What are New Features of iOS 12.1 for iPhone?


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iOS 12 has been around for a couple of months now, but recently Apple decided to turn a new page in its unfolding mobile narrative. As most users would expect, the latest iOS update, iOS 12.1, comes with an impressive collection of feature enhancements and performance improvements.

The new iOS comes with significant improvements to the Photos app, Apple News, Stock, Voice memos and Carplay. Avid followers can see that Apple is vying to exceed expectations with this new update to go above and beyond.

For starters, the latest iOS update integrates iPhone XS, XS Max and XR with eSIM technology which serves up dual-SIM support. However, there are a host of other features that are much more exciting than the eSIM technology.

When you want to hire an iPhone developer for your iOS 12.1 app, here are 9 of the most exciting features of the new iOS update that you can harness to enrich the UX of your development.

Enhanced Performance and Faster Load Speeds in Old iPhones and iPads

This is a feature of the new iOS that will be of great benefit to any custom iPhone application development project. It’s a direct manifestation of Apple’s aggressive drive for enhanced performance and reliability, and it comes in the wake of a similar software update by Google.

When you want to hire dedicated developers you need to consider that the new iOS makes iPhone 6 plus 40% faster at launching apps, 70% faster at launching the camera, and 50 faster at displaying the on-screen keyboard. This is actually a deviation from the norm of Apple updates which, up until now, have always dragged down the performance of older iPhones.

Greater Ease of Closing Apps in Multitasking Mode

As Apple seeks to eliminate most of the unsettling performance issues of the previous iOS versions, the difficulty of quitting apps in multitasking mode has also been addressed in the latest iOS update. In the new iOS update, a user only needs to slide up on an open app in the multitasking menu to close it.

This significantly enhances the user experience, because in the previous versions of the OS, closing open apps entailed pressing down on an app until the red close icon pops up on top of the app, and then tapping the red icon to close the app.

Screen Time Management

With a weekly report of user activities that ranks app usage, shows pick up times, and shows the apps that send you the most notifications, iOS 12.1 provides users with great insights concerning their screen time.

Not only does this feature allow users to calculate how much time they spend on certain activities on their phone, it also allows users to set self-imposed time limits. These can be either in the form of a ‘Time is up’ message that pops up according to a set time-limit, or through reminders and temporary app blocks.

The screen-time management feature also lends itself to parental control. Users can schedule time-of-day-based downtime for kids, and limit their access to certain apps at certain times of the day. Parents can activate these parental control settings remotely.

Grouped Notifications

When planning for notifications in your custom iPhone application development for iOS 12.1, be sure to consider the fact that the new iOS update gives users much greater control over the notifications they receive. With this new feature, users can sort notifications into groups based on apps, threads, and topics, and can delete every notification in a group with a simple swipe.

Also, when planning for notifications in your custom iPhone application, you need to also consider the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature that not only silences sounds of notifications but also prevents new notifications from lighting up the device’s screen. There’s also the Instant Tuning feature that allows users to easily dismiss notifications from apps without having to effect changes to various submenus in the Settings.

Face ID Authentication for More than One Face

Unlike the previous iOS versions, the new iOS allows for the authentication of more than one face in the Face ID security feature. When you hire dedicated developers for your iOS 12.1 app, you need to consider this new security protocol, because it means your audience will be more apt to give others access to their phones with the new iOS.

Users can either add a new face to the authentication menu, or they can set up an alter ego face. The alternative face ensures that a slight change to users’ appearance does not lock them out of their phones when the Face ID fails to recognize their slightly altered face.

Transition from Memoji to Animoji

The transformation of ‘Memoji’ to ‘Animoji’ allows users to create a more personalized Memoji that bear a much closer semblance to their real images. Animoji uses Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera to capture facial features to be reproduced in a caricature.

When you hire dedicated developers to build messaging apps for iOS 12.1, you should be keen to take advantage of Animoji in your development. iOS 12.1 offers a richer collection of Animoji, including those with red, gray and curly hairs, a bald head, as well as swathes of Animoji masks. There are also Animoji icons for alternative sport activities such as softball and frisbee.

911 Call Location Finder

With this feature, calls to first responders made through iPhones automatically reveal the location from where the call originates to the emergency service. This happens only during emergency calls, so users can rest assured the feature will not give rise to privacy-related issues. The purpose of the feature is to fast-track response time during emergencies.

Smarter Siri

This is another excellent feature you need to consider keenly when you hire an iPhone developer for your iPhone app development. The smarter Siri comes with a Siri Shortcut feature that allows you to call for the execution of certain tasks through assigned phrases. For instance, ‘Heading home’ commands the phone to notify your roommates or partner that you’re making your way home, and to display a map of the fastest route home, and to turn on your HVAC system.

The smarter Siri can also translate over 40 language pairs, and provides information about motorsports, food, and celebrities. These are exiting features that you should vie to harness when you hire an iPhone developer.


These are some of the most crucial iOS 12.1 features that you should pay close attention to when you hire an iPhone developer for your iOS development. These features can work wonders for your custom iPhone application development if they’re harnessed properly.

When you hire dedicated developers from our company, we’ll ensure that these features, including the ones that give users more control over their user activities, will be harnessed to promote the engagement rate and reliability of your iOS app.

Vishal Bhatia
Vishal Bhatia is an international pioneer and expert innovator in the field of outsourced web, software, and mobile application development. In the last decade as the CEO and Co-founder of Dedicated Developers, he has successfully partnered on development projects with over 320 technology companies from 12 different countries to bring their web and mobile application ideas to life. His passionate team at Dedicated Developers is revolutionizing the outsourcing industry by cost-effectively aligning technology strategies focused on fueling business growth.


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