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Top 10 iOS 12.1 features you should try out today

Chances are that by now you've downloaded and installed iOS 12 onto your iPhones and iPads. Here are ten of the best new features that you should check out, explore, and start using. (Updated for iOS 12.1)
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Topic: iOS
Screen Time
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Screen Time

Find out how much time you -- or your kids -- are wasting, erm, I mean, spending, in various apps and browsing the web. Be prepared to be shocked!

Enhanced notifications
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Enhanced notifications

Let's be honest, notifications were a mess under iOS 11. Now iOS 12 tries to tame them by grouping them together on the lock screen, as well as giving up easy access to options to control how notifications are delivered and how many you see.

Enhanced Do Not Disturb
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Enhanced Do Not Disturb

Make it easier to get time away from your iPhone by getting better control over the Do Not Disturb feature. You can now set Do Not Disturb specifically for events such as meetings or while you're at a particular location.

What's more, iOS 12 will turn it off automatically as soon as your event ends or you leave that location.

Better password management
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Better password management

There are lots of new password features. For example, iOS 12 will be able to show passwords from third-party password manager apps in the QuickType suggestions by leveraging the new Password Manager API.

There is also autofill support for third-party password managers. And iOS 12 will automatically fill in the two-factor authentication codes you get via SMS.

Customizable Animojis
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Customizable Animojis

If you're an iPhone X owner and you're big into Animojis, then not only does Apple have new characters for you to use, but there are also customization options available.

Stickers and text effect in Messages, photos, and FaceTime
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Stickers and text effect in Messages, photos, and FaceTime

Yes, you can now jazz up FaceTime calls, photos, and Messages with animated text effects, fun stickers and more.

Improved photo search
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Improved photo search

Not only will iOS 12 create suggestions for recent events, people and places for you automatically, it can also make suggestions as you type to help you narrow down the photos you are looking for.

Siri shortcuts
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Siri shortcuts

Siri gets better in iOS 12 by allowing you to create and run shortcuts for tasks that you might want to do at certain times of the day, as a result of an event, or when at a certain location.

Enhanced Safari privacy
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Enhanced Safari privacy

If you're a Safari user then Apple has some new privacy features for you. Not only will Safari in iOS 12 now block Share buttons and comment widgets on web pages from tracking you without your permission, but it will also prevent advertisers from being able to track you as you browse the web.

Redesigned apps
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Redesigned apps

The Apple Books, Stocks, Voice Memos have received a much-needed refresh.

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