WWDC 2018: Apple unveils iOS 12 features, emojis and release date


Apple's CarPlay is getting an update many users have long desired. Same goes for any iPad released since 2013. Apple is also launching a new Shortcuts app that lets users create their own Siri commands. That's a huge deal, and it's just the tip of the iceberg for Apple's new iOS 12 release.

USDZ file format specification is already publicly and openly available online (link) and it's really a big deal. When an in-game building caught fire, one player added a fire truck to the world while the other used a helicopter to save the Lego people trapped inside.

"Creating and playing with physical LEGO sets brings great joy to millions of children and LEGO fans all over the world".

There's also improvement to Siri Suggestions. You can search by activities, events, locations, vacations, items.

Photos will even recommend effects you can apply to your photos (tastefully, of course).

Apple even demonstrated that ARKit could reveal the interior of a physical set and apply animations to make it come alive within the virtual scene. And finally, watchOS 5 will introduce a new Walkie-Talkie feature, which the company called "an entirely new way to communicate with voice and just a tap of the wrist". It's shortcuts. You can create shortcuts for actions Siri could do - like finding your keys, ordering coffee, reserving tables, reminders.

Apple's Craig Federighi details new measures to help you ignore your phone. Like ordering your morning coffee, in case you didn't do that on Monday morning.

The News app is updated with new Browse section, where you can browse by different topics.

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When an ad tracks a user through those "like" buttons, for example, Apple devices will ask users whether they want to allow the tracking to happen. There will be iCloud support, as well.

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Further, Do Not Disturb's new "bedtime" feature will ensure no Candy Crush notifications wake you up, while support for grouped notifications will reduce the amount of time you're distracted by pop-ups. DND is also easy to activate in various forms from the Control Center.

Additionally, Screentime will provide an overview of which apps are sending you the most notifications, and provide a weekly outline of your usage habits.

iOS 12 will bring about more customization options for Do Not Disturb mode.

The developer preview of iOS 12 is available to Apple Developer Program members starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month. Also, for the first time the Home app is coming to Mac, allowing anybody with HomeKit-enabled devices to control them straight from their desktop or laptop.

Animoji: There are four new Animojis: a new tiger, koala, t-rex, and your own Animoji: Memoji. Yes, now you the iPhone X will detect your tongue movements, yay!

Augmented reality (AR), as the WWDC invite suggested, is another big focus in iOS 12, with Apple debuting the second-gen version of its ARKit platform, which boasts improved face tracking, realistic rendering, 3D object detection and shared experiences.