iOS 12

iOS 12
Version of iOS
IOS 12 logo.svg
iOS 12 running on an iPhone 6
Latest build16H81 (12.5.7)
Release date2018-09-17
iOS 11
Replaced by
iOS 13

iOS 12 (codenamed Peace) is the twelfth version of iOS that was released on 17 September 2018. It was first announced at the WWDC keynote on 4 June 2018.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

iMessage[edit | edit source]

  • Memoji was added which is a customizable Animoji that allows users to create 3D avatars of themselves.
  • The Kola, Ghost, Tiger and T-Rex Animojis were added.
  • New text and GIF effects were added.

Safari[edit | edit source]

  • Updates to Intelligent Tracking Prevention which added the ability to disable social media buttons on websites.

Books[edit | edit source]

  • iBooks was renamed to Apple Books.
  • The app was redesigned which features a design similar to the Music app.
  • The navigation pane was redesigned with five new tabs, including "Reading Now," "Library," "Book Store," "Audio Books," and "Search."

Measure[edit | edit source]

  • A new AR app called Measure was added. The app allows users to take measurements of real-life objects and includes level features that were previously in the Compass app.

FaceTime[edit | edit source]

  • Support for using Memoji and Animoji in FaceTime video calls was added.
  • Support for text and GIF effects in FaceTime video calls was added.
  • iOS 12.1 added support for FaceTime group calling which allows up to 32 people in a FaceTime conversation. The feature is only supported for video calls on devices with a A8X or A9 chip or later and is only supported for audio on iPhone 5S and later. The feature was later disabled in January 2019 due to a software bug. The feature would later be re-enabled on iOS 12.1.4.

Voice Memos[edit | edit source]

  • The Voice Memos app was redesigned and is now supported on iPad.

Stocks[edit | edit source]

  • The Stocks app was redesigned and is now supported on iPad.
  • Integration with Apple News was added to show financial and other related news.

Maps[edit | edit source]

  • Starting with this version of iOS, Apple began to rebuild the Maps app from the ground-up by relying on first-party data rather than using data provided by third-parties to allow for more accurate directions and predictions. The new Maps app was completely rolled out by the end of 2019.

Photos[edit | edit source]

  • The Photos app received a redesign with four new tabs, including "Photos," "For You," "Albums," and "Search."
  • The "For You" tab replaces the "Memories" tab and contains sharing recommendations, the ability to create short-length video collages, photo editing suggestions and featured photos from specific days.
  • The Search feature was enchanced with new AI and machine learning features which automatically shows photos by place and categories.

CarPlay[edit | edit source]

  • Support for third-party navigation apps was added to CarPlay.

Shortcuts[edit | edit source]

  • The Shortcuts app was added which allows users to set automated actions that users can ask Siri to perform.

Notifications[edit | edit source]

  • Notifications are now grouped by app.
  • Notifications can now be turned off or delivered quitely to the Notification Center for a specific app by using the "Manage" button on the notification.

Do Not Disturb[edit | edit source]

  • More options for automation was added.
  • Notifications can be hidden for 1 hour, until a time of day, until leaving a certain location or after a scheduled event set in Calendar.

App Switcher[edit | edit source]

  • On iPhone X and later, users can force quit apps by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

Keyboard[edit | edit source]

  • Trackpad Mode can now be activated on devices that do not support 3D Touch by long-pressing the space bar.

iPad[edit | edit source]

  • The Control Center is now seperated from the app switcher and can be opened by swiping down from the top right corner.
  • The status bar was redesigned.
  • The new gestures from iPhone X and later was added to all iPads starting with this version.

Screen Time[edit | edit source]

  • Screen Time was added which records the amount of time the user spent using the device. It records how long the user spent on particular apps and records the number of notifications received.
  • It also allows users to set time limits for apps and set other restrictions such as purchases and explict content. It replaces the Restrictions feature from previous iOS versions.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • Many performance optimizations were made to speed up the performance of all common tasks across all devices.
  • ARKit 2 added the ability for users to share their view with other devices running iOS 12. Full 2D image tracking and the ability to detect 3D objects was added.
  • iOS 12.5 added the Exposure Notification API which was backported from iOS 13.5. It brings support for digital contact tracing.

List of known builds[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.0[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.0.1[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.1[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.1.1[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.1.2[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.1.3[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.1.4[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.2[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.3[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.3.1[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.3.2[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4.1[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4.2[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4.3[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4.4[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4.5[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4.6[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4.7[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4.8[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.4.9[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.5[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.5.1[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.5.2[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.5.3[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.5.4[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.5.5[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.5.6[edit | edit source]

iOS 12.5.7[edit | edit source]