Since Apple’s acquisition of digital magazine service Texture, there have been speculations
Apple has rolled out its latest iOS 12.1.1 update for iPhone and iPad devices. The update
WhatsApp for iOS Brings Latest Updates
Lets dive deeper into these new WhatsApp feature for iOS:
WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection feature:
After hitting Android, the feature is now available for iOS users as well. The feature, as name implies gives users ability to detect Suspicious Links sent in messages. WhatsApp marks a link in the message suspicious if it found that link dubious. Moreover, the user is alerted with a message if he tries to open the link. Alongside the feature, WhatsApp has also released a new FAQ related to the Suspicious Links feature.
WhatsApp Notification Extensions:
This is another unique feature that iOS users get with the latest WhatsApp update. The feature is exclusive to the users having iOS 10 and newer. Using the Notification Extension feature, users can preview the photos and GIFs in notifications and download the media directly from notification. To enable the media preview to work, it’s required to swipe down on the notification.
iOS 12 Beta Availability:
Reportedly, iOS 12 beta will be released in three installments: for developers, for public beta testers, and one final version for general iOS users. As of now, the iOS 12 public beta is available for download. The final version of the operating system will be rolled out in September for general users.
iOS 12 Beta Device Support:
iOS 12 will support almost every version of iPhones and iPads released since 2013.
Top 15 Latest iOS 12 Features
As stated, iOS 12 is designed and developed with focus on improvement to quality and performance. Following are some of the latest iOS 12 Features that will be compatible to all iPhones and iPads.
1. Performance updates:
Apple has already stated that iOS 12 will be an upgraded version of iOS 11 with an
aim to doubling down on performance. With the latest version of operating system, apps would launch up to 40 per cent faster. Simply put, everything that supports iOS 11 will support iOS 12. (contd.: latest iOS 12 Features)
2. USDZ file format
With iOS 12, Apple will bring a new file format called USDZ. The format file is meant for AR based files. Apple worked with Pixar to make the new file format. The format works in multiple apps and is widely supported by tech giants like Adobe and Autodesk. With feature in place, iOS app will let users take images and text and put it in AR.
3. Measure app
With iOS 12, Apple takes AR at a new level. The new AR measurement tool called Measure can measure and detect real-world objects. The app has two tabs namely measure and level with additional features like a camera view, which lets you tap, drag a line, and measure.
4. ARKit 2
In the latest update, Apple adds more powerful features to ARKit including face tracking, realistic rendering, 3D object detection, persistent experiences, and shared experiences. With ARKit2, users can have single AR experience used on multiple iPhones.
5. Apple Photos
Apple Photos will also get some notable improvements with latest iOS 12 Features. Apple Photos brings a new “For You” tab with an “On this day” section featuring existing memories, looping Live Photos, Portrait photos, and more. Users may also use different photo editing tools that ‘For You’ tab suggests. The updated Apple Photos app allows users perform multiple search terms and get suggestions for multiple search terms.
6. Siri Shortcuts
The update gets a new Shortcuts app that enables users have an “Add to Siri” button that works with your own search phrase. You tap it, record a custom phrase, and then you can say it to Siri. Siri will execute the task as per the instructions given. (contd.: latest iOS 12 Features)
7. Apple News
For news lovers, Apple News is getting a new “Browse” tab and a new sidebar on the iPad. Apple News is now getting built into Stocks as well.
8. Apple Stocks
Apple’s iOS 12 gets an updated ‘Stocks app’ with Apple News tucked inside. So, now you browse latest news capsules while checking out your investments portfolio. The feature is coming to iPad as well.
9. Voice Memos
Apple has made major improvements to its Voice Memos. The app is now completely rebuilt and coming to the iPad and Mac. Voice Memos also support iCloud so you can sync recordings, Apple added.
10: Apple Books
Apple Books is now coming with a new name and a new design. The app gets a new “Reading now” section that will show you where you were left off.
11. CarPlay third-party integrations
With iOS 12, CarPlay is getting third-party navigation support. Now CarPlay users can access Google Maps and Waze.
Notifications improvements will also be an integral part of this latest update that brings a slew of latest iOS 12 Features . A new “Do not disturb during bedtime” function will hide notifications on a device’s lock screen at night. By hard pressing this function users can easily set a time limit for it as well.
A new ‘grouped notifications’ feature is also coming with this update that help users to group notifications from same app into one notification and customise notifications from the lock screen. (contd.: latest iOS 12 Features)
Screentime is an innovative feature that’s coming to this update. The new iOS feature will show you how much you use your phone with a weekly activity summary with a graph. Users can also set time limits for each app.
