Apple is set to begin the process of rolling out the latest version of its iOS operating system to users of iPhones, iPads and iPod devices.
From 18:00 BST today (Monday September 17th), owners of compatible devices will be able to upgrade their device, either through an over-the-air download or via iTunes on Mac or PC.
All iPhone devices going as far back as the iPhone 5s will be able to run the updated system, as will iPads going as far back as the fifth-generation devices, iPad Pros, iPad Airs and iPad minis from version two and later. Sixth-generation iPod touch gadgets will also be able to run the software.
First announced back in June, iOS 12 brings a range of upgrades to Apple’s mobile devices. For instance, it has been designed to be faster and more responsive than previous versions, with Apple claiming that the camera app opens 70 per cent faster, while the keyboard appears up to 50 per cent faster and typing is more responsive.
As is the case in Google’s Android Pie, there are also a range of wellbeing features, such as Screen Time, which can provide daily and weekly activity reports that show users detailed information and tools to help them better manage how much time they spend on apps and websites.
The Do Not Disturb during Bedtime mode also dims the display and hides all notifications on the lock screen until prompted in the morning, to help people get a better night’s sleep.
Other new features include improved augmented reality capabilities, a group chat mode for Facetime and a range of new, personalised emojis.
Speaking at the launch of the operating system, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, said: “With iOS 12, we’re enabling new experiences that weren’t possible before. We’re using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri.”