Apple on Monday released iOS 12 as an over-the-air update, introducing new features to millions of devices. The software update is free and can be downloaded by anyone who owns an iPhone 5s or later, as well as an iPad mini 2 up through the second generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
While iOS 12 doesn’t look all that different compared to iOS 11, there are several new features worth highlighting, including performance gains over last year’s release.
The change most people will notice is how Apple now handles notifications. In iOS 12, notifications are grouped, making them far more manageable. On your lock screen, notifications will appear as stacked cards, which can be expanded when tapped.
Apple in general makes dealing with notifications easier. If something comes in that you don’t like, you can tweak your settings so an app’s notifications only show up in your notification center, or you can turn them off altogether right from your lock screen.
We’ve provided extensive coverage of iOS 12 since the software was announced at WWDC this summer, which you can read down below. To experience iOS for yourself, you can download it now.