iOS 12 to Bring Animoji Support to Facetime and New Animoji Characters to iPhone X Users

Apple’s annual software upgrade this fall will bring plenty of new features for its iPhone users, reports Bloomberg. The company has drastically changed its development program to focus more on crucial elements while pushing some features for a later date. First up, iPhone X’s favourite Animoji feature will be getting an upgrade, with the introduction of new characters and an improved navigation menu. The Animoji characters will also come to the iPad, with the company reportedly working on a model of the tablet with a Face ID camera.

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Apple will also bring Animoji to FaceTime so that iOS users can put virtual emojis over their faces similar to the filters used in Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.

These features will come in the new iOS 12 release codenamed “Peace,” says Bloomberg. The most prominent change is perhaps the Universal Apps feature, which will allow a single set of apps to work on iPhones, iPads and Macs.

Apple will reportedly merge its iOS and Mac App Stores so that users can buy an app once and run it across devices. The universal apps feature will come to Macs with the upcoming macOS 10.14 known internally as “Liberty”. The company is said to bring their own iPhone apps to Mac, including Home app, which controls smart appliances.

The iOS 12 is also said to include improvements to the Do Not Disturb feature, which reportedly will offer more options to automatically reject phone calls and silent notifications. A redesigned version of Apple’s Stocks app and a Digital Health tool to allow parents keep track of their children’s onscreen time are also on the way.

Though Apple will release many of these software features this year, some of the other features may not arrive in time for iOS 12. The redesigned home screens for the iPhone, iPad and CarPlay, and a revamped Photos app won’t come in 2018.

Moreover, iPad users will have to wait until 2019 for significant software updates including a new Tabs feature. The iPad will reportedly get tabs within apps so you can run several windows inside a single app, and also run these windows from the same app side by side.

Other updates that have been pushed back include features for the Apple Pencil stylus. The delay is part of Apple’s plan to allow engineers to work on new features without having to add them in a single annual update.

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8 Comments on "iOS 12 to Bring Animoji Support to Facetime and New Animoji Characters to iPhone X Users"

 

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Jason
February 13, 2018 11:37 pm 11:37 PM

Is the update only for iPhone X users? if so it is a big fail

geek
February 14, 2018 11:28 pm 11:28 PM

Animoji only works on the X ! 12 is for 6 and above.

geek
February 13, 2018 9:20 pm 9:20 PM

Lol enough with the gimmicks. 12 has a lot of ground to cover !! It’ll be the cure to the fkups of 11 !!

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
February 13, 2018 8:43 pm 8:43 PM

Google is actually bringing some cool features like getting information of anything by taking pictures whereas Apple is busy in animojis. Apple is doomed. Throttling phones, code getting leaked, incoming call issues.

geek
February 13, 2018 11:18 pm 11:18 PM

Throttling was just bad PR. Its not inherently a bad idea !!

I’m hopeful that things will iron out for older iPhones models by the time the final 11 release is out !!

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
February 14, 2018 9:54 am 9:54 AM

Yes.. currently i have installed 11.3 beta and believe me after disabling cpu throttling, my phone is running as it used to before. Battery life has taken a hit though. IOS 11 is worst for battery life and 11.3 till now has just increased the pain. I charge my phone twice in a day now.

geek
February 14, 2018 11:32 pm 11:32 PM

iOS 11.3 beta 1 is very good for battery and performance!! stay clear of beta 2 for now, it has some battery issues !!

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
February 15, 2018 1:12 am 1:12 AM

I think battery option was not available on beta 1 so better battery life. In beta 2 you have two options either use slow phone or poor battery life phone. Battery life has degraded a lot after disabling cpu throttling.

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