iOS 12 is here and ready to add a bunch of new features to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Most notably, Apple focused on improving overall performance for all iOS devices. That’s not really a feature that can be shown in screenshots but has to be experienced firsthand. So, here are the 7 Hidden features of iOS 12:
Do Not Disturb adds location awareness
iOS 12 introduces more granular control to the Do Not Disturb feature aimed at silencing notifications and other distractions. Long-press on the Do Not Disturb icon in iOS 12’s Control Center, and you’ll see a new option — one that lets you toggle the feature on for as long as you’re at your current location.
Face ID now supports a second face
With iOS 12, you can enroll a second face for Face ID authentication on devices that support the feature. To be clear, this doesn’t have to be somebody else’s mug. If your appearance drastically changes for any reason, and the preexisting facial data isn’t meshing with what the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera sees, you can add a second portrait of yourself to keep from getting locked out of your iPhone.
iPad gets iPhone X-like menu bar
In a change that appears to foreshadow a future iPad with a controversial iPhone X-style notch, Apple has rearranged the menu bar at the top of the screen on its tablets. The date and time have been moved to the left side, just like they appear on Apple’s flagship handset. Meanwhile, the battery indicator as well as other icons move to the right.
Custom skip durations in Apple podcasts
One of the major reasons podcast addicts tend to gravitate away from Apple’s built-in app and toward third-party options is customization. The stock iOS app simply doesn’t offer the wealth of settings you’ll find in alternatives on the App Store.
Trackpad feature comes to all iOS devices
If you have a 3D Touch-enabled iPhone, you’ve been able to turn the on-screen keyboard into a trackpad with just a firm press on the screen. iOS 12 extends that handy feature to all iOS devices. Just press down on the space bar, and the other keys will disappear.
New 3D Touch shortcuts
As for 3D Touch, it can feel like that forgotten iOS feature that can actually be extremely useful, provided you remember it exists. And in iOS 12, Apple adds a few new shortcuts for particular apps when you press firmly on their icons.
Additional Siri accents
Right now, Siri offers just three accents in English: American, Australian and British, with both male and female variants. With iOS 12, Siri will gain Irish and South African voices.