Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Hashtag Trending - Apple WWDC updates: watchOS 5, iOS 12, macOS Mojave

Hashtag Trending - Apple WWDC updates: watchOS 5, iOS 12, macOS Mojave

Apple also intends to crack down on data companies' ability to identify specific devices by creating a unique fingerprint based on a device's settings, installed fonts and plug-ins. "For some of us it's become such a habit we don't even recognise just how distracted we've become", said Apple's senior vice-president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, according to a report in The Guardian.

Among the features created to keep users glued to their devices, the company showed off new augmented reality features that blend the real and online worlds - including a demonstration of a new Lego children's playtime app that allows kids to use their phones to interact with toy models they had built.

"Its no surprise smartphone manufacturers are looking to build usage controls in their devices, given the high level of self-reported addiction by users", Telsyte principal Foad Fadaghi said.
Unlike those rivals, though, it only works on Apple hardware - Macs, iPads and iPhones. You can now send notifications from the lock screen to the notification center, with Siri now recommending you to disable notifications from apps that you don't use. Even better, Apple has focused on performance improvement on its older devices.

The DND feature also does a similar job, except for it doesn't restrict you from using an app, but instead hides notifications from apps that you don't want to be using in certain scenarios.

New tools were announced to clamp down on Like and Share buttons and other web tools that can track users around the internet.

Apple isn't new to the idea of selling ads in apps.

It's not clear whether or when Apple will launch the new ad network. The format will also get support in Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of apps for professional photographers, videographers and designers.

The company also will allow broader use of in-app voice controls, which it had limited to a handful of apps, such as PayPal and Uber.

Apple also unveiled an app called "Measure" that measures boxes and other objects in the real world by pointing the camera at them.

Apple wants its digital assistant Siri to do more. Thanks to face recognition, the sharing suggestion would be to people who are actually in the photos.

"Apple can play a defining role in signalling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do", Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System wrote, in an open letter. Notifications can be grouped by app as well as topic and thread.

Apple says iOS 12 won't slow down your older phone.

Meanwhile, the company is enabling group video conferencing with up to 32 people through FaceTime.

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