This is the best new feature in iOS 12

This is the best new feature in iOS 12
The best new features in iOS 12 is not something new and fancy, it's not a technological revolution, but it is something that will make the experience better for millions of users.

Just a couple of days ago we asked you what is your favorite iOS 12 feature in a poll and the results are now in: your best-favored feature are the performance improvements that make everything in iOS run smoother. These changes will affect millions of devices, including the oldest ones that need it the most: the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6. And with 46.5% of the votes this feature is the most popular one with a big margin.

The second best-favored feature in iOS 12 are... drumroll... grouped notifications! Some 24% of votes went to the way Apple has improved notifications and quite honestly, this was a long overdue change that brings order to the chaos that iOS notifications were.

All the other features are not nearly as popular: third with 7% is the new group FaceTime calling option with the ability to have up to 32 people in a single call, next come the enhanced privacy and security options with 6% and the option to use third-party apps like Google Maps in CarPlay got 5%.

Interestingly, the flashy new Memoji & Animoji features for Apple Messages got less than 3% of the votes for favorite iOS 12 feature.

Take a look at the full results right below.

What is your favorite iOS 12 feature?

Performance improvements on older phones: 40% faster app loading, etc
Memoji allows you to create your own avatar and bring it to life in Apple Message, you get 4 new animoji characters and tongue recognition for all existing ones
Grouped Notifications: notifications are grouped in stacks and you can easily clear whole stacks
New Screen Time option allows you to see how much time you spend in apps, set app limits
New Do Not Disturb mode prevents notifications from overwhelming you
ARKit 2.0, AR multiplayer and new Measure AR app bring you more immersive augmented reality
Updates to core apps: News, Stocks, Voice Memos, Apple Books
Improved Siri: Siri Shortcuts, translations into 40 languages and more knowledge
Photos getting more powerful search, new For You tab, easier sharing
CarPlay adding support for 3rd party apps like Google Maps
Group FaceTime with up to 32 people
Enhanced Privacy & Security that prevents websites from tracking you



11. KingSam

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

IOS 6 was butter, 7 was garbage, 8 was good, 9 was a mess, 10 was stable, 11 was a bug fest, 12 is a stability update. Is this a trend?

13. gamehead unregistered

I always knew those darn negative numbers were up to no good

10. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

If the Performance gain option wasn't there, I say Memoji sounds fun. And yes, I had the beta installed on my 6S Plus and it's fast but a bit glitchy (duhh, Beta.)

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Notifications looks sweet.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Hhmm, So they removed the slowdown they implemented prior and Bam, it's a speed up tweak/feature that's all the rage? That is very clever, kudos to them for pulling this off without backlash. Milking the herd with extreme efficiency still, nice.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4411; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

On the recent video posted on YouTube showing speed improvements there really wasn't that much of an improvement seen especially on games where in fact ios12 was slower. Granted it's beta but certainly wasn't vastly superior at this early stage.

5. dimitrie

Posts: 7; Member since: May 17, 2014

how about improving Messaging.. like being able to add names to a group text all at once, instead of having to go out, select the person, then add and then go out again and repeat. Why cant we just select everyone at once ? simple yet productive.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

This is what iOS 11 should've been! Apple playing catch-up as usual... And the way I see it; iOS 12 is an year late! The reason why iPhone 5S will get iOS 12 is because... iOS 11 DOES NOT EXIST!!! iOS 11 is (was) just a phase, in my opinion. That really put things into perspective, eh? G'Day!

2. Saioofi

Posts: 348; Member since: May 23, 2014

I have the beta on my iPhone 7+ and it’s crazy fast

3. libra89

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is encouraging, thanks!

8. DolmioMan

Posts: 349; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Bear in mind how fast iOS 11.0 GM was compared to 11.0 beta 1 I’d say were in for a hell of a beta season. Battery life so far has been just okay. Getting around 5h screen on time in my iPhone X.

12. gamehead unregistered

I have to wait for the public beta. Aint no way in h3ll im paying $99 for the dev beta

14. Saioofi

Posts: 348; Member since: May 23, 2014

You don’t have to pay. I downloaded it for free and it came as an OTA update.

15. gamehead unregistered

I requested and got nothing

1. libra89

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm looking forward to the 2 top things. For once, I might actually want to update my iPhone.

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