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

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

Apple has unveiled digital wellbeing tools to help people reduce the time they spend glued to their screens.

"Some apps send us flurries of notifications trying to draw us in for fear of missing out", said Apple's senior vice-president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, speaking to a 6,000-strong audience at WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose on Monday. The Alphabet Inc. company has a new Dashboard for Android phones that lets people monitor how long they're using other apps and reminds them to take a break.

"Our deepest focus this year is optimizing the system when it's under load; that's when you need performance the most and where iOS 12 really shines", said Federighi. You can now also group notifications with iOS 12. Yes. Since March and last November respectively, Assistant and Alexa have allowed users to, for example, program "Good morning" to turn on lights, start your coffee maker, and launch Spotify.

You can now assign phrases to Siri with other apps to help the digital assistant answer commands faster.

With a new iOS 12 feature called Shortcuts, any app can add quick actions to Siri for fast, more streamlined access.

This includes Apple working with Pixar to create a new file format - called USDZ. It will be possible to limit how much you use an app each day, with warnings popping-up when the limits are close.

It also found 77 per cent of these children with social media accounts used both Facebook and Instagram, and that Apple products remain highly sought after by children as they enter their teens.

The new gesture bodes well for Apple's 2018 iPhone lineup which will comprise of three new iPhones, with all of them lacking a home button and featuring Face ID.

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Apple is set to introduce four new Animoji in the iOS 12 update. Going forward, any new notifications will be grouped by app and appear in a numbered stack on the lock screen.

Closing off the iOS 12 presentation was the unveiling of Memoji - personalised emoji based on a user's appearance which can be customised - and FaceTime upgrades.

There are several other features to look forward to, including the grouping of notifications to eliminate an onslaught of notifications from the same app, and group FaceTimes.

The company broadened the ways that developers could work with Siri, allowing more in-app use.

That's because two big features are coming to iOS 12: tongue detection on Animoji and personalized Memoji. ARKit 2.0 will allow multiple people to share the same AR experience in real time - in short, this means you will be able to play the same AR game at the same time as your buddy. Federighi credits the boost in performance for older devices to iOS's tight integration with its A-series chips that power all of the devices that support iOS 12.

By tapping and "drawing" a line with the app and your device's camera, it provides measurements of 3D objects like a suitcase - in inches and centimetres.

Apple is making beta versions of its software available to developers, but download them at your own risk and certainly don't put them on devices you rely on for daily use.

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