Apple’s iOS has been making waves for over a decade now, and it’s always impressed. iOS 12 – the latest evolution of the dominant mobile operating system is no different. Apple’s App Store presently generates over $130 billion in revenue and has over 2 million apps emphasizing why iOS is the top-ranked amongst the most widely used mobile technologies in the world. With iOS 12, Apple expects to offer a far superior experience to mobile users and more benefits to enterprises compared to the previous versions of the OS.
Enterprise mobile apps are already being considered vital in every form of digital business growth strategy. Every evolution of iOS & Android triggers major changes in the Enterprise Application Services sector. In this blog, we will be looking at the key features of iOS 12 and their impact in application development.
A more proactive Siri
With voice technologies becoming more popular and more adopted now more than ever, Apple’s Siri is expected to meet the changing expectations of mobile users and deliver a fresher voice-assistance experience. And it seems they delivered just that with iOS 12.
Siri in iOS 12 is more proactive, and features what many calls Siri Shortcuts. The Siri Shortcuts make it more convenient and easier for users to accomplish everyday tasks with Siri’s assistance. The voice assistant can now efficiently pair users’ routines with app functionality, while also allowing users to access certain functionality or complete certain tasks from the lock screen or from search without having to launch the app. This feature, however, doesn’t apply to scenarios where shortcuts are not technically possible.
Core ML 2 for ‘smarter’ apps
As it hasn’t been long since Core ML came out, iOS 12’s support for Core ML 2 may seem surprising. The toolkit powers Siri, camera functions, and QuickType. With Core ML, developers can integrate machine learning models and various intuitive functionality into apps. As ML gained momentum, Core ML became much valuable for iOS developers trying to stay ahead of the curve.
The Core ML 2 is a bit more advanced with over 30 layer types. iOS 12 enables developers to integrate Core ML 2 into apps much faster without needing extensive technical expertise.
ARKit 2 for even better AR experiences
The ARKit toolkit was Apple’s response to the Augmented Reality hype. With the toolkit, developers were able to make their apps capable of delivering immersive AR experiences. The ARKit 2 for iOS 12 comes with extended capabilities allowing multiple users to simultaneously experience AR apps. The newest version of the toolkit also allows developers to include real-world objects into AR experiences.
Greater control over push notifications
iOS 12 gives users greater control over the type of push notifications they agreed to receive and also over how they receive such notifications. It’s now possible to access message settings directly from the push notification interface. This way, they will be able to opt out of push notifications from the lock screen itself.
Such a functionality poses a new challenge to app developers. They will no longer be able to rely on push notifications to entice a user to download an app or launch an installed app. A workaround would be to focus on personalizing push notifications and making them more appealing with interactive options like buttons.
These aren’t the only new things iOS 12 is bringing to the table. We have only mentioned a few key features that would have the biggest impact in iOS app development. To build the next generation iOS app, you will need assistance from a competent mobile app development company with expertise in building cutting-edge apps that leverage the latest trends and technologies to grant considerable enterprise benefits.