150+ iOS 12 Hidden Features For iPhone And iPad [Running List]
Here are 150+ iOS 12 hidden or secret features that every iPhone, iPad or iPod touch user needs to know about.
Apple may have done a fairly good job of announcing iOS 12 during the opening WWDC keynote and talking about its most important features, but not everything made it into that announcement.
So keeping that in mind, here are the hidden features that have since been discovered with Apple’s latest iOS 12 release. It’s important to note that as people start to interact with iOS 12 on their iPhone and iPad after the final version release day on September 17, this list will only continue to grow. So make sure that you keep checking back as we will be continuously updating it as and when new features come to light or changed.
Siri translation now works with over 40 languages
New knowledge areas for Siri to now help it answer questions related to motorsports, celebrity facts, food photo memories, passwords, more
Apple News app UI tweaks
System-wide animation tweaks
iPhone X-like gestures on iPad
Portrait Segmentation API
Share passwords with nearly iOS devices, Apple TVs, Macs, more
Stronger password suggestions
iOS will remind you to change a password if it finds you using same password you previously used for another service in your new account
Autofill for Two-factor SMS codes
Fill in passwords from third-party password managers more easily
Critical alerts that can bypass Do Not Disturb
Photos app now supports RAW format
Improved Portrait Lighting with better edge detection
QR Codes now highlighted when detected by Camera app
Single swipe up to quit apps on iPhone X multitasking interface
Multi-user Face ID
USB Restricted Mode
Automatic OTA software updates
Screen Time widget
Redesigned iPad Menu Bar
Scan QR Code in Control Center
Improved Siri Suggestions
New Lock Screen option: disable access to Wallet
New Lock Screen option: disable USB Accessories
New Lock Screen option: disable access to Wallet
Voice Memos gets iCloud support
Voice Memos settings lets you choose audio compression quality
Voice Memos settings lets you set a default recording name
New colors for Markup
You can now choose the opacity and thickness of Markup tools by pressing on a tool once selected
Favicons for Safari tabs
New Experimental WebKit Features
New options for Apple Books in Settings.app
Podcasts app now lets you set custom durations for Forward and Back
Battery usage chart in Settings.app shows usage for the last 24 hours or the last 10 days instead of the last 7 days.
Battery usage chart in Settings.app also shows new chart that displays battery usage information.
Manage Notification Settings from Lock Screen
Improved Do Not Disturb with Bedtime, Control Center shortcut, more
Parental Control with App Limits
FaceTime integration in Messages app
Music widget on Lock screen now matches the wallpaper rather than just being light gray
Swipe up to rescan your face again if Face ID fails
You can now press space to select text in non-3D Touch devices
New “Hearing” widget in Control Center allows you to use AirPods as a kind of hearing aid using the iPhone’s microphone
Developers can now add controls like buttons and switches for interactive notifications with custom views.
Notifications in Do Not Disturb mode appear in dark color, without Do Not Disturb mode they appear in usual light color accent
Siri can now turn on flashlight
Dictation now allowed on third-party keyboards
New UI for Face ID Scan
Full email preview from notification
Screen Downtime disables apps during the scheduled period
Ability to independently connect to Wi-Fi networks on Watch
iPad on iOS 12 now uses a webpage‘s built in video player UI when watching in full screen.
Brightness settings now back to Display section of Settings.app
Apple Pay notification will now give you more details
New Apple Music artist page, pressing the play button shuffles the artist’s songs
Control Center is now seperate from Multitasking UI on iPad
Swipe up arrow in Reachability Mode
Reachability Mode is now scrollable
Pallet of colors in tools bar in Notes app
Haptic Feedback now available in the Camera on iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
Air quality indicators inside the weather app
Level screen removed from Compass app and moved to Measure app
Stocks app adds 5Y, 10Y and ALL options to graphs
New 3D Touch options in Control Center
Animoji videos are now extended to 30 seconds from 10 seconds
No carrier name occupying space in Status Bar on low-res devices like iPhone 5s and SE
On 4” phones, tabs in Safari are now rounded. Before only devices 4.7” and up had this.
