iOS 12

More power to you.

iOS 12 is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive, and more delightful. Here are the latest features and improvements in the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

Performance

Speed up the things you do every day.

Performance

Speed up the things you do every day.

Whether you’re using your iPhone or iPad, iOS has been enhanced for a faster and more responsive experience all around. Things you do all the time, like launching Camera and typing with the keyboard, happen faster than ever. And there are even more significant improvements when you’re doing a lot on your device at once. These enhancements improve performance on all supported devices, going all the way back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air.

Up to70%faster swipe
to Camera1
Up to50%faster keyboard display1
Up to2xfaster app launch under
heavy workload1
Up to70%faster swipe
to Camera1
Up to50%faster keyboard display1
Up to2xfaster app launch under
heavy workload1

Whether you’re using your iPhone or iPad, iOS has been enhanced for a faster and more responsive experience all around. Things you do all the time, like launching Camera and typing with the keyboard, happen faster than ever. And there are even more significant improvements when you’re doing a lot on your device at once. These enhancements improve performance on all supported devices, going all the way back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air.

FaceTime

FaceTime with up to 32 people at once.

FaceTime

FaceTime with up to 32 people at once.

FaceTime now supports video and audio with up to 32 people at once. The tile of the person speaking gets larger automatically, so you’ll never lose track of the conversation. You can start Group FaceTime right from a group thread in Messages or join an active one at any time.

Memoji

Create an Animoji just for yourself.

Memoji

Create an Animoji just for yourself.

Now you can easily create a Memoji to match your personality and mood. You can make as many alter egos as you want to use in Messages and FaceTime.2

Animoji

Say it with four new Animoji.

Animoji

Say it with four new Animoji.

Choose from four new Animoji — koala, tiger, ghost, or T. rex — to inject some fun into your next Messages thread or FaceTime call. Go ahead and wink or even stick out your tongue, because Animoji are also more expressive than ever.2

Camera Effects

Liven up the conversation.

Camera Effects

Liven up the conversation.

Add personality to Messages and FaceTime right from the in-app camera. Quickly create and share a photo or video with Animoji, Memoji, cool filters, animated text effects, fun stickers, and more.3

Augmented Reality

AR gets so real you can share it with friends.

Augmented Reality

AR gets so real you can share it with friends.

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ARKit 2 makes it possible for developers to create more immersive augmented reality experiences — even ones that multiple people can experience simultaneously.4 AR objects can now be sent with Messages and Mail, then viewed in the real world. And a new AR app in iOS called Measure helps you measure real-world objects just by pointing your camera at them.

Learn more about augmented reality

Screen Time

Be more aware of how you and your kids use your devices.

Screen Time

Be more aware of how you and your kids use your devices.

Apps help us do so many extraordinary things that we can sometimes lose track of how much we use them. Screen Time helps give you a better understanding of the time you and your kids spend using apps, visiting websites, and on your devices overall. So you can make the most of how you choose to spend time on your iPhone or iPad.

Notifications

Easily take control of your notifications.

Notifications

Easily take control of your notifications.

Just as Screen Time gives you more insight into how you use your devices, Instant Tuning gives you new ways to reduce interruptions throughout your day. Manage your notifications in real time from the Lock screen, send notifications from a specific app to Notification Center, or turn them off altogether. Siri also makes intelligent suggestions about your alerts based on how you interact with them. And message threads and notification topics are grouped together, so it’s easier to see what’s important at a glance.

Do Not Disturb

Turn on Do Not Disturb and forget about it.

Do Not Disturb

Turn on Do Not Disturb and forget about it.

iOS 12 gives you more ways to manage your notifications than ever, but there are times when you don’t want to be disrupted by any alerts, messages, or calls at all. So now you can set Do Not Disturb just for a meeting or while you’re at a location, and it will automatically turn off as soon as your event ends or you leave that place.

Photo Sharing

A new way to share your best photos.

Photo Sharing

A new way to share your best photos.

The For You tab shows you great moments from your photo library and intelligently suggests sharing photos with the people in them. And if the recipients are using iOS 12, they’ll be prompted to share their photos from the event with you, too.

Photo Search

A smarter way to search your photos.

Photo Search

A smarter way to search your photos.

Search suggestions help you find the exact photo you’re looking for or rediscover a great one you forgot about. Even before you start typing, you’ll see suggestions for recent events, people, and places. And as you type, the results are smarter and more powerful, and you can refine them by adding multiple keywords.

Siri Shortcuts

Streamline the things you do often with shortcuts.

Siri Shortcuts

Streamline the things you do often with shortcuts.

Siri can now intelligently pair your daily routines with third-party apps to suggest convenient shortcuts right when you need them.5 So if you typically pick up a coffee on the way to work, Siri will learn your routine and suggest when to place your order from the Lock screen. You can also run shortcuts with your voice or create your own with the Shortcuts app.

Privacy

iOS protects your privacy. Even when websites don’t.

Privacy

iOS protects your privacy. Even when websites don’t.

Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right, which is why iOS has always been designed with built-in encryption, on-device intelligence, and other tools that let you share what you want on your terms. And with iOS 12, we’re taking privacy even further. Safari now prevents Share buttons and comment widgets on web pages from tracking you without your permission. Safari also prevents advertisers from collecting your device’s unique characteristics, so they can’t identify your device or retarget ads to you across the web.

And so much more.

The new Apple Books. Apple Books has an all-new design that makes it easier for you to discover, read, and listen to your favorite books and audiobooks.

The redesigned Stocks app. The updated Stocks app helps you keep track of the market with live stock quotes, charts, and the best financial reporting from Apple News. And for the first time ever, it’s available on iPad as well as iPhone.

Voice Memos comes to iPad. The most popular iPhone audio recording app comes to iPad with iCloud, so you can access your voice memos from anywhere.

The best journalism all in one place. Redesigned navigation in Apple News makes it simple to jump straight to your favorite channels and topics or discover new ones.

Automatic strong passwords. Unique, complex passwords for all of your apps and websites are automatically created and saved in Safari and in apps — so you can use more secure passwords without having to remember a thing.

Security code AutoFill. SMS one-time passcodes will appear automatically as AutoFill suggestions, so you never have to worry about memorizing them or typing them again.

Third-party navigation apps in CarPlay. CarPlay now supports third-party navigation apps, giving drivers even more choices for a familiar experience on the dash while they drive.

Siri does even more. Get race stats for motorsports, find answers to food and celebrity questions, quickly look up a password, or search for your favorite memories.

Contactless student ID cards. With contactless student ID cards in Wallet, you can use your iPhone all over campus to access places like your dorm, the library, and events; or pay for laundry, snacks, and dinners.

More battery information. The battery usage chart in Settings now shows your usage for the last 24 hours or 10 days. Tap a bar to see your app use for that period of time.

iOS 12 is compatible with these devices.

iPhone

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

iPad

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad 6th generation
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod

  • iPod touch 6th generation

Developing for iOS 12.

iOS 12 contains enormous possibilities for developers. With ARKit 2, SiriKit, HealthKit, and more, apps are more powerful, let you get more done, and are more integrated into your everyday experiences.

Learn more about developing for iOS 12

See how to upgrade to iOS 12.