Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote: What's Next for the iPhone, iPad and Mac

Jun 10, 2018, 03:26
Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote: What's Next for the iPhone, iPad and Mac

In case you missed it, earlier this week Apple announced the latest updates and features to its software at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2018) in California.

But perhaps two of the most important new updates are a speed boost for older devices and the ability to monitor your usage via something called Screen Time. Apple hasn't said yet, but based on previous years, it's possible to make an educated guess.

Apple has always touted its focus on helping its users in their day-to-day life in meaningful ways.

The new feature will be one of many in iOS 12, the software running Apple products.

San Jose: To help parents manage screen time for their kids, Apple has announced new tools built into iOS 12 that will let them take control of the time children spend interacting with iPhones and iPads.

The Lego AR experience will allow users to add virtual Lego pieces, characters, and buildings to work alongside the set itself creating nearly unlimited gaming experiences. Introducing screen time balance features Monday, parents will be able to set time limits on their kids' iPhone, iPad and app use. The tracking device will break down app usage by categories like games, social media, and others, and track which apps give you the most notifications.

Developer betas are available now, and the full version of macOS Mojave will be available to users in the Fall. The new feature that seems to be receiving the most ire, however, is group FaceTime video calls. Do Not Disturb will show just the clock time, suppressing the usual flurry of notifications that can pull you in at a glance.

Former Apple executive Tony Fadell, who helped create the iPhone, amplified those concerns by saying adults also are spending too much time on their devices. Since these avatars are part of your device's software, you'll be able to use them in Messages, FaceTime, and others. We'll have to wait for the various music streaming apps to support Suggestions for example, and even then you'll have to program each trigger phrase individually for each artist or playlist.