While these new iOS12 features might have been created to make nice with investors and generate some positive PR, we really do have an unhealthy relationship with our devices.
Phone addiction is a big deal lately, and Apple has heard this loud and clear: iOS 12 will include a handful of new features to help with phone addiction.
With iOS 12, Siri will be able to automate your work routine, becoming an AI-powered business assistant that can help professionals achieve more efficiency and productivity.
At WWDC 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced iOS 12, which is expected to roll out later this year. For example, Apple says that an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 12 will get faster keyboard pop-up and faster app launches. Screen time is recorded and the app limit will notify you once your time is up.
The slew of tools includes updates to "Do Not Disturb" and new ways to manage notifications.
Even better, notifications can now be grouped together so that you can multiple notification settings at the same time. You will also be woken up to a new screen that gives you a summary of your day.
Features like Screen Time and Do Not Disturb During Bedtime mode are easy and cheap. Don't worry if you missed out on watching Apple's big show on Monday though, because we've got you covered. For example, parents can block children from using specific apps and features when they should be asleep.
Animoji: There are four new Animojis: a new tiger, koala, t-rex, and your own Animoji: Memoji. Animojis now also feature tongue detection thereby allowing you to express yourself better. But I wouldn't recommend doing that in public. IPhones depend on the App Store, but Apple developers had to make different apps if they wanted their offerings to work on Mac computers, too. Kind of like Snapchat.
Group FaceTime is finally here and it supports 32 participants in one call, beating both Skype and Hangouts which max out at 25. It also integrates with iMessage, so you can invite others in a group to join your call right from iMessage. Apple is also launching Mac versions of its News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memo apps as it embarks on a "multi-year" effort to allow easier porting of iOS apps to the Mac. All powered by on-device machine learning. These include new "competitions" within the Activity app, letting you challenge buddies to fitness duels and earn badges. Siri can also access your calendar, and if you are late to a meeting, the assistant will suggest texting the meeting organizer to let them know. When it comes to operating systems, Apple does a great job of not leaving users behind.
Apple also rolled out new tools for augmented reality, saying users would be able to share worlds in games, for instance. Animoji can be created to look similar to users' real-world appearance, or with a variety of digital accouterments like hats and costumes.
Third-party mapping and navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze are coming to CarPlay, Apple's in-car interface for using apps while driving. With Measure, you can measure objects or walls around you thanks to some new augmented reality tools from Apple.