Based on what Apple has already said - albeit behind closed doors - we can expect iOS 12 to address issues with performance and quality, and focus on stability and bug fixes. But don't worry, there's sure to be some killer new features too - such as AirPlay 2, which didn't appear in the iOS 11.3 update, despite being in the beta.
Release dateiOS 12 will launch in September 2018.Apple is a creature of habit when it comes to OS updates, and past behaviour strongly points to iOS 12 (along with macOS 10.14, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5) being announced and demoed at WWDC in summer (probably June) 2018, before rolling out as a series of beta testing versions, first for developers and then as part of a public beta.
Unfortunately it looks like the major revamp will have to wait for iOS 13 in 2019. Unlucky for some? But there's still plenty of good stuff to look forward to in 2018.
Possible: Merging of macOS and iOSYou might be able to run MacOS apps on the iPad and vice versa when it launches in the autumn. At least that’s Apple’s plan, according to an Axios report.Back in December 2017 Bloomberg wrote that Apple plans to combine iPhone, iPad and Mac apps as part of a secret project called ‘Marzipan’.According to Bloomberg: “Apple plans to change that by giving people a way to use a single set of apps that work equally well across its family of devices: iPhones, iPads and Macs.”
Near certainty: Improved Shazam integrationNaturally we're expecting improved Shazam integration in the iPhone and iPad, following Apple's acquisition of the company. An easy one to start.Possible: AirPlay 2AirPlay 2 is an important update to Apple's AirPlay tech because it allows for multi-room audio (a potentially key feature for the HomePod). Support for AirPlay 2 was included in the first couple of betas of iOS 11.3, but it had vanished in the third beta, which has led some to speculate that it may have been delayed until iOS 12.
Confirmed: Performance and quality improvementsWe also know that Apple is spending time on addressing issues with performance and quality, according to a Axios report by Ina Fried (who was formerly a reporter at Apple favourites Re/code and All Things Digital).According to the report, Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi told employees at a meeting in January 2018 that Apple has decided to delay some of the new features it was working on in favour of spending time on addressing issues with performance and quality.
Very likely: Augmented realityIt's expected that Augmented Reality features and ARKit will see a boost in the next version of iOS.Very likely: Parental ControlsLikely spurred on by calls from some big Apple investors, Apple's going to make some improvements in terms of Parental Controls in iOS 12.
Possible: Multi-user FaceTime callsThe Verifier has predicted that Apple will introduce a feature long requested by iOS users: the ability to make group calls via FaceTime video in a similar way to services like Skype. The site adds that Apple is considering making the FaceTime app more of a social experience by adding filters similar to apps like Snapchat and MSQRD that have had huge success off the back of the filters.