This fall, Apple will release its next mobile operating system, iOS 12. Over the last year, Apple has been closely watching feedback from iOS 11 to address complaints of bugs and performance issues. Early previews of iOS 12 look to make large strides to limit the number of bugs and increase the performance of not only new iPhones but iPhones dating back to the 5s. Even better, iOS 12 should help business users better manage notifications, improve conference video calling and limit screen time as needed.

Under the hood of iOS, Apple has made several improvements to improve performance and manage battery life. When iOS 12 is released, you can expect to see the camera load up to 70% faster and the keyboard to appear up to 50% faster. Additionally, apps can be launched up to 2x faster, even under heavy workloads. To the business user, this means the ability to switch between multiple apps will be improved up to two-fold. Savvy business users will be able to quickly toggle between email, the calendar, and Office 365 and should not notice any performance issues even when multitasking.

With the popularity of video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings, Apple has made improvements to FaceTime to help make it a video conference contender. Facetime in iOS12 will support up to 32 callers on the same call. This can help to organize an office meeting for workers you have in remote locations or to set up a video call with a client located in another city. Within the call, whoever is speaking will have a larger presence than the other video callers, and as the conversation moves to other people, FaceTime will continue to highlight who is doing to talking.

Apple has also improved the notification system within iOS 12. We all have ¬†days when it feels like our phones show us hundreds of notifications after a meeting. iOS 12 introduces new ways to manage all of these notifications and potentially limit notifications during specific times of the day. For example, if you do not want to see Facebook notification during a meeting, you can request iOS to deliver the notifications quietly. This will allow the badge icon for Facebook to display the notification alert, but nothing will be displayed on the lock screen and no sound will be played. You can also quickly disable an app’s notifications with the new operating system. On top of the notification changes, do not disturb can now be set to enable during events on your calendar. This allows do not disturb to automatically enable and disable itself as you go through your workday.

We expect iOS to be released in September of this year for both iPhone and iPad. As always, it may be best to wait a few weeks after the release to ensure bugs within the new operating system are worked out. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Matt Appleton, Senior Applications and Desktop Support Specialist, at appleton@plummerslade.com or 412-261-5600 x211