IOS 12 Rumors: Siri Improvements, Animoji FaceTime, Do Not Disturb And More

IOS 12 Rumors: Siri Improvements, Animoji FaceTime, Do Not Disturb And More

According to Bloomberg's sources, Apple will now start working on next two years of updates and engineers are now given the discretion to put new features on the backburner if they feel the code is not polished enough for shipping. First up, iPhone X's favourite Animoji feature will be getting an upgrade, with the introduction of new characters and an improved navigation menu. Reports by various outlets have drawn attention to the necessity of Apple going back to the basics and focus on what their iOS has always been known for: stability and performance. Instead of investing those huge profits into making a more durable and longlasting device, Apple has shown that each generation they will not only do the bare minimum but find more ways to take advantage of their loyal customers who are responsible for their success.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is reporting that Apple plans to bring Animoji to the iPad thanks to the release of a new model of the tablet that features the company's Face ID module. Still expected this year is a redesign of the Stock app and an updated version of Do Not Disturb that gives users more options for automatically rejecting phone calls or silencing notifications. You can still expect iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 this Fall (and probably new versions of watchOS and tvOS), but the WWDC keynote might be a bit shorter than in previous years. Apple has faced plenty of criticism lately due to various software issues or feature delays, prompting many to wonder why the company isn't deploying the same kind of near-perfect software experiences of the past.

Some iPad-specific features are said to have been delayed until 2019.

This functionality will also be folded into Apple's MacOS 10.14 update, codenamed "Liberty", and will see some of Apple's own iPhone apps, including Home, coming to the firm's desktop OS. The more interesting addition is group chat, a feature Apple introduced years ago with the Mac video calling app iChat, but removed - and never restored - when it introduced FaceTime for iOS devices. The list includes a redesigned home screen for the iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay, and a revamped Photos app that can suggest what images to view. The iPad will reportedly get tabs within apps so you can run several windows inside a single app, and also run these windows from the same app side by side. Informants also mentioned a number of new features that will in fact be the old - in particular, animage will be available on the iPad, plus they build in FaceTime. Traditionally, Apple has released major iOS updates on an annual cycle. Does a software update with a bevy of new features excite you, or a stable release with relatively lesser new features?

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