What the Tech? iOS 12 introduction

Apple CEO Tim Cook poses for selfies with the company's WWDC scholarship recipients

Apple CEO Tim Cook poses for selfies with the company's WWDC scholarship

Details of the iOS 12 software update - available later this month in public beta form - were announced Monday at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC18, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Through AR, iPhone users now can measure objects.

iOS 12 will bring with it a new feature called Screen Time which will reveal just how much time tasks and specific apps are taking up.

CNET reports the new tools on iOS 12 can be synced across devices, and also allow parents to set limits for kids to help them better manage their children's screen time.

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The app allows the users to set a limit of each app individually, and a notification will be displayed when the limit is about to end. Users can now also put time limits on the certain app after which they will be notified if they use that particular app for more duration.

"Equipped with this insight, you can make decisions about how much time you want to spend with your device each day".

Google has responded. It past year updated a tool called Family Link that gives parents the ability to monitor their children's device use remotely.

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If you're not a fan of the new aesthetic, you'll be able toggle between a light and dark mode. You can also get a feel for the software's performance on your phone or tablet, an intriguing proposition for those of you struggling on iOS 11. And the version 2.0 of ARKit is to change the way Apple users interact with their phones. With Measure, you can measure objects or walls around you thanks to some new augmented reality tools from Apple.

All of these new features will be available in iOS 12 later this year. Do Not Disturb will show just the clock time, suppressing the usual flurry of notifications that can pull you in at a glance.

"Some apps demand more of our attention than we might realise", Mr Federighi said. There are many new features coming to the Mac App Store as well, including a side bar that will feature things like a Developer tab as well as Work, Create, Play, and Discover tabs.

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