Making the most of iOS 12's Siri Shortcuts

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If you value your device's security you'll want to install the iOS 12 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch sooner rather than later.

If you need your phone during the day, there's also the option to Install Tonight, which will do exactly that-install iOS 12 while you sleep, provided your device is plugged in. "Camera launches up to 70 percent faster, the keyboard appears up to 50 percent faster and typing is more responsive". I'm running it on the oldest model that supports iOS 12 - an iPhone 5s from 2013 - and the speed and stability of iOS 12 has brought that old phone out of retirement, as a modern walkman for my child. You can do that today with the release of iOS 12.

Apple's new iOS 12 update comes with a long list of changes including performance enhancements and features like Screen Time and Siri Shortcuts.

If you've been considering a smartwatch purchase, the Apple Watch is as good a choice as any - it can track your steps and heart rate like any other fitness band, but it also offers a pretty wide range of other features, including Siri functionality, ring-based health goal tracking, and built-in cellular connectivity.

There are quire a few new Animoji features, if you're using the newest of devices (anything in the X family).

Unsurprisingly, iOS 12 is the most feature-packed of the group.

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Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch might reboot itself once or twice as the installation process starts finishing up, but don't be alarmed.

Apple has released iOS 12 and watchOS 5 to the public. We don't expect the iOS 12 launch to be any different in 2018.

Apple News is redesigned to make it easier to discover new channels and topics or jump straight to favorites, with a new sidebar on iPad and the Channels tab on iPhone.

We all know we spend too much time on our phones, and even Apple is aware of it. When enabled, any notifications will not show up on your lock screen.

Of course, iOS 12 is not the end of the road for iOS development. You can use these new Memoji and Animoji on iMessage, and on FaceTime - which, by the way - are getting major updates. If any widespread issues affect the iOS community, we'll be sure to pass on the details. Here's the interesting thing: this time I went with the over the air method of installing the update because that is a real test of the firmware as it keeps your previous settings in place while installing new underlying software. Did you miss a phone call? Hopefully it's going to be easy enough for non-nerds to start using it, was it really is a useful feature. I've also been annoyed by the constant nagging of utility apps asking to control other apps or access privacy-protected data.