Photos app in Messages
Minor UI tweaks for Messages app
New Siri accents: Irish and South African
Photos app UI tweaks
iOS 12 removes the tint on the wallpaper
Airport Express support in Home app is back
You can now adjust Maps navigation on Apple Watch
Four new Animoji characters
New toggle for AutoFill Passwords in Settings
New UI for editing Photos taken from the Camera in Messages
Face ID Alternate Appearance works for laying on your side in bed
New haptic feedback when charging iPhone
Podcasts app has a toggle for Next/Previous functions
Stocks app data now uploaded to iCloud
New controls for tint opacity in screenshot/Markup UI
Stocks widget bigger with added charts
Face ID now works with open mouth
Screen recording notification allows deleting
Hey Siri now available on Low Power Mode
New Scan QR Code 3D Touch action in Camera app icon
New Awards page/tab in Activity app
Camera in Messages opens directly
Slightly tweaked and improved Smart Invert
Get synonyms and related concepts for words with English Thesaurus.
Call Classification & Reporting
Improved and more advanced Privacy controls
AirPlayed music no longer interrupted with other videos
Landscape view of muti-page folder
Three new language dictionaries: an Arabic and English bilingual dictionary, a Hindi and English bilingual dictionary, and a Hebrew dictionary.
Store cards that support NFS now show an icon in Wallet app on the bottom right
Third-party navigation apps support in CarPlay
Larger buttons in CarPlay
When doing portrait mode in the dark, the TrueDepth camera will detect your face and body position
Folders for Albums in Photos app
Password in keyboard works even for PDF passwords (in Documents by Readdle)
Speed dial iMessage and FaceTime
Workflows are automatically imported into Shortcuts
Do Not Disturb during workout notification
When setting up an iOS 12 device for the first time, there’s a new screen for automatic updates
New Maps data for Apple Maps
Stickers/Gifs for Activity app
SMS/Call Reporting Extensions
Share My Location in Apple ID
Share a link of a photo straight from photos app (creates iCloud link to view photo for 30 days)
iOS 12 suggests you call or text people on their birthday
Searching for artist in Safari displays a link to directly to Apple Music
Search by lyrics in Apple Music
HomeKit backgrounds changed to gradient colors
HomeKit UI tweaks
in iOS 12 significant locations are more accurate, even showing how you got to the indexed location.
Air Quality in Weather app
Live Listen for AirPods
Single AirPod smart play
New checkmark animation icon confirms that your message actually sent when you ask Siri to send a message
CarPlay now shows contact badge and not just nickname when messaging someone.
You can now hand off calls to your Apple Watch with iOS 12
Whilst using maps and you get a call, the call now runs in the background rather than taking over the screen
“insights and suggestions” warning if you use your iPhone more than usual after an update.
OS-wide date in status bar for iPad
Phone will vibrate twice if Touch ID fails, it will vibrate once if Touch ID unlocks your phone.
iOS 12 lets you transfer audio from calls to Apple Watch
Recently deleted pictures will stay up to 40 days now
iPhone X like line under battery, WiFi signal, Control Center etc. when entering the notification bar on iPad
Now when you tap audio under the persons name, it gives you the option of regular voice call or FaceTime audio.
Apple Pay now provides you with more transaction information via the Wallet app when you select a specific payment.
iPhone-only apps on iPad do not appear in iPhone 4s size anymore, they appear in iPhone 6 size
“Hey Siri, where’s my phone” feature
Typing in passcode while using AirPlay will now hide the keypad on the mirrored screen.
You can disable the new third party video controls in fullscreen
QR Codes now square the image (yellow) and tells you to move closer if needed.
Updated alert sounds
The music player now warns you when you’re just about to exceed safe volume levels
If you’re editing a photo in an app and save in-app, the photo will save next to the original.
“Read” for SMS
Suggestion to send photos in iMessage
Holding down on a QR code gives you additional actions based on its content
HomeKit adds remote controls support
Quite a comprehensive list, even if we do say so ourselves. If you found anything else as new, feel free to share in comments below.