iOS 12 to Debut Digital Health Feature; New Apple Watch with Edge-To-Edge Display in Development

iOS 12 Features

With WWDC just a few days away. Mark Gurman from Bloomberg has shared his expectations from the event. In his roundup for the event, he has revealed some key details about iOS 12, Apple Watch, ARKit, and more.

A previous leak had already revealed that Apple had pushed major changes related to the Home Screen and to the Photos app until 2019 to improve the overall stability and performance of iOS 12. So, the next release of iOS is going to be light on features. It will come with some minor new features like the ability to snooze notification, the ability to make video calls and send Animojis, and more. However, major updates are all delayed until 2019.

iOS 12 will also mark the release of the Digital Health initiative from Apple which will provide users with a set of tools that will help them know how much time they spend inside applications and on their devices. These tools will be bundled inside a new menu in the Settings app in iOS 12. Google unveiled something similar with Android P earlier this year, and both companies seem to be focusing on how they can reduce the time users spend on their devices and cut down their addiction.

Apple will also be unveiling ARKit 2.0 at the event with new features. It will include a new mode that will allow iPhone users to play AR games against each other in the same environment. There will also be another mode that will ensure when an object is dropped into place, it remains in the same virtual space.

As for macOS, Apple will be focusing on integrating it more deeply with iOS. Apple could also possibly discuss its efforts to run iOS apps on macOS to address developer concerns about the OS. A rumor also pointed to Apple giving the Mac App Store an iOS 11-like redesign with its next major release.

The roundup also claims that Apple is working on two new Apple Watches which have the same dimensions as the existing model but feature a larger edge-to-edge display. Despite this major design change though, Apple will be ensuring that its new Apple Watches remain compatible with existing watch bands. Apple is expected to unveil this new Apple Watch at its September event.

Read: WWDC 2018 Rumor Roundup: iOS 12, Smarter Siri, macOS 10.14

Our Take

Everything so far points to iOS 12 being light on features, with the focus primarily being on performance and stability. While Apple will be adding some new features to the OS, I am not sure if it would be enough to please most users. Will you be happy if Apple ended up focusing on performance and stability with iOS 12 instead of adding some major new features to it?

[Via Bloomberg]