iOS 12 & watchOS 5 Review

by birtanpublished on May 21, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and it's that time of year iOS 12 on the iPhone and the iPad we're gonna cover what's new and if you should upgrade today and also Apple watch OS 5 and right now I can tell you yes you should upgrade because several months ago Apple said instead of focusing on whiz-bang G new features they were going to focus on stability and performance improvements sort of like Microsoft did when they went to Windows 10 which you might have discovered if you actually do use Windows occasionally before better on weaker hardware the same thing is true here now we're testing on the iPhone 8

Plus the iPhone 10 and in our office some older iPhone Mouse and when they said 40% faster launching apps semi present faster swiping to get to the cameras like yeah you never seen that slow but I did notice some apps like if for those use OneNote it always launched solely my grocery shopping list app always launched salty anyway suddenly it was like wow boom it was right there that's nice to see for especially for those of you who are keeping your phone so you don't upgrade every year which a lot of people don't especially because iPhones are expensive so on that premise

Alone before we even tell you about what else is new performance wise and stability wise this is a go even in the betas it was very stable because they want to make a point of making it stable with iOS 11 last year it was a rocky start there were bugs now to be fair in part because there was a lot of fundamental changes to support the whole new hardware design that they were doing with the iPhone 10 the edge station displayed the whole knotch support the new kinds of cameras they were using so this year there's less of that going on they could focus on that good stuff so

Let's talk about the other stuff now first up something that touches all of us notifications even if you're an iOS fanboy or fangirl you have to admit that iOS is handling of notifications is just not all there and awesome especially compared to something like Android well they have done some improvements here including grouped notifications so for example I have a ring doorbell though so you follow me on Twitter know that because we have problems with things like the lizard's crawling around on the walls and setting off the ring doorbell so I might get like three notifications

Pretty much rapid-fire his Stenberg swipe and swipe and swipe now they're grouped together so you can remove the whole group of them together which is fantastic because a swipe itis was a disease for iOS also now you right there in the notification shade you can manage is a little third option that says manage your notifications here so if you decide that this is just too darned annoying you can do something about it next thing is FaceTime you can now FaceTime with up to 32 people are you that popular even I'm not that popular

And jeez I'm on YouTube right but I think it's probably more family reunions businesses and probably still you won't hit 32 people but group FaceTime is now a thing and last year we had an emojis so this here we have me emoji so what is that because of the processing power on these phones and the the fancy-pants camera that's on the iPhone 10 the 10s and the 10s max those million phones will support this you can do basically constant animated emoji use a carrot cartoon character versions of you if you wish to be a koala bear or a tiger while you're doing FaceTime you can do it so

The whole time that you're facetiming its the emoji version of you okay for those of you who are students you can now use basically the wallet app to carry a digital version of your student ID card and there's several universities that are supporting that already the Photos app has been revamped it now supports raw editing on the iPhone and the iPad both and speaking of a premium some of them have gotten more full-featured and more modern looking like the stocks app that pretty much just showed the stocks and nothing else well now it actually shows you lots of

Information about what's going on in the world today of business and if you tap on a particular stock there's a new list you can get up-to-date information more quickly and more easily and on the iPad it's kind of like a mini Bloomberg presentation it's very nice iBooks is now called Apple Book said it's got a redesign as well and probably the most interesting thing there is that the the store application functionality within that now looks more like the app store so it's more consistent kind of looking it does look better too for those who have a our cameras supporting

Your phones well it can now measure things this is not exactitude this is not you just bought a fine art painting and you want to measure the canvas to get a frame made for it this is pretty close enough like you want to look at that couch there an Ikea and see if that's basically gonna fit in your big room that sort of thing so it's pretty neat that you can do that and it's pretty easy to do for those of you who have DND mode but your information junkies and you can't stop yourself from waking up and looking at your phone screen there's an option so don't have a

