggestions
Smart suggestions help you find photos even before you finish typing by suggesting events, people, places, and relative dates.
Search for photos based on the places or businesses where you were when you took them, whether it’s a general category, like “Japanese restaurant,” or a specific place, like “Jacques Torres Chocolate.”
Search for photos from events you’ve attended, like the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Multiple keyword search
Now you can combine keywords in searches, like “surfing” and “vacation,” for even better results.
It’s easier than ever to import photos and videos from your professional camera on the go.
RAW editing support
You can now edit your RAW images in Photos on iPhone and iPad models with an A9 chip or later.
Redesigned Albums tab
Find existing and shared albums more quickly and efficiently.
Improved Portrait Lighting
Portrait mode photos are better than ever. Camera now generates a mask when it detects a person and intelligently and elegantly separates the person from the scene.
Portrait Segmentation API
A new API for third-party developers allows for the separation of layers in a photo, such as separating the background from the foreground.
Improved QR code reader
Camera now highlights QR codes in the frame, making them easier to scan.
A quicker way to do the things you do most often. As Siri learns your routines, you’ll get suggested shortcuts for just what you need, at just the right time, on the Lock screen or in search.
New Shortcuts app
Create or customize your own shortcuts to run multiple steps at once. Get started with examples from the gallery and personalize with steps from across your apps.
App developers can work with Siri to run shortcuts via a new SiriKit API.
Photos Memories search
Use Siri to quickly pull up photos and memories based on people, places, events, time, and keywords of objects and scenes in the photos.
Privacy and Security
Enhanced tracking prevention
Improvements prevent Share buttons and comment widgets on web pages from tracking you without your permission in Safari. Safari also prevents advertisers from collecting your device’s unique settings, so they can’t retarget ads to you across the web.
Automatic strong passwords
Automatically create, autofill, and store strong passwords in Safari and iOS apps. Passwords are stored in iCloud Keychain and are available on all your Apple devices.
Password reuse auditing
Passwords that have been reused will be flagged in the passwords list, so you can quickly navigate to the app or website and replace it with an automatically generated strong password.
Security code AutoFill
SMS one-time passcodes will appear automatically as AutoFill suggestions, so you never have to worry about quickly memorizing them or typing them again.
Easily share and receive passwords from nearby iOS devices, from an iOS device to a Mac, and from an iOS device to Apple TV.
Password Manager API
Access passwords stored in third-party password managers directly from the QuickType bar in apps and in Safari (requires third-party adoption).
The Apple Books app has been completely redesigned to make it easier for you to discover and read your favorite books. Access your current book or start a new one in the Reading Now tab, visit the new bookstore, and organize your library with more flexible collections.
The redesigned Stocks app keeps you more informed about the market. View prices at a glance in the customizable watch list. Tap any ticker to see key details and an interactive chart. And for the first time ever, Stocks is available on iPad as well as iPhone.
Voice Memos has been redesigned and is available on iPad. It’s even easier to capture your personal reminders, edit class lectures, or share family moments. And with iCloud, you can record on your iPhone or iPad and harness the power of your Mac to do even more.
More battery information
The battery usage chart in Settings now shows your usage for the last 24 hours or 10 days. Tap a bar to see your app use for that period of time.
iOS 12 for iPad includes updated gestures that make it easier to navigate. You can now go to the Home screen by quickly swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Get to Control Center more conveniently with a swipe from the top-right corner.
Turn the QuickType keyboard into a trackpad on devices without 3D Touch by touching and holding the space bar.
Enjoy three new language dictionaries: an Arabic and English bilingual dictionary, a Hindi and English bilingual dictionary, and a Hebrew dictionary.
Get synonyms and related concepts for words with English Thesaurus.
New markup tools
When you mark up a screenshot or PDF or draw in Notes, you can now choose from more colors, line weights, and opacities for each tool.
Favicons in Safari on iPad
View website favicons on tabs in Safari to identify your open tabs at a glance.
Automatic software update
A new option allows iOS software updates to be installed automatically, so you always have the latest. When you enable this setting, software updates will be installed overnight.