Apple also added a new app Measure that can "quickly gauge the size of real-world objects similar to a tape measure". Siri will also start anticipating your needs, so if, for example, you're running late, it'll ask you if you need to send an apology text. New modes will let users set an automatic end to Do Not Disturb modes based on reaching a certain time, entering a particular location, or taking a certain action.
Voice memos is coming on iPad, too.
Yet Apple made it clear it also hopes to make its devices and services even more alluring - and potentially irresistible - by creating new avenues for its digital assistant, Siri, to serve as a backup brain for users. Animoji and Memoji can be turned on to make yourself a cartoon koala, if you wish. "We think this is a clear win, not just for shareholders given how these new tools will strengthen Apple's ecosystem, but for parents, kids, and society in the years to come", the firm said in an e-mailed statement. If you go over your own limit, iOS 12 will pop up a reminder and block the app, though you can grant yourself an extension.
It was rumoured for a long time that iOS 12 would focus on bug-fixes and smaller tweaks rather than offering a shake-up to the tried and tested formula.
BREAKING: This is a live piece and we'll update it throughout the conference. The only setback in our mind is Android and Google's AR Core at this point - AR Core is only available on a subset of Android devices (list) and on a number of "supported" devices it works worse than ARKit does on iPhones (we are not iOS fanboys, but we do give credit where credit is due).
Siri has gotten a major upgrade. The 2.0 version of the software will apparently allow for multiplayer experiences for the first time, giving multiple users the ability to view the same virtual object. We sure hope so.
Face ID is also rumoured to be receiving a boost, with support for unlocking phones held horizontally.
The focus on digital wellbeing comes at a time when technology companies including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple are being scrutinised for their use of habit-forming design practices that encourage people to spend more time on their devices, such as infinite scrolling, notifications and other behavioural "nudges".
iPhones have had NFC chips in them for years, but until now they've been restricted for use with Apple Pay only. Apple In showing off Screen Time, the Facebook app was listed prominently at the top of the example list of apps that a hypothetical user spent the most time with. The official iOS 12 press release simply states the update will join the public beta "later this month", meaning some time in June.
Check back for updates. The zero sign-on feature will work with Charter Spectrum (and its 50 million subscribers) later this year, but Apple says it's working to expand this feature to work with other TV providers in the future.
Apple is touting a bunch of new augmented reality features at its Worldwide Developers Conference.
With iOS 13, your phone will get faster.
iOS 12 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation. It's recommended that beta software only be installed on a device dedicated to development as you may encounter bugs and other issues that could put your data at risk.