The company announced its next-generation mobile software iOS 12 is packed with performance improvements, quirky features like an animated version of you and a tool to help combat your tech addiction.
As predicted, the next version of iOS is all about performance and stability, which means we aren't getting as many major new features as in years past.
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Craig Federighi introduces iOS 12.
In an announcement that must have Houseparty a little nervous, iOS 12 will have updated Facetime that allows group video calls.
Apple also rolled out group video chat sessions with up to 32 users, putting it in direct competition with companies such as Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) and Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) Skype. You can now send notifications from the lock screen to the notification center, with Siri now recommending you to disable notifications from apps that you don't use.
For example, saying the word "Travel Plans" could prompt Siri to pull your flight and hotel info from the Kayak app and relay it to you.
Grouped notifications: We all get a rush of anxiety, or even panic when we see how many notifications our phone has racked up while away from it. A new "For You" tab has also been added that puts all your favorite pictures, memories, and shared folders in one location. It'll now begin looking for relevant photos before you've completed your search query, and it'll make improved search suggestions as you try to nail down the specific image you're looking for.
Apple has teamed up with Pixar to create an Augmented Reality file format called USDZ or Universal Scene Description.
With iOS 12, Siri will be able to automate your work routine, becoming an AI-powered business assistant that can help professionals achieve more efficiency and productivity. A new Discover tab has an emphasis on curation, with Apple-produced editorial content shining a light on new and interesting apps.
Animoji: There are four new Animojis: a new tiger, koala, t-rex, and your own Animoji: Memoji.
Of course, you can also see the objects you've left behind and tinker with them yourself.
The conference kickoff came the same day the New York Times reported Facebook gave special access to device makers, including Apple, to personal data on social network users and their friends.
The most notable enhancement is called "Screen Time", an activity report showing how much time you're spending inside of individual apps, how often you pick up your phone and which apps are sending you the most notifications.
Today, 81% of active iOS devices-numbering more than 1 billion-are running the latest iOS release, Federighi said (this number is only 6% for Android, he added).
"Simplified system information when users browse the web, preventing them from being tracked based on their system configuration".