Apple unveils features to help tackle 'smartphone addiction'

Marco Green
June 5, 2018

At WWDC, Apple is making changes to iOS along the same lines. Apple says that it's "doubling down on performance" with iOS 12, bringing the update to all devices that run iOS 11 to help them run better. The Group FaceTime app allows people to join the call whenever, too, allows an audio-only connection from Apple Watch, and features a new floating tile-based UI that grows a person's tile when they are talking to make them more visible to the call's participants. Apps can now be programed to extend their functionality into Siri so that you can issue voice commands related to them. Millions of individuals use the Mac App Store regularly.

Sound familiar? Siri's rivals, Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, both offer Routines features that allow you to tie multiple actions to one trigger phrase. Of course, some people have things like jobs and other pesky obligations that might prevent them from focusing on an Apple event for several hours.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem you can set a hard limit. It's a simple case of grabbing the Configuration Profile straight from Apple itself and then installing it onto your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

watchOS 5 The new software update to Apple's wearable devices comes with a range of new features such as Activity Sharing competitions, advanced running features, auto-workout detection. Apple also claims that, contrary to quite literally every single iOS update to this point, downloading iOS 12 will speed up your phone.

"Camera launches up to 70 percent faster, the keyboard appears up to 50 percent faster and typing is more responsive". Apple tried to use WWDC to improve Siri but there weren't a whole load of announcements.

A revamped Stock tracking app with Apple News integration. It'll be available on the Apple Watch Series 1 and later, so anyone with an original Apple Watch will remain on watchOS 4.

Do Not Disturb During Bedtime will limit notifications you see at night time, so it isn't a barrage of information. Notifications will also be more interactive, allowing users to rate a driver or check into their flight right from the notification on their watch.

Apple TV 4K, tvOS 12 As the name suggests, the new Apple TV supports 4K content. At WWDC, Apple typically previews new versions of its iOS and MacOS operating systems months ahead of releasing the finished software to the public. That means a healthy balance between their iPhone and the real world. Adobe's Creative Cloud services will support the new file format.

The company also announced ARKit 2 for developing more immersive AR experiences.

"Some apps demand more of our attention than we might realise", Federighi said. For example, parents can block children from using specific apps and features when they should be asleep. The feature will provide a weekly breakdown of device usage: how long you are using each app for, when you're using each app, how often you unlock your phone, and where the most notifications come from.

If you are interested in learning about the features of iOS 12, you can check them out by heading over to this link.

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