Back in 2018 with iOS 12, Apple introduced Screen Time. This is basically Apple’s way to showing users how much time they spend on their phones and apps, and is a way for the company to encourage users to put their devices down. It also allows parents to set time limits on how long their kids can spend on their mobile devices.
When it comes to software updates, Apple actually does a pretty good job of keeping its devices updated for as long as possible. This means that sometimes, devices that are 4-5 years old will still be on the receiving end up major updates. In fact, as if to prove a point, Apple has released an update in the form of iOS 12.4.2.
If you’re an iPhone user and you’re encountering some issues with the phone’s Portrait Mode, then you might want to update your phone. This is because Apple has recently issued an update to its iOS operating system where it will bump it up to version 12.3.2. As you might be able to tell by the version number, this is less about new features and more about bug fixes.
Recent reports have highlighted that Apple has systematically been removing third-party time tracking and parental control apps from the App Store over the past year. This has led to severe problems for developers who had built their businesses around these apps and has even led to an antitrust lawsuit. Apple’s Phil Schiller has now explained the reason for these app removals.
If there is one thing even the most ardent Android fan has to admire, it would be how quickly iOS updates are released to all of its users. In fact the latest iOS install numbers are proving themselves to be very impressive as iOS 12 appears to have since been installed on 80% of iOS devices to date.
Apple has been steadily building privacy-related features into its Safari browser on mobile. For example previously they had built in protection that prevented users from being tracked across websites, much to the dismay of many advertisers, and it looks like an upcoming feature in iOS 12.2 could further annoy advertisers.
One of the digital wellbeing initiatives introduced by Apple in recent times is Screen Time. This basically gives users an overview of how much time they’ve spent on their phone, and which apps that they have been using the most. It can also be used to limit how long they spend on certain apps a day.
After years of not bothering with its iPod lineup anymore, it was a bit of a surprise to learn that Apple could actually be thinking of releasing an updated iPod touch four years after the last generation. Now it looks like there is evidence of that rumor being true according to developer Steve Troughton-Smith who discovered references made to the iPod touch in the iOS 12.2 beta.
With Apple’s new iPad Pros launched last year, Apple finally brought Face ID technology to its iPads. We expect that this trend will continue this year, but unfortunately it won’t be for the iPad or iPad mini refresh that we have been hearing about. This is according to developer Steve Troughton-Smith who discovered references made to new iPads in the iOS 12.2 beta.
Last year Apple announced their acquisition of Texture, which for those unfamiliar is a magazine subscription service that gives users access to unlimited magazines for a fixed price a month, which some have dubbed as the Netflix for magazines. It was rumored that Apple’s acquisition was part of the company’s plans for a similar service of its own, which we now know to be true.
We’ve heard that Apple could be working on a new set of AirPods. It is anyone’s guess as to what these new AirPods could feature, but if there is one feature that has more or less been confirmed, it would be support for the “Hey Siri” command where users can speak to Siri directly from the AirPods without having to tap on them.
Apple’s iOS platform has never really struggled with adoption, largely thanks to Apple’s way of distributing the update in which it is made available to everyone at once, making it quick and easy for users to update to the latest version. This is why the latest iOS adoption figures don’t really come as a surprise.
Apple had recently released the iOS 12.1.2 update which according to the changelog, was supposed to address some cellular connectivity issues affecting the iPhones over in Turkey. While the update might have fixed that problem for some, it appears to have created the same problem for others who were not experiencing issues before.
It has been less than six months since Apple released iOS 12, but it seems that three quarters of iOS devices have been found to be running the software. This is according to the numbers by Mixpanel in which it suggests that iOS 12 adoption has managed to cross slightly above the 75% mark, putting it well ahead of iOS 11’s adoption rate.
Updates are usually seen as good things because they typically contain things like bug fixes, performance improvements, new features, and so on. However in the case of Twitter user Rocky Mohamadali, it seems that recently updating his iPhone X to iOS 12.1 had less than desirable results.
The Do Not Disturb (aka DND) mode on iOS 11 was not much useful – a lot of users request for a change (to make it more accessible and useful). And, finally, we have an improved DND feature on iOS 12.
It was previously reported that Apple could release iOS 12.1 tomorrow, the 30th of October. Given that Apple will be hosting an event on that date where new iPads and Mac computers could be announced, it makes sense, but official confirmation is always good. Apple has since been more than happy to oblige by officially confirming the release for the 30th of October.
Apple will be hosting an event on the 30th of October where it is largely expected that there will be new iPad and Mac related announcements. However there will also be other news on that day, such as the possible release of iOS 12.1. This is according to 9to5Mac who have heard from various carrier sources.
Some of the features that Apple announced earlier this year that would be making its way onto iOS devices was group FaceTime and also dual SIM support for its new iPhones. However neither of these features were launched with the release of iOS 12 and also with the release of the new iPhones.
According to the rumors, the 2018 iPad Pros are expected to feature Face ID. We have seen evidence of that in the iOS 12 code, although for the most part many seem to believe that Face ID will only work in landscape mode. However according to a tweet by 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo, it looks like it will work in portrait mode as well.