Apple's giving a new camera (and some tongue) to Messages and Memoji

Jun 07, 2018, 09:01
Apple's giving a new camera (and some tongue) to Messages and Memoji

Cook is also responsible for introducing Apple Pay and he's significantly increased Apple revenue with services such as music and cloud storage. The company is working on unveiling updates to its augmented reality (AR) software with new tools for the iPhone and iPad. They also requested that Apple convene a panel to study the issue.

Other features coming with the update include Siri voice assistant's new ability to control some other non-Apple speakers including those made by Sonos, Bang & Olufson, Bose and others.

Rather, they were shown to software developers to give them a head start on building apps to make iPhones and other Apple devices more useful.

Apple senior vice president Craig Federighi said such tracking would be blocked by default.

Apple's announcement Monday follows pressure from activist shareholders to take the lead in developing controls to help parents limit iPhone use by teens and children. Third-party apps will now be able to let users invoke Siri for commonly used tasks, much the way competing assistants from Google and Amazon long have.

A new Siri app on iOS 12 called Shortcuts allows you to create verbal commands that will lead Siri to perform a number of functions you pre-program. Federighi said the changes will make it "dramatically more hard for data companies to identify you and track you".

The decision to inform users of their (potentially) excessive gadget use comes after Apple faced a high amount of criticism from shareholders on the addictive quality of the company's devices. What remains to be seen is whether there is enough of a compelling reason for someone to use AR, even if it's built-in to everyday apps.

He also told that Apple is trying to give users the tool to make their own choices for device usage. Apple doesn't usually launch multiple iPhones at the same time, but it looks like the Cupertino tech giant is taking a different approach to marketing its flagship smartphones.

Apple announced Shortcuts for Siri which will allow the voice assistant to go through multi-step routines. An interesting addition is that that users will now be able to group/bulk notifications from specific apps. Saying the phrase can be set to open Apple Maps to find the best route home and launching a radio app.

The photos app will become more dynamic, offering search suggestions such as "hiking" and categorising events by place and time, with a separate "For You" tab offering suggestions for edits or people you may want to share images. The division's revenue surged by 31 percent from the previous year in Apple's most recent quarter.

Now FaceTime can add up to 32 simultaneous participants, though that would be one unwieldy conference call.

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