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Thinking about buying the latest iPhone? The new iOS 12 is scheduled for release in September and it has enough fantastic upgrades to convince even the most faithful Android user to ditch their phones.

According to Refinery 29, even Apple customers without the latest iPhone X will have access to some of these exciting new features.


Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives discussed the software upgrade at the annual developers conference, WWDC, at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center.

One fun feature is the Memoji, which uses friends' animated avatars in message threads. Users can customize their hairstyle, color, and even piercings. The feature is also popular thanks to its gender neutral option.

Activate Memoji by opening a new message, tapping on the Animoji icon at the bottom, and scrolling to the plus sign. From there, let the customization begin!

There are four Animojis: a ghost, T-rex, koala, and tiger. Users can bring them to life with expressions. Winking or sticking out your tongue at friends through your phone straddles a fine line between creepy and cute, but it's undeniably a hoot.


The iOS user experience promises to be more streamlined and responsive. Searching through hundreds of photos in your gallery, for example, should be smoother and quicker.

Another perk: tracking battery performance from day to day. The improved Battery tab will allow users to check battery usage habits for up to a 10-day cycle. The new iOS 12 is designed to improve battery life as well.


Another exciting upgrade is the improved augmented reality functionality. Mybroadband said that Apple is teaming with Pixar for a new file format called USDZ.

Ever wanted to measure objects without the hassle of a measuring tape? Look no further! The iPhone's "Measure" function lets users measure 3D objects by tapping and "drawing" a line with the device's camera.

Tired of intrusive notifications? Your upgraded smartphone can help. Instead of receiving a notification every time an Instagram follower "likes" a post, you can organized them in stacks to minimize distractions, and simply tap to expand them.

The "Do Not Disturb" feature can now be customized by pressing and holding the moon icon. Users can choose a time to turn it on and specify how long, as opposed to its prior all or nothing option.

A break from social media can help to keep our sanity in check and discourage us from being glued to our phones all day. To promote the well-being of users, a little reality reset function is available with iOS 12 as part of the digital well-being movement gaining momentum in the tech industry.

Under the new "Screen Time" tab in settings, user can set "downtime" from selected apps like Instagram or emails.




Bring your iMessage photos to life by adding photo effects. Tapping the star icon in the photo app offers many options, including animated shapes and text.

The full iOS 12 upgrade will be available in September, but those wanting to preview the new changes can enroll in the iOS beta program now.

The upgrade will be free, and compatible with iPhones 5s or later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th and 6th generations, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.


H/T - Refinery29, mybroadband, Twitter

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