Apple focuses on speed, parental controls in software upgrades

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App Limits will allow users to set time limits on apps.

CEO Tim Cook yesterday at the annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) showcased new software features for the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, CNN reported. The company has over the past year met with Snap, Pinterest and others about participating in an Apple network that would distribute ads across their collective apps.

Apple faced a backlash late previous year when it emerged that the company slowed down some older iPhones with flagging batteries.

In additional to a range of system-wide performance enhancements, new developments in Apple's augmented reality (AR) platform on mobile and more, the company showcased a myriad of new iOS 12 features from powerful updates to core apps like News, Stocks and Books, to entirely new features created to curb device usage, and even a personal new take on Animoji dubbed Memoji. The new system will work on a range of products that date back to 2013.

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Screen Time will list the apps you've used throughout the day and also display the duration for which you've used the app.

Group Facetime lets you chat with 31 other people.

Google unveiled new Android usage tools last month, including a dashboard that shows users how much time they've spent on their phones and the ability to enable a do not disturb mode by simply facing the phone downward.

"There are more 100 million apps out there for health and wellness", he said.

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As part of iOS 12, Apple will also help limit social media tracking - an apparent response to ongoing concern over Facebook's use of consumer data. The network would place ads in the companies' apps, and Apple would share ad revenue with the companies, according to the report. We're not responsible for price raise if you are late to download.

In short, Apple is developing ways to make the user less addicted to the phone and not stick to it always. The company said it would place new restrictions on how apps can access users' cameras and microphones, and make it more hard for data-collection firms to create identifiable "fingerprints" of individual devices.

Last but not least, Animoji in iOS 12 is gaining a new feature Apple dubbed Tongue Detection, which essentially entails that Animoji will now support detecting and animating your tongue as you use them. "For some of us it's become such a habit we don't even recognise just how distracted we've become", said Apple's senior vice-president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, according to a report in The Guardian.

"It's exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology", he said at an Axios event in Philadelphia.

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