Apple introduces distraction reducing controls for iOS devices

07 June, 2018, 04:49 | Author: Leah Owens
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We'll start to see these Siri changes in iOS 12, macOS Mojave, watchOS 5 and other Apple software releases later this year.

Although Apple cut the price of battery replacements for the affected handsets, the company has found a way to boost the performance of its old handsets with its iOS 12 mobile software, expected to launch later this year. The new system will work on a range of products that date back to 2013. Both features relied on the face-tracking abilities of the TrueDepth camera that's now exclusively on the iPhone X. Amazon, by contrast, was much more open to controlling apps with its Alexa assistant.

The company said its Safari web browser for both Macs and iPhones will keep users from being tracked without their permission by websites that use "like" or "share" buttons from social media companies.

Apple also rolled out group video chat sessions with up to 32 users, putting it in direct competition with companies such as Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) and Microsoft Corp's Skype. But it doesn't offer the level of control by individual apps that Screen Time proposes.

"We believe your private data should remain private", said Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi.

There are rumours that Apple had entrance to Facebook users' private data, the new Screen Time feature, and the Trump administration.

During that time, app notifications are blocked from showing up on the home screen.

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Parents will be able to set limits for time their children set in apps and get detailed reports regarding which apps are used. They include an app called "Shortcuts", and activity prompts called "Suggestions", that will help Apple users more easily integrate Siri into everyday life.

Of any features, this might be most important to parents.

The Shortcuts app may help narrow the gap with rivals. This is essentially a personalised Animoji users can create to look like themselves (or anyone they know really) and use to talk to friends.

The tools will be baked into iOS 12 and will let people limit how much they use certain distracting apps, among other features.

The software update will also let people group similar tasks together into shortcuts that can be accessed by simple phrases like "heading home". For example, you can hop into the auto and say "heading home", and Siri will tell you how much time you have left in your drive, turn on your thermostat at home (using Apple's HomeKit), and turn on the radio station you prefer for your drive.

The new Apple features previewed on Monday won't reach users for a few months. It comes with a something called "Dark Mode", which makes all first party apps take on a darker hue, making night work easier on the eyes.

Since the keynote, Apple has put out a new webpage touting iOS12 features, and spotlighted ten Siri additions.

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