The first iOS 12 public beta has been out for a few weeks giving beta testers plenty of time to discover all the new features not highlighted by Apple. The Cupertino company's main focus has been on performance. iOS 12 promises to be faster, more responsive, and "more delightful," according to the official preview page, but that doesn't mean there are no new bells and whistles. Here are 5 noteworthy iOS 12 features that didn't make Apple's initial WWDC keynote:
One of the more useful built-in features of iOS is the dictionary. Looking up words on the iPhone is easy with a long press or by using 3D Touch. Since the launch of iOS 12, Apple has added a new feature to the built-in dictionary. Users can quickly access a thesaurus as well. This makes it possible to find similar words or synonyms that are related to the target word.
While several third party measuring apps have been developed since ARKit debuted last year, iOS 12 introduces Apple's own augmented reality measuring app. Measure uses the iPhone's camera to measure distances between user selected points, a feature that has probably been in the minds of many ever since the first smartphone cameras arrived on the scene.
There was a time when quickly moving the iOS keyboard cursor was impossible. Back in 2012 the jailbreak tweak SwipeSelection showed iPhone users there was a better way. Apple added its own trackpad mode with the introduction of 3D Touch. The iPhone 6s was first to support the feature, which converts the keyboard into a trackpad for moving the cursor quickly around text.
Apple unveiled iOS 12 during its WWDC keynote on June 4th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Early testers have praised how the the beta has helped the performance of older devices, like the iPhone SE, instead of slowing them down. Animations, switching between apps and all around performance is faster on all devices running iOS 12. While the focus of the new firmware is primarily speed and stability, iOS 12 does come with a few noteworthy new features. Here are a few worth getting excited about: