During this week’s annual World Wide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled iOS 12, the latest release in the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads. While the company showed off a number of notable features, including new performance capabilities, screen time, new apps, and more, there are plenty more things that didn’t make it to the big screen.
Here are the 7 best iOS 12 features Apple didn’t reveal during WWDC:
Face ID now supports a 2nd Face
Prior to iOS 12, Face ID, the security authentication protocol of iPhone X, only supported one face. That meant if you had an iPhone X and wanted to share it with your kid, you had to unlock first. With iOS 12, Apple is now allowing users to add a secondary face to Face ID. Simply go to the Face ID settings and click add alternative appearance.
iPhone X gestures on the iPad
In iOS 12, Apple has heavily tweaked the gesture points on iPads to similarly match the iPhone X. As such, swiping up brings you home, swiping down from the top right brings Control Center. Some of the iPad specific gestures remain, such as the spaces and multitasking view, but Apple clearly has in mind a unified experience for users of both devices.
Notably, iOS 12 also moves the clock from the center of the status bar to the left, a design choice clearly made with the idea of a notched iPad coming this fall.
SMS code Autofill
Have you ever visited a website or app and been sent texted a code to verify your identity? Prior to iOS 12, this involved an annoying process of leaving your app, memorizing the code, and returning to the original application. However, in iOS 12, iOS will automatically fill in the code for you in all apps once you receive it, so no more hassle when you have a code to enter.
— 1Password (@1Password) June 5, 2018
Improved password capabilities and autofill
If you don’t already, you should be using some form of password manager. In iOS 12, Apple has greatly improved the built-in iCloud Keychain, which automatically save passwords and syncs them between your devices. Now, the feature will automatically inform you if you are reusing a common password, as well as be able to temporarily share passwords with other devices if you ask for it.
Additionally, Apple has surprisingly added third-party password app support to iOS 12. This means, if you use 1Password for example, you’ll be able to authenticate and use passwords just as you would if you used Apple’s own built-in option.
Siri can also now help you find a password just by asking.
Smoother, faster animations
iOS 12 dramatically speeds up animations across all devices it supports. Even on Apple’s newest iPhone X, things like launching apps or searching in Spotlight are ostensibly instant. These speedups are most noticeable on older devices, where things like apps can launch 2x faster on average.
Apple has quietly improved the portrait modes in iOS 12 to take even better photos, and third-party developers are now able to use the dual camera Portrait feature in their apps. Additionally, Apple has improved RAW photo support, allowing for easier and higher-quality export. The camera shutter now also features haptic feedback.
Do Not Disturb is a big focus in iOS 12, and it is something Apple will heavily push to be enabled on all devices. But what if there is an emergency? Apple will force Do Not Disturb users to enable ‘critical alerts’ which will allow a phone call or message through if more than one is sent in a three minute period.
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Binyamin has been writing about Apple and the tech sector as a whole for over five years.
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Additionally, Goldman is the Founder of BZG, a software development company focusing on Apple devices.