Since the release of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X back in September of 2017, we haven’t received too many updates about what Apple has been working on. But today, all that changed because Apple just revealed a ton of info about iOS 12 at its annual WWDC conference, and it’s coming soon.
First, Apple announced several small updates. One new feature is Memoji, which is an animated emoji you can make of yourself. The animated emoji can include hair, skin tone, even accessories like sunglasses. There will also be Siri updates and a new app called Shortcuts, which will allow you to program Siri with automated tasks like calling your mom on her birthday.
But the most exciting of all has got to be the new group FaceTime feature. Yes, eight years after FaceTime was released, we will finally be able to video chat with more than one person. In fact, you will be able to FaceTime up to 32 people at once and you can even go straight from a group chat to a video chat. Pretty amazing, right?
Don’t worry, your screen won’t be filled with 32 little boxes. When someone in the group starts talking, their tile will get bigger. You can also double tap to bring someone front and center. And if you’d like, you can even use that new Memoji instead of your video during a group FaceTime.
At their conference today, Apple also announced several other new features, like better image searchability within camera roll, improved augmented reality and 3-D capability and an improved and updated voice memo. “For iOS 12, we are doubling down on performance,” software VP Craig Federighi said onstage, which means that iPhones should perform much faster than they currently do and apps should open faster.
So, when can we have all these amazing new features? The iOS 12 update should be available later this fall. Apple usually rolls out new updates mid-September, but we’re still waiting for an exact date from Apple. The new iOS will be available to download on all phones and iPads that currently have iOS 11 installed.