IPhone to add new feature that will stop texting while driving

Jun 11, 2017, 01:23

Do Not Disturb While Driving is created to eliminate driver distraction. About 1 in 4 auto accidents every year are caused by the action.

But the situation has become worse with the rise of mobile phones, which buzz in response to every text, snap, and email.

First you need to visit beta.apple.com on your phone or tablet and either sign up, or log into your existing account. Contacts can receive an automatic reply saying that you are driving and will get back to them once you arrive. The alternatives might not have exactly the same look and features, but in most cases you should be able to find a decent replacement. The Files app also contains files from third-party apps such as Dropbox. Both devices also need to be unlocked in order for the feature to work.

Exactly how it makes those guesses remains to be seen.

For now, the HomePod is not coming to India - at least not this year - so you'll need to get it from the U.S. for $349 if you really want one of these gadgets that are to be a sort of iPod for the whole home.

New iMacs unveiled Monday at Apple's annual conference for software programmers are getting better displays and graphics capabilities.

Distracted driving is a very real, very deadly problem. The iOS update will be available free to iPhone, iPad, and iPod users sometime this fall, Apple said. That's an increase of 8.8 percent over 2014. The voluntary guidelines ask manufacturers to adopt a dedicated "driving mode", a "simplified user interface" that strips out distracting information while you're behind the wheel.

However, if your auto doesn't support USB or Bluetooth, don't fret: Apple said iPhones will be tracked via a satellite while the mode is on that will determine whether the user is driving or not.

The feature, called "Offloading" by Apple, was first spotted by Cydia Geeks.

Even if Apple is cleared of wrongdoing, it could stain the company's reputation, and further court challenges will likely follow. Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for development virtual-reality "experiences". He's also shared a small video on how it works on the iPhone, and it seems that the feature works within apps only, and there's no "spring loading" as seen on macOS. Will "Do Not Disturb" for drivers work similarly? In a report PC Advisor, iOS 11's public version is expected to release the September, alongside the launch of Apple's new smartphone devices.

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