Panic attack there's an option then really put it to super D&D mode which means it's not going to show any notifications on screen until it's time for you to get up also in the spirit of phone health shall we say where people use their phones too much there's a new function that allows you to keep track of what you're doing how much you're using your phone how many times a day you use it when you discover you picked up your phone 500 times in a day you realize you might have a problem also it's gonna tell you how much you're using each application so for those who

Are addicted to the latest games you're gonna find out how that is or if you spent too much time on Facebook whatever it is again this is up to you you don't have to use this it's up to you if you do want to use them hooking into that kind of functionality where the phone actually knows what you're doing with all that sort of thing the battery information has gotten more granular too so it tells you how much screen on time this is getting a little bit more like Android how which applications you're spending the most time in in a given hour so you can actually see 2 p.m. 3

P.m. 4 p.m. there's a little graph of how much screen on time so when you're wondering where your battery life went it's gonna help you figure it out a little more clearly Safari Nana has enhanced tracking protection you know how creepy it is when you're looking at that laptop on some website thinking about it and it follows you around in every single ad for a week the attempt here is to try to prevent that to block that sort of tracking so every time you look at some kind of product even if you went ahead and bought it its dollar ghost tracks

You everywhere good also if you're doing social shares that sort of thing by default it's not going to share your location which is kind of good because some of us don't really want to be stopped carplay now supports third party navigation because well you know Apple maps so if you'd rather use something like Google Maps and not have it tell you to go drive in a river you can do that so Siri she's still trying to get smarter and to be fair to Apple part of the reason Siri isn't seemingly as smart as Google's assistant sometimes even Amazon Alexa is because Apple is very

Focused on privacy they don't want to track all that sort of data and pull it back to the service for interpretation and all that sort of thing but still there are things that Siri can do on the phone to make your life easier she can look at your habits if you haven't do the same daily rituals the same sort of thing she can start to suggest automated things that she can do you can create shortcuts on the home screen because you always do a set certain number of things at a certain time every day she also now supports food information so from the USDA

Database of food and nutrition you can find out just health how healthy or unhealthy that thing is that you're thinking about eating next and she can help you find your iPhone your iPad and even your air pods so on the iPad there's really only two big changes there and finally support for gestures and if you're like me and you have a both an iPhone in an iPad you start to feel awful stupid because you're used to those i phone gestures right where you swipe down from the right and you've got control center which used to do nothing on the iPad inexplicably and swiping up

From the top to do multitasking likewise did nothing well now they both do do something they do the same thing as they do on your iPhone so the swipe up is a quick way to multitask and get to your home screen and if you want to get to Control Center without you know leaving an application you can swipe down and adjust your brightness or do whatever it is you need for watch iOS there's a several health things of an added you've got yoga and and hiking now supported for exercise apps you have low heart rate monitoring for those who have extremely low heart beats and that sort

Of thing and also yeah we finally have automatic workout detection so if you started running for the bus and it's a pretty good long run you'll get credit for that or if you're like me and you go and you start a run and you forget to hit the I'm starting the exercise button on your watch it will figure it out and give you credit for that also another thing it's easy to forget is you're done with your workout you go running into the shower is to actually tell it that you finished it also has automatic workout and detection as well you no longer have to say hey Siri to your

Watch you can just raise your hand and do it instead finally after a weird glitch and I in watch OS for podcasts are back we have a dedicated podcast app now and it supports offline podcast playback and offline playlist playing – so third-party applications like Spotify include it as well so yay for those of you who have an watch and don't want to pay for streaming over LTE by the way all watches except for the original 2015 model are eligible for watch OS 5 let's say there's a walkie talkie feature now both you and your walkie talkie partner

Have to have an Apple watch but then you can just talk to each other real-time anytime you want supports voice voice and anything else just voice but it's kind of cool so there you have it that's what's new in iOS 12 and watch OS 5 I'm Lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos including reviews of the iPhone 10s and the 10s Macs and eventually the iPhone 10 our

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