IOS 12 introduces new features to help you curb your iPhone addiction

IOS 12 introduces new features to help you curb your iPhone addiction

IOS 12 introduces new features to help you curb your iPhone addiction

Apple is adding both of the new Safari features to the versions of the web browser that come with the Mac, the iPhone and the iPad.

Those with a paid Apple Developer account can download and install iOS 12, along with WatchOS 5, MacOS Mojave and the latest TVOS beta through the developer portal. The new software will be make iOS devices faster and more responsive, he said. "With iOS 12, we're enabling new experiences that weren't possible before".

Enhanced privacy was part of a slew of improvements touted by Apple to developers, whose creations are key to the popularity of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

The company described how iOS 12 will include several new features to help you not use your phone so dang much.

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Tweaks to the do not disturb function also clean up notifications, and allow do not disturb to automatically end in response to a specific time or location. Native USDZ support coming to Adobe Creative Cloud, too, so there will be new apps for Creative Cloud and a new iOS app that lets you take images and text and put it in AR, Apple explained while on stage. Apple says that software will focus on optimizing performance.

Along with the announcement of the new and improved ARKit 2, Apple introduced a new file format for AR scenes called usdz, which is based on the Universal Scene Description file format.

Bloomberg reports that there will be updates to ARKit, the framework the company released a year ago to help developers build augmented-reality apps. It'll tell you how often you pick up your phone, which apps send you the most notifications and so on.

As with all Apple software updates, enhanced privacy and security remain a top priority in iOS 12. Tapping on a notification allows the user to individually view and dismiss notifications as needed. If you want to use Facebook features on a website, you'll get a prompt asking if you want Facebook.com to access your cookies and website data. Screen Time also gives parents access to their child's Activity Report right from their own iOS devices using Family Sharing in iCloud, and allows them to schedule times to limit when a child's iOS device can be used, such as during bedtime. So if you're one of the 81 per cent of Apple users now using the latest version of its OS, you're in luck. Additionally, the OS is set to offer more control over notifications, more information about app and device usage, and improved Siri functionality. According to Federighi, it will no longer support legacy plug-ins and will present webpages with simplified system configurations. Siri can also surface favorite photos by person, place, event, time and topic. Users can also create their own emoji using a new feature known as Memoji, designing emoji to look how they want.

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