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iOS 12 launched at Apple WWDC

New OS available in the Autumn, includes performance upgrades and features to stop phone over-use

Apple iOS12 includes Memojis.
Apple iOS12 includes Memojis.
Apple iOS12 includes Memojis.
Apple iOS12 includes Memojis.
Apple iOS12 includes user customisable Memojis.
Apple iOS12 includes user customisable Memojis.

Apple has launched the latest version of its iPhone and iPad OS at it Worldwide Developer Conference today.

iOS 12, which will be available for free in the Autumn, includes enhancements and improvements, including more support for augmented reality; new communications feature such as Group Face Time and Memoji to allow users to make their own emojis; and greater integration of Siri with Siri shortcuts.

The new version of the iOS has performance improvements across the system, Apple says, and also includes enhanced security and privacy features.

A further set of features have been included to help users to stop wasting so much time on their devices and to stop their mobile from being such a distraction. Features include a Do Not Disturb mode, to dim the display and hide all notifications on the lock screen for an allotted time or over night to get a better night's sleep. Users also have more control over notifications, and the iOS includes Screen Time which provides reports and analysis on the amount of time the user spends on the phone and on various apps.

"We're very excited about the new communications features we're bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "With iOS 12, we're enabling new experiences that weren't possible before. We're using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri."

The developer preview of iOS is available now to Apple Developer Program members, and a public beta will be opened later this month.