IOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time

IOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time

The latest version of Apple's operating system for the iPhone and iPad, iOS 12, will make older devices, such as the iPhone 6, work better. That means comparability will be fairly widespread, for iPhones and iPads.

On the iOS 12 Face ID & Passcode settings is a new entry: Set Up an Alternate Appearance. A new Shortcuts app will let you build multi-step shortcuts, too.

Another app demoed-measurements-will allow your iPhone or iPad to measure objects and items with just the camera by scrolling.

Apple's Craig Federighi details new measures to help you ignore your phone. Apps can now be programed to extend their functionality into Siri so that you can issue voice commands related to them.

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Last year, Apple added "intelligent tracking prevention" that imposes time limits on tracking cookies and takes other measures to try to prevent advertising tech companies from following users around the web. There are new sharing suggestions as well, to share photos will friends who may be detected in photos in your library. So if your device was compatible with iOS 11, it will also be compatible with iOS 12. Siri has been struggling to keep up with the ever-improving Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Adults of course can go over these set limits, however it acts as a gentle reminder that a certain usage time has been hit, which for many people will be a good deterrent against overuse. Thanks to optimizations when your device is under heavy load, the share sheet and app launches occur up to twice as fast. So for example, if you are browsing the website of your favourite Pizza chain which has Like and Share buttons embedded on the page, Safari in macOS Mojave will show you a prompt asking you whether you want Facebook.com to track you or not, and if you say no the Facebook related plugins will not be loaded on the page. Do Not Disturb (during bedtime) helps prevent you from being sucked into notification hell when you wake up in the middle of the night. What will be hidden away are distracting app notifications from the lock screen. There are also enhanced notifications that'll let you interact with third-party apps, letting you do things like modify the time of a reservation with Yelp on your wrist. One way it's doing this is with a Screen Time app that'll show you info like how long you've used your phone in a day, which apps you've used, and how often you pick up your iPhone.

Other new features include parental controls to limit the time children spend in apps, as well as which apps they can use. These tools will become available to developers sometime in 2019, though Apple already used internal versions of these tools to bring iOS apps like Apple News and Stocks to macOS Mojave. These include a ghost, tiger, koala, and...a Tyrannosaurus rex.

New Create, Work, Play, and Develop tabs: You'll be able to visit these tabs to find helpful app recommendations and expertise relevant to the topic you choose.

FaceTime finally gets group video chat support in iOS 12, with the ability to have as many as 32 different people on a single FaceTime video call.

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