Apple Just Debuted Powerful New Augmented Reality Features

Apple Just Debuted Powerful New Augmented Reality Features

"Turns out "like" buttons and "comment" fields can be used to track you, so this year we are shutting that down", Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi told the conference.

New features help protect users' anonymity online.

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference began today with the WWDC 2018 keynote event and, as we expected, a lot of new features and functionality has been revealed for iOS 12, watchOS, tvOS and macOS, too, with the latter even getting a dramatic upgrade into macOS Mojave. The "Screen Time" feature gives parents the ability to schedule a block of time to limit when their child's iOS device can't be used, such as at bedtime.

With App Limits users can set a limit for how much time they want to spend in an app and receive notifications when that time is about to expire.

The new features will be added in the updated version of Safari that comes in macOS Mojave and iOS 12. Federighi said that they want to make it "dramatically more hard for these companies to track you".

One of the big recurring questions that Apple has faced in recent years is: "are you merging iOS and MacOS"?

Up to 2x faster app launch under heavy workload. This doesn't quite overhaul the system, but instead expands the applications for augment reality on iOS devices. There will also be a new sharing suggestion feature in the Photo app that will prompt friends to "share back" any photos or videos from the same event and a new search suggestion based on the people, places and events that are most relevant to the user.

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Apple has sought to position itself as a leader in digital privacy, and chief executive officer Tim Cook has publicly sparred with Mark Zuckerberg over the Facebook CEO's data-sharing controversies. Yup, Watch users will be able to send short audio messages to each other with a tap. Safari now also presents simplified system information so you can't be tracked via your system configuration. A new metric, rolling kilometre pace, has also been introduced so runners can see their pace for the immediately preceding kilometre in addition to their average pace or current pace.

Users will also no longer be required to say "hey Siri" when they lift their wrists to communicate with the virtual assistant.

While some of the updates are significant, others are less so, depending on the maturity of the platform. Apple's TV lead designer, Jennifer Folse, said Apple will be "the only streaming player to be both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified". App Limits will allow you to set time limits for specific apps, and while they can be ignored by a regular user, a managed phone will be reinforced.

The decision came after two shareholders, California State Teachers' Retirement System and Jana Partners, which own about $2 billion in Apple stock combined, released a letter that said Apple needs to take a stance against iPhone addiction and mental health issues the device creates in people, The Verge reported. As the Deseret News reported, the tech company said it wanted to add new features to help people take smartphone addiction seriously, especially among children.

The feature, known as USB Restricted Mode, requires that users unlock their iPhone with a password when connecting to it a USB device.

"Dark Mode brings a dramatic new look to macOS that puts your content front and center", said Federighi. A new Discover tab has an emphasis on curation, with Apple-produced editorial content shining a light on new and interesting apps.

Apple has said new operating systems powering its devices will include features created to thwart the use of secret trackers to monitor people's online activities.

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