Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Apple gives Siri new powers over apps

Apple gives Siri new powers over apps

Apple is standardizing certain features across iOS and macOS so that developers won't have to re-code functions like copy and paste, or scrolling, or windows resizing. They also announced that apps will also be coming to the Mac App Store such as Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Lightroom CC, Barebones BB Edit, Transmit, and also new games. This points to Apple possibly introducing a dark theme in macOS 10.14 and perhaps even in iOS 12. macOS already has a dark mode but it is not applied system wide.

Finder has not been changed too much, but it will have a new Gallery View. The WatchOS now also gets new Interactive Notifications, Web Content as well as third-party app integration.

Dark Mode features a black background, dark-gray scrollbars and white text, and works with most default Windows 10 apps. With a single app for all machines, Mac, iPad and iPhone users will get new features at the same time. Users can also customise their Stacks to sort the clutter based on file attributes such as date and tags.

A set of new screenshots and video - tweeted out into the public domain by developer Steven Troughton-Smith - shows Apple's upcoming macOS 10.14 operating system, giving us an insight into a new dark mode, as well as the existence of a stock Apple News app for Mac.

But the redesign doesn't mean apps will totally dominate the Mac experience, as they do on iPhone.

iOS 12 will bring about more customization options for Do Not Disturb mode.

Also visible is an Apple News icon in the dock, as now found in iOS, which all-but-confirms that Apple is porting its Apple News app over the Mac in desktop form.

You'll be able to FaceTime with up to 32 people in the same group at the same time, which is probably way more that you'll ever need. While the developer preview of macOS Mojave is now available to Apple Developer Program members, the public beta of the new macOS will be available to Mac users in late June. There will be new features that will give users a deep dive on how much they use the phone, which apps consume the most time and which apps are drawing them in. Apple also announces "Memojis".

Privacy and security upgrades to macOS and Safari were also detailed. Users will be able to lock down access to their camera, location, microphone, cookies, messaging history, and more.

No, Apple is not merging iOS and macOS, but.

. Data miners can use unique characteristics about attributes of users' Mac hardware and OS to identify them.

This will curb the tracking abilities of social media websites including Facebook.

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