Apple announces anti-addiction features for iPhones

Apple is expected to announce its new mobile operating system iOS 12

Apple is expected to announce its new mobile operating system iOS 12. Credit Bloomberg

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.

The new Screen Time feature is one of the most significant add-ons with iOS 12. As expected, Apple announced iOS 12 which will be available on all devices running iOS 11.

Apple's ARKit 2 offers improved features and new functionality that the original version lacked, such as improved face tracking and object detection.

One of the major focuses of iOS 12 is augmented reality.

But even as the global hardware behemoth rolled out new security settings, most of its focus remained on creating technology that will allow its legions of developers to build products for Apple's massive App Store. Adobe will also add native USDZ support for Creative Cloud suite.

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Apple added four new Animoji characters in iOS 12, and it also added a feature called Memoji that lets you create your own Animoji characters that look like you or anyone else. It's called "Measure" and it's able to quickly and accurately measure the size of real-world objects.

The new search functionality will use image recognition to find or group photos by recognising events, actions, and genres.

In other words, we're the anti-Facebook and don't you forget it. Just open the app, hold your iPhone or iPhone up to the object, tap the screen in a few key places to get digital measure points, and the app will tell the object's measurements. Third-party apps will now be able to let users invoke Siri for commonly used tasks, much the way competing assistants from Google and Amazon long have. Siri will also suggest options such as delivering alerts quietly or turning it all off completely.

Other new features that come with macOS Mojave include "Stacks" to help organize a messy desktop and the introduction of some familiar apps that were previously not available on Macs including News, Voice Memos and Home Apps.

A newly-designed Apple Books app, for ebooks and audiobooks. While we recommend using an authenticator app for two-factor when possible, this feature certainly does help the login process for services that only support two-factor verification via text message.

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Users can then set time usage limits per app, giving them a notification if they reach a daily time usage limit. LEGO, among other companies, are on board to create apps that share the same AR environments.

One of the new features is the ability to turn on "Do Not Disturb" during bedtime.

Do Not Disturb can now also be used for a set time period.

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. You can now facetime with up to 32 people. Also, anybody in the Group FaceTime will be able to customize how they appear, with different filters, Animoji or Memojis.

Also, iOS 12 now groups notifications by app and topics.

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