Apple announces iOS 12 with app updates and performance improvements

07 June, 2018, 02:47 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook enters the stage for a keynote address during the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose California

Along with ways to limit distracting notifications from iPhones, a new Screen Time feature allows people to more tightly control and monitor time spent in applications. FaceTime feature, according to Apple, will be integrated into messages which will let users transit a group chat into a group video call.

Apple and Google are introducing new tools to help users cut down on their screen time.

Users will also be able to receive weekly reports on the amount of time they spend in each app and limit themselves to a certain amount of time per day. "The latter is becoming especially important as Apple leans more heavily on services - which require more ongoing collaboration than a gadget does - to make its money".

Apple on Monday unveiled new operating systems for its iPhones and computers with features created to thwart the use of secret trackers to monitor people's online activities. Facebook insisted there was nothing scandalous and said the deals were created to make it easier for people to use Facebook features without opening its app or website.

Since the past year, Apple has had its focus stuck to the augmented reality that allows people experience digital entities in the actual world via their phone screen. This won't come as a surprise as the first generation Apple Watch comes with older hardware.

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Apple is trying to extend AR experiences to a broader population, rather than just hard-core, tech-savvy users. What remains to be seen is whether there is enough of a compelling reason for someone to use AR, even if it's built-in to everyday apps. Third-party apps will now be able to let users invoke Siri for commonly used tasks, much the way competing assistants from Google and Amazon long have.

tvOS 12 will also eliminate the need to sign into apps on the platform individually, starting in the US. With this feature, the watch will give you an alert when it's detected you've started a popular kind of workout. It should be clear that Apple's not going to walk away from their 3-tier iPhone lineup this year, and they're probably going to make it simple with three sizes for iPhone X, without the home button, with the notch.

The fitness of the body and mind is a prime concern of the company for which it launched its Apple Watch. The company showed off how photos taken on iPhones can instantly appear inside a Mac document.

Google earlier this month also announced a suite of tools (coming soon) to help people achieve balance in their digital lives, citing that 70 per cent of users wanted help with regulating their digital wellbeing.

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