IOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time

IOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time

IOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time

Apple's Siri voice assistant has avoided splashy headlines about privacy issues mostly because it is not created to be listening and collecting data 24/7 like Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant - but Siri's not ideal, either.

The first public beta of iOS 12 will be available later this month, while the full version will be released later this autumn, most probably in September.

Apple has said that IOS 12 will work on all the devices that iOS 11 supported, and it's actually focussing a lot on those older devices.

Also, iOS 12 now groups notifications by app and topics. As an example, the iPhone 6 Plus was able to run up to 40 percent faster. The company said it is "doubling down on performance" with this update, too.

Last year, Apple took its first major steps into the augmented reality industry with the introduction of the ARKit development platform for AR apps on iOS devices. Among the biggest is the ability to link together a number of different actions through a new feature called Siri shortcuts. For instance, a new "Reading now" section will show you where you were left off. In April, it poached a top Google executive to spearhead its machine learning and AI efforts, so a preview of Siri improvements could also be on the table. These show up in the left homescreen page and it searches through places on your device like Calendar and Mail to bring up suggestions. If you're late to a meeting, Siri can suggest that you call into the meeting or text its organizer.

Here's the app you'll need for the Apple TV, but be warned it'll need to be running tvOS 10.2 software or above to be able to download the app.

Stocks and Voice Memos coming to the iPad. A new design makes it easier to capture, share and edit recordings.

In iOS 12 there's a new "Weekly Summary" feature that'll tell you how much you use your phone per week. The tech giant will also be offering activity reports to give users an idea of how much time they are spending on their devices for individual apps and how many notifications they're getting.

The next versions of iOS and macOS will present alerts that ask: "Do you want to allow to use cookies and available data while browsing?"

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.

The app control goes even deeper with Allowances and downtime. "We're very excited about the new communications features we're bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime", said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "Group FaceTime", as it's called, will support up to 32 users in the same conversation.

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