Apple at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) introduced one of its latest inventions, iOS 12 which would have some really cool features we’re looking forward to.
These are some of them:
1. Time management:
Like Google and Instagram, Apple is trying to ensure its users are healthy through this new digital wellness feature which will ensure that its users limit how much time they spend on their devices as well as apps.
This Screen Time feature will break down app usage by categories like games, social media and track which apps are sending the most notifications.
Like Andrioid P, users will be able to set time limits on apps. Even parents will be able to limit how much time their kids use devices.
2. New Animoji
Remember the Avatar Animoji characters that first debuted with the iPhone X? Well iOS 12 will feature the new Animoji which will be able to detect when you’re sticking out your tongue and mimic that.
Another feature will allow users create characters that look just like them. They will be able to choose skin colors, hairstyle, outfits and accessories.
4. New Siri features
Siri will allow you use other apps through shortcuts. The digital assistant will allow third-party access to carry out quick actions to whatever questions you have.
5. Apple Books
iBooks would now be Apple Books and a new design will make it easier for users to discover and explore new books and find what is most popular on the platform.
6. Group Facetime
Facetime, the social chatting app will now allow users have more than one-on-one conversations. They will be able to chat in groups of up to 32 people. Group FaceTime will be supported across iOS and macOS. When multiple people are on a call, their video windows will get