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Apple Incorporates Anti-web Tracking Tools in iOS 12

At the WWDC 2018, San Jose, California, Apple on stage demonstrated the preview of its upcoming mobile operating system iOS 12, which comes with performance improvements across the system and designed to be more faster and responsive.

As the performance improvements runs through the system, camera now launches up to 70 percent faster, keyboard’s up to 50 percent faster and typing is more responsive, apps launches up to twice as fast than on any previous version.

In summary, iOS 12 is preloaded with AR, Memoji and improved Group FaceTime, Screen Time, helps customers take control of time spend on interacting with iOS devices, introduces Siri Shortcuts, enabling Siri to work with any app.

“We’re using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri,” said Apple’s Craig Federighi.

With ARKit 2 comes with new tools to integrate shared experiences, persistent AR experiences tied to a specific location, object detection and image tracking, making AR apps even more dynamic. Developers can now take advantage of the new open file format “usdz,” for making AR experience nearly anywhere in iOS, including apps like Messages, Safari, Mail, Files and News, delivering powerful graphics and animation features. This is developed by Apple and Pixar.

Watch this video to learn more about AR experiences on iOS 12:

New features in Messages and FaceTime make every messaging more personal and expressive with now available new Animoji and personalized Memoji characters that feature winks and tongue detection to capture even more expressions. Just choose from a set of inclusive and diverse characteristics to form a unique Memoji within Messages and also use the existing set of Animoji which now expands with ghost, koala, tiger and T. rex.

The two images below shows Memojis in FaceTime and iMessages:

iOS 12 Memojis in FaceTime iOS 12 Memojis in iMessages

New camera effects bring Animoji, Filters, Text and Stickers to Messages and FaceTime.

Group FaceTime let chat with multiple people and uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call. Participants can be added at any time while the conversation is still active and can choose to join using video or audio from an iPhone, iPad or Mac — or even participate using FaceTime audio from Apple Watch.

An image below shows several open Group FaceTime chat on an iPhone:

Group FaceTime on iOS 12

Customizable Siri Shortcuts help people get more done faster with an ability for any app to work with Siri. Shortcuts can be customize as well by creating a simple voice command to kick off a task or by downloading new Shortcuts app.

Photos are even easier to share in iOS 12 with smarter suggestions and improved search through the all-new “For You” tab that surfaces favorite moments, combines Memories and iCloud Shared Albums. Image below shows For You tab:

iOS 12 Photos App For You Tab

  • a new sharing suggestions feature making it easier to share photos, and who’ve received the photos will be prompted to share back any photos and videos from the same trip or event in their collection.

    An image of share back option in Photos in iOS 12:

    iOS 12 Photos App Share Back Option

  • Search suggestions surfaces most relevant Events, People, Places, Groups, Categories and recent searches, and new search functionality lets users combine multiple search terms to find the right photos.

With iOS 12, Apple is also blocking web-tracking tools used by Facebook and let users cure their smartphone addictions with new tools to help them take control of the time spend on interacting with iOS devices, including:

  • New modes in “Do Not Disturb” automatically end based on a specified time, location or action, And during bedtime once it’s turn on will dim the display and hide all notifications on lock screen until prompted in the next morning.
  • iOS 12 also give options to manage notifications to be delivered “quietly” or “turned off” completely. It’l also notify you about the apps that you havn’t used in a while.
  • Grouped notifications make it easier to view and manage multiple notifications at once. You can triage a whole group of notifications with just a swipe.
  • Screen Time provides detailed “activity reports” on a daily or weekly basis and reveals total time spend on each app, websites , number of notifications received and how often you pick up your iPhone or iPad.

    An example image of weekly Screen Time activity report:

    iOS 12 Weekly Screen Time Activity Report

  • Parental controls will let parents access their child’s “Activity Report” right from their own iOS devices using “Family Sharing in iCloud,” so they can limit usage of certain apps, schedule time when a child’s iOS device can be used, such as during bedtime as well as cut off access to apps that aren’t age appropriate.
  • App limits let you limit usage of certain apps, for example you can give an hour daily to use instagram. If you spend more time than the limited one, a alert will let you know about it.

Apple also has enhanced privacy and security features in iOS 12, like

  • in Safari, enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention helps block social media “Like” or “Share” buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission.
  • Safari also now presents simplified system information when users browse the web, preventing them from being tracked based on their system configuration.
  • Also, Safari now automatically creates, autofills and stores strong passwords when users create new online accounts and flags reused passwords so users can change them.

In addition to above features and enhancements, Apple also has updated its other apps:

  • Redesigned Apple Books make it easier to discover and enjoy books and audiobooks, and the Book Store tab makes it easy to explore new titles and browse the top charts, curated collections and special offers.
  • New Apple News make it easier to discover new channels and topics or jump straight to favorites, and on iPad, a new sidebar makes navigation even simpler.
  • Stocks now comes to iPad and illustrates how the market is moving with easy-to-understand quotes and high-quality news.
  • CarPlay adds support for third-party navigation apps displayed right on the car’s dash — joining music, messaging, calling and automaker apps.
  • Voice Memos now available on iPad and adds iCloud support to sync recordings and edits across devices. A new design makes it easier to capture, share and edit recordings.
  • Siri translation expands to more than 40 language pairs and brings more knowledge of sports, celebrities, food and nutrition. Siri can also surface favorite photos by person, place, event, time and topic.
  • Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch adds support for student ID cards, making it more convenient to access everything on campus.

Developer preview of the iOS 12 is available now through the Apple Developer Program at developer.apple.com. The public beta will be available later this month at beta.apple.com.

Apple will push iOS 12 as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later starting this fall.

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