iOS 12 brought a welcome improvement to speed when launching apps, swiping to see the camera app or even when displaying the keyboard or the share sheet; and it gets better: these changes apply also to older devices such as the iPhone 5s. In a way, I interpreted it as a way of saying "sorry" for all the bugs that affected the iPhones and iPads on iOS 11 (just saying…).
They actually introduced some new stuff like ARKit 2, so we can enjoy augmented reality with multiple people, Animoji with tongues and the new "Memoji", better privacy settings and so on.
Other features, although being great benefits, seemed to had been taking from the users complaints we've been hearing for years, such as grouped notifications (come on, Apple… you take it away, tweak it a little and announce it like a brand new thing?… Yes, I want it, please) and FaceTime call with up to 32 people at once (we've been asking for a group chat for so long that they are compensating by overdoing it… I mean, I don't really have that many friends, do you? Lol).
Screen Time is something great and I will probably use it a lot since I'm a productivity freak. But I can't help but think that the company took advantage of the complaint made by the investors regarding children being addicted to their phones and tablets; so, instead of preparing something different for kids, they've built a comprehensive reporting on mobile usage so this could be an iOS 12 feature and extended it to children. Quite brilliant, actually.
Additionally, in this next version of the system, we will be able to enjoy Siri even when Low Power Mode is activated, something I still don't understand why we couldn't do before, but anyways…
Speaking of Siri, iOS 12 will bring some improvements to the virtual assistant — at least that is what Apple told us. Instead of going through all the trouble of improving the whole structure of their virtual assistant, they've bought the app Workflow and made the automations work with Siri — and let the users do the rest. So, if people want the assistant to do this or that, they can do so by (manually) creating automations with specific commands so the assistant can run it.
"Do you want it? Then do it yourself and be happy." Smart move, Apple.