The feature will show you various stats about your app use including how long you are using each app for, when you’re using each app, how often you unlock your phone, and which app serves up the most notifications. Using the feature, you can also limit how much you use an app each day.
14. Animoji and Memoji
With the update, Apple brings Tongue Detection feature to Animoji. Another new addition to the update is a Memoji feature. The feature helps you make an Animoji of yourself by selecting your skin colour, hair, etc. Then, you can pull up the camera in iMessage to add effects. Users can also do a live recording of the Animoji.
15. Grouped FaceTime calls
Apple’s iOS 12 beta will now allow users do group FaceTime calls with up to 32 people. Apple will ship this feature in a future software update later this year.
Firefox 12 for iOS : New Features
Starting with download feature that lets users download files using Firefox 12 browser. These files can be viewed later. The feature appears to be very handy in case you want to read a document but you are in hurry. In that case you can download the files to your mobile device and then share it in the main menu. All the downloaded files are stored in downloads folder.
Link management is another major addition with the new version. Now the app gets one-stop menu to give you choices on what to do with the link. From opening a link directly in Firefox to adding it to your bookmark or creating a reading list to sending lists to another device, all that’s now linked to your Firefox account and can be managed from a single place.
And last, but not the least, a synchronization option in place. The improved synchronization feature lets users sync Mozilla on your connected devices. More information on this is available on official Mozilla Blog.
Firefox 12 for iOS Gets Link Management
WhatsApp Update Version 2.18.22
Another feature that arrives in the update is the ‘@’ mentions button in group chats. The @ button will enable users to traverse through unread messages in which you were mentioned. WhatsApp for Android already rolled out the voice to video toggle feature last month.
The WhatsApp v2.18.22 update has been listed on iPhone App Store along with a changelong status that reads:
Microsoft Outlook for iOS Updated
The most significant change that comes with the app is the ability to search for emails, files, and contacts in multiple accounts from a single search box. In addition to that, the update gets a new sport for the search icon, at the bottom of Outlook.
You can tap this new icon to access top contacts, upcoming itineraries, package deliveries and recent attachments. Now, all contacts and files will be integrated directly into the new search experience and can be accessed by tapping on the headers of different sections.
With this update, Microsoft has brought a new set of filters with Outlook app. These filters will allow you to organize your search. Now, users can search on a single Outlook account from the menu inside the search bar, or filter the results to short emails with attachments.
All the above changes would be rolled out to iOS devices in the next few weeks.
WhatsApp Payment Feature Arrives
The feature is reportedly available for the WhatsApp users using the WhatsApp version 2.18.21 for iOS, and version 2.18.41 for Android. The integration would indeed be a solid boost to digital payments if comes in a full swing.
GizmoTimes reported that the WhatsApp payment feature is currently available to select users of the beta app in India. Users can access the feature in a chat window through the Attachments menu. The option is given alongside other options such as Gallery, Video and Documents etc. When user clicks Payments option, a disclaimer window, followed by a list of banks to choose from.
Now user can select a bank account to connect with a particular UPI. In case you don’t have an UPI account, you will be asked to create one through the UPI app or your respective bank’s website/ app.
Similarly, you will be promoted to create an authentication pin if you haven’t yet used the UPI payments platform. To send/ receive money via WhatsApp, it’s a pre-requisite that both sender and receiver must have the WhatsApp Payments feature. Since the feature is being tested and still under development, some users may face difficulties in linking their bank accounts to the app.
Apple Joins iOs and Mac Apps
A report published in Bloomberg suggested that the company is planning apps that will be adjustable to either of the platforms they’re running on. These apps will support touch input on an iPhone or an iPad and mouse and trackpad input on a Mac.
The report further states that the concept of combined apps could be a reality next year. There are fair chances that they they’d likely be announced in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
By allowing app developers to create app for two platforms at a time, Apple aims at making it easier and faster for updates and new apps to arrive on the Mac.
Now the moot question is how Apple will realize its plan. It’s yet to be seen if macOS will emulate portions of iOS, or if developers will still be required to code two separate apps.
This isn’t the first occasion tech conglomerate is doing any such thing. Earlier, Microsoft has tried this with Universal Windows Platform apps by allowing developers to create apps that run across Windows, Windows phones, the Xbox, HoloLens, and even the Surface Hub.