Apple Introduces New Controls for Limiting Time Spent on Devices

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The controls allow users to set "Do Not Disturb" modes on their phones, such as at night or during trips to the playground with their kids.

Under Featured Downloads, find iOS 12. The phone's screen can also be set to dim automatically just before bedtime. Last year's major release, iOS 11, had a bevy of problems related to phone calls, incorrect characters appearing in Apple's iMessage service, apps crashing and appearing on the Home screen in the wrong place.

Parents will get even more information and oversight, including the ability to see their child's activity report from their own device and the power to schedule times (around bed time, for example) when certain apps can not be used. Experts worry that all the flashy colors and beeps give users short-term, feel-good rewards while increasing stress in the long run.

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. With this users could jump to information about an upcoming trip by using a shortcut into the Kayak app.

An activity report will now let you see how much you use of an app each day.

You can now assign phrases to Siri with other apps to help the digital assistant answer commands faster. This update should be welcome for those with ageing iPads.

Big news today if you're one of the 67% of Americans who own an Apple product.

Beyond cookies, Apple is also pouring cold water on device fingerprinting, a process by which advertisers or data companies collect unique characteristics like specific font types that have been installed, screen dimensions and plugins in order to triangulate identity as a user browses the web.

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"Some apps demand more of our attention than we might realise", Mr Federighi said.

Apple's other big announcement around tvOS 12 was that Charter Communications will be offering Apple TV 4K to its customers. You might, for instance, tap on an image in a news article to view the object in an interactive 3D environment.

Apple is trying to extend AR experiences to a broader population, rather than just hard-core, tech-savvy users. The company started that effort previous year when it built AR tools into most iPhones and iPads; by contrast, Google had limited that to niche Android phone models.

The new macOS, along with iOS 12, will roll out this fall, and a beta edition for developers is coming this week as part of WWDC. Adobe will also add native USDZ support for Creative Cloud suite. The company said it would place new restrictions on how apps can access users' cameras and microphones, and make it more hard for data-collection firms to create identifiable "fingerprints" of individual devices.

Apple also revamped its object detection technology with ARKit 2. That brings Apple more on par with other smart assistants from Google and Amazon, which already work with third-party speakers.

A new design makes it easier to capture, share and edit recordings. Later on your phone will remind you to send those photos to your friend, and then remind your friends to send their photos of the affair to you.