14 Brand New Things You Can Do in Apple iOS 12 and watchOS 5

Apple's new Fire and Water watch face

By Anna Breuer on 17 September 2018
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Today is iOS 12 and watchOS 5 day, something you may have noticed if you saw friends and colleagues huddled over the iPhones and Apple Watches starting around 1 p.m. EDT, watching the upgrades progress.

First announced in June, the final versions of Apple’s latest mobile OS and watch OS are being pushed out to eager Apple fans across the globe.

The new mobile operating system will work on an iPhone 5C or newer as well as on a 2013 iPad or newer, while the new watchOS will work on everything but the original Apple Watch.

Here are 14 key things you will want to know about the new operating systems.


1.) Get better answers from Siri. Apple’s intelligent assistant now has an advanced degree and should be able to provide better answers to questions.
2.) Learn a foreign language from Siri.Siri can translate from English into French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish among other languages.
3.) Spot passwords you reuse too often. The new OS will also suggest strong passwords when signing up for a new site or service.
4.) Clear notifications in batches. One swipe will clear grouped notifications from the lock screen.
5.) Share photos more easily. Apple’s improved photo AI will recognize people who consistently appear in your photos and recommend sharing those photos within the Photos app.
6.) Find photos more easily. Search results will be more accurate and more specific, such as the ability to search for a particular hotel or restaurant you’ve photographed.
7.) Tackle smartphone addiction. Screen Time will help keep track of your device usage and allow you to set limits and do-not-disturb times.
8.) Leave you unmolested. The new Bedtime mode dims the lockscreen and hides notifications, while Do Not Disturb can be set to stay on until you leave your current location.


1.) Smarter Siri. The Siri watch face uses machine learning to get to know you better and will proactively suggest relevant content including music as the day goes on.
2.) No more hey. You no longer have to say “Hey Siri” to get Siri’s attention on the watch.
3.) Multiple notifications. Notifications from the same app are grouped to reduce scrolling.
4.) View web content. Simply tap on a link to open a view optimized for the watch’s screen size.
5.) Walkie-Talkie. This new feature allows you to reach someone for a quick conversation without making a phone call.
6.) Better workouts. Apple has made workout training automatic and has added individual algorithms to track yoga and hiking

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