IOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time

Student developers arrive in full force for Apple’s WWDC		
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Student developers arrive in full force for Apple’s WWDC Lucas Matney 7 hours

The company is also set to preview iOS 12, the new version of the iPhone and iPad operating system, including bug fixes and other enhancements.

Testing iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 Plus saw the phone launch apps 40% faster, call up the keyboard display 50% faster, and slide up to take a photo up to 70% faster, Federighi said. It also comes upgrades of several of the features available on iOS including Siri. In iOS 12 users can share AR objects in Messages or Mail and a new AR app called Measure helps measure real-world 3D objects using your camera. LEGO, among other companies, are on board to create apps that share the same AR environments.

USDZ works on all Apple devices, and Adobe will provide native USDZ support in its Creative Cloud suite. Apparently, you can now search by nearly anything - even broad terms like museum, office, bar. "Ultimately, Apple might be able to sell more phones by telling people, "Our phones come with these structures that allow you to not spend so much time on your phone'". There are also enhanced notifications that'll let you interact with third-party apps, letting you do things like modify the time of a reservation with Yelp on your wrist.

During Downtime, notifications from apps won't be displayed, and a badge will appear on apps to indicate they are not allowed to be used. Siri Suggestions then uses those shortcuts to suggest to you something you might have forgotten like ordering your morning coffee, in case you didn't do that on Monday morning. Apple would need to introduce some buzz-worthy new products to galvanize patronage and bolster their market valuation.

The feature isn't as useful on iPhone as the iPad. It will now have support for audio books.

"Great technology should improve life, not distract from it", reads Google's new digital wellbeing site.

Control notificationsUsers will get more control over how app notifications are delivered. And a Screen Time app will offer a weekly activity summary detailing how you use your device, and which apps take up the most of your time.

Numerous new features address recent concerns about the "attention economy"; that is, the effect digital device use has on our collective mental wellbeing.

Apple isn't just hitting back at social media sites - the company is also making it harder for advertiser networks to track users based on the kinds of devices they use.

On the first day of the event, important for the keynote address, Apple announced iOS 12, Mac OS Mojave, and Watch OS 5.

The iPhone X animoji feature has been expanded to included customisable human faces. There is also an update for the Animojis called Memojis. There are probably a ton of other changes and improvements that we will discover over time but these are just some of what Apple announced at WWDC 2018.

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