Thursday, 18 October, 2018

New features coming to iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches in iOS 12

Susan Prescott Apple's vice president of product marketing announces updates to Apple's Stocks app at WWDC Monday in San Jose.                  Sean Buckley  CNET Susan Prescott Apple's vice president of product marketing announces updates to Apple's Stocks app at WWDC Monday in San Jose. Sean Buckley CNET
Pete Mitchell | 06 June, 2018, 02:16

One of those was Siri shortcuts, which are basically customizable voice commands that can connect with any app, and is Apple's way of telling iOS developers that there is a reason to care about Siri.

Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks with Apple CEO Tim Cook using the new group Facetime feature at the Apple Worldwide Developer conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, U.S., June 4, 2018.

Apple announced an improved Do Not Disturb feature, which includes a "Do not disturb during bedtime" setting, while users will also now be able to set time limits on individual apps. Why? Resetting Face ID will remove all the data Face ID has learned about your face over time.

Those features also carry over to a child's device that is linked to your iCloud account through Apple's Family Sharing feature. Google recently unveiled digital wellbeing features in Android P, and now Apple is adding similar screen time limits to iOS 12.

New features help protect users' anonymity online. Bloomberg reports that the company wants to spread the wealth of the iOS App Store to desktop computers and will announce a new feature that lets iPhone apps run on Macs. As a user gets closer to their time limit, they will receive a notification. Federighi explained that iOS 12 will essentially tell your iPhone's chip to ramp up speed a lot faster to open an app compared to previous versions of iOS, which ramp up chip speed at a more gradual pace. iOS 12 will also tell your iPhone's chip to ramp down its speed more quickly when it's not needed to save battery life, too.

So what's new? The Verge breaks down iOS 12 into a number of categories, which we'll list off briefly below.

"We think this is going to be helpful for many people, but especially for some kids", said Federighi while unveiling the app. "We may not even recognize how distracted we've become".

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Apple is also planning an update to ARKit, its platform for developers to build augmented-reality experiences on iPhone and iPads, which it initially announced a year ago.

A few other questions linger over WWDC this year: Can Apple make augmented reality useful for more than cool demos? The Animoji characters which first debuted with the iPhone X launch will expand with a ghost, koala, tiger, and tyrannosaurus rex.

With iOS 12, notifications are now grouped by app, removing the never-ending list of notifications that greeted me each morning.

Apple Inc. said it will combine the different software systems underpinning iPhone and Mac apps, creating a larger, more-attractive ecosystem for millions of developers.

Apple's Safari browser will block tracking via "Likes" "Shares" in iOS 12 and macOS in order to protect user privacy and data. They are Animojis designed after you. No specific release date has been set yet save for a rough timeframe in the fall where it will most likely be released alongside the new iPhones.

There's even a feature which turns the display black and white to encourage you to stop using certain apps.

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