Apple Introduces Huge iOS 12 Update with Loads of New Features

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The updates come after Apple faced backlash from investors and iPhone users over concerns about its devices becoming increasingly addictive and distracting for children.

Taken together, the moves announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose amounted to focusing on keeping its base of 1.3 billion users satisfied with their devices and catching up with some competitors. Resetting Face ID will remove all the data Face ID has learned about your face over time.

More importantly, parents can access the same usage statistics for their children.

The new software will let iPhone customers track their activity by day, week or month and see which apps they are using most, and even set a limit on how much they can use their phone.

New features will help protect users' anonymity online. The update will work on any Apple device that is now capable of running iOS 11, which includes iPhone 5s and iPad Air and later.

You can then set time limits for each app - handy for anyone who spends way too much time on Facebook or Instagram, for example.

Seeing as how the tech-giant is expected to unveil a trio of new iPhone models this fall featuring Face ID and TrueDepth camera systems, it would've only seemed appropriate for Apple to also update Animoji - its burgeoning 3D facial imaging and emoticon-avatar generating platform.

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Also, the new iOS 12 introduces new AR Kit 2 which focuses on shared experiences, allowing many people to share the same virtual environment like creating content, playing games, or just sharing your creations. Most of it is deeply wonky stuff, like Apple's new augmented reality features which will allow you to precisely measure things or deep learning tech that figures out which photos you and your friend took at the same party.

Apple today gave us a peek at its next major iOS update, iOS 12.

What's new with Apple Watch? "Some of us, it's become such a habit, we might not even recognise just how distracted we've become". The Animoji characters which first debuted with the iPhone X launch will expand with a ghost, koala, tiger, and tyrannosaurus rex.

Apple also discussed privacy in announcing its new macOS Mojave. It also supports Animoji, apparently, in case you and your coworkers feel the need to turn your conference calls into something far more ridiculous than they should be. In Safari, enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention helps block social media "Like" or "Share" buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission. Of course, some changes happen a lot more drastically, if you happen to use makeup or wear a certain set of spectacles and whatnot.

Also updated in iOS 12 is Apple's proprietary Books app, which will include an all-new "Reading Now" section, an updated e-books storefront with new advanced search and an all-new section for audiobooks.

"Great technology should improve life, not distract from it", reads Google's new digital wellbeing site.

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