Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday by sharing some new details about its latest mobile software, iOS 12. "It's a lot like a calorie counter on menus, showing you how much time you're spending on your phone on this category or that category because at least then you have the information and you can make smarter choices".
As such, the older smartphones, which traditionally would not receive the new update, will remain current for another year. Through AR, iPhone users now can measure objects.
The new macOS update also brings new apps such as News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home.
Siri Shortcuts, which are set to come to iPhones and iPads with iOS 12, might finally let you use Siri to control third-party music streaming services, after years of only being usable with Apple Music. It keeps track of the time from the moment you turn on an app to minute you turn it off. That way, whenever you activate your iPhone's screen to see what time it is, it won't show you all of the notifications that end up distracting you when you should be sleeping.
Downtime is another tool for parents that will allow them to partially disable their child's device for a period of time, like bedtime or school.More news: 5 talking points ahead of the men's French Open final
It will also add new features to help users clean up desktops, preview photos, alter screenshots and an app to create password-protected PDFs. Up to 32 people can be in on the same Facetime call, which will be especially important for employees to hold face-to-face meetings with a large group.
Apple also added a new app Measure that can "quickly gauge the size of real-world objects similar to a tape measure".
The app switcher now allows you to swipe apps away without the need to hold down on them first. Tell us your concerns and things you are most excited about in the comment section below.
Siri's automation feature is based on Workflow, a startup that was recently acquired by Apple.