What is iOS 12? - The version 12 of Apple iOS


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After iOS 11, Apple Inc announced iOS 12 which is the latest mobile operating system platform.

1. What is iOS 12?

iOS 12 was announced by Apple Inc on 4th of June 2018 at the Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference also known as WWDC event. Apple released iOS 12 on 17th September 2018 with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

VersionBuildBasebandRelease Date
12.0.
16A366
10.10.00
17th September 2018
7.10.00
5.10.00
5.00.00
21st September 2018
3.00.01
3.00.00
2.00.01
1.00.0726th October 2018
12.0.1
16A404/ 16A405
10.10.00
8th October 2018
7.10.00
5.10.00
5.00.00
3.00.01
3.00.00
2.00.01
1.00.08
12.1.
16B92/ 16B93
10.10.00
30th October 2018
7.21.00
5.21.00
5.20.00
3.01.06
3.11.00
2.01.07
16B941.01.307th November 2018
12.1.1
16C50
10.31.00
5th December 2018
7.32.00
5.32.00
5.30.00
3.02.01
3.31.00
2.02.02
1.02.18
12.1.2
16C104
10.31.00
20th December 2018
7.32.00
5.32.00
5.30.00
3.02.01
3.31.00
2.02.02
1.02.18

2. Features of iOS 12

After the initial release of iOS 12, there were 4 official released made to the iOS 12.

2.1 Features of iOS 12.0

The initial release of iOS 12 was marked under the version code of 12.0 and the build code of 16A366 and baseband codes of 10.11.00, 7.10.00, 5.10.00, 5.00.00, 3.00.01, 3.00.00, 2.00.01, 1.00.07.

There were three released made to iOS 12.0 on different different dates and the first one was 17th September 2018 and 21st September 2018 for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and 26th October 2018 for iPhone XR.

  • Capability to experience Apple Book, which is a replaced version of iBooks.
  • Capability to experience manage preferences of Apple Books including the layout and etc...
  • Capability to experience removal of leveler from Compass app and the function moved to the Measure App.
  • Capability to experience Measure App which is a new app to iOS 12 and built using ARKit 2.0.
  • Capability to experience redesigned News app.
  • Capability to experience redesigned Stocks app which includes easier to view stocks.
  • Capability to experience Apple News integration to Stocks App.
  • Capability to use Stocks app in iPad devices.
  • Capability to redesigned Voice Memos App.
  • Capability to experience availability to of Voice Memos App on iPad.
  • Capability to experience Air Quality settings preferences to track air quality in Weather App.
  • Capability to view Air Quality index in Weather App.
  • Capability to experience Field test mode in Phone App on Landscape view.
  • Capability to experience redesigned app notifications.
  • Capability to experience new wallpapers and removal of older wallpapers.
  • Capability to view Time on Screen.
  • Capability to experience automatic updates toggle added in Software Update tab.
  • Capability to experience bedtime feature in Do Not Disturb.
  • Capability to experience addition Stocks section.
  • Capability to experience new Measure section.
  • Capability to experience new app limits page.
  • Capability to experience new battery statics chart.
  • Capability to experience improved Safari privacy.

2.2 Features of iOS 12.0.1

The first update release to iOS 12 was marked under the version code of 12.0.1 and build codes of 16A404, 16A405 and baseband codes of 10.10.00, 7.10.00, 5.10.00, 5.00.00, 3.00.01, 3.00.00, 2.00.01, 1.00.08. iOS 12.0.1 was released on 8th October 2018.

  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue on lightning charging issue with iPhone XS.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue on iPhone XS rejoining WiFi networks at 2.4GHz rather than 5GHz.
  • Capability to view the ".?123" key back to the original position of the iPad keyboard where it was before.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue where subtitles not appearing in some video apps.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue where Bluetooth becomes unavailable.
  • Capability to experience security enhancements to iOS 12(https://support.apple.com/en-asia/HT209162).

2.3 Features of iOS 12.1

The second update release to iOS 12 was marked under the version code of 12.0.1 and baseband codes of 16B92, 16B93, 16B94 and baseband codes of 10.10.00, 7.21.00, 5.21.00, 5.20.00, 3.01.06, 3.11.00, 2.01.07, 1.01.30.

Build codes under 16B92 and 16B93 was released on 30th October 2018 and build code 16B94 was released on 7th November 2018. iOS 12 was iOS 12 was initially released on iPad Pro 3rd generation devices with 12.9 Inch display and iPad Pro devices with 11 inch display.

  • Capability to experience addition support for video and audio calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously in Group FaceTime.
  • Capability to experience end to end encrypted conversations which remains user's data private.
  • Capability to start Group FaceTime directly from a group message conversation or join an active call at any time.
  • Capability to experience support for over 70 new emojis.
  • Capability to experience dual SIM with eSIM which allows two numbers on one device including iPhone XS, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR.
  • Capability to experience newly introduce Depth Control in Camera preview for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.
  • Capability to experience improvements to mobile connectivity for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.
  • Capability to experience addition of ability to change or reset user's child's screen time passcode using Face ID or Touch ID.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue where the sharpest reference frame was not always selected in front facing photos for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR devices.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue that caused messages to be merged into one thread when two users were signed in with the same Apple ID on multiple iPhones.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue that prevented some voicemails from appearing in the Phone App.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue in the Phone app that could cause phone numbers to appear without their corresponding contact name.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue that could prevent screen Time from reporting specific websites in the activity report.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue that could prevent adding or removing family members from Family Sharing feature.
  • Capability to experience addition performance management feature to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down.
  • Capability to experience addition of ability for battery health to inform users that it is unable to verify if a genuine Apple battery is in iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.
  • Capability to experience improvements to reliability of VoiceOver in Camera, Siri and Safari.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue that could cause MDM device enrollment to report an Invalid Profile error for some enterprise users.
  • Capability to experience security enhancements to iOS 12 (https://support.apple.com/en-asia/HT201222).

2.4 Features of iOS 12.1.1

The third update release to iOS 12 was marked under iOS 12.1.1 and under build code of 16C50 and baseband codes of 10.31.00, 7.32.00, 5.32.00, 5.30.00, 3.02.01, 3.31.00, 2.02.02, 1.02.18. The release went live on 5th December 2018.

  • Capability to experience Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR.
  • Capability to experience Dual SIM with eSIM for additional service providers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
  • Capability to experience one tap to flip between the rear and front facing camera during FaceTime calls.
  • Capability to experience Live Photo capture during one to one FaceTime calls.
  • Capability to experience the option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation.
  • Capability to experience National Relay Service also known as NRS when using WiFi calling on iPad and iPod Touch.
  • Capability to experience stability improvements for dictation and VoiceOver.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue where Face ID may temporarily become unavailable.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recording from uploading to iCloud.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically.
  • Capability to experience support for HomePod in Mainland China and Hong Kong.
  • Capability to experience HomePod LEDs illuminate during group FaceTime calls.
  • Capability to experience security enhancements to iOS 12 (https://support.apple.com/en-asia/HT209162).

2.5 Features of iOS 12.1.2

The fourth update release to iOS 12 was marked under the version code of 12.1.2 and build code of 16C104 and baseband code of 10.31.00, 7.32.00, 5.32.00, 5.30.00, 3.02.01, 3.31.00, 2.02.02, 1.02.18. The release was available to iPhone devices only on 20th December 2018.

  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue with eSIM activation for iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max devices.
  • Capability to experience bug fixes to an issue that could affect cellular connectivity in Turkey for iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max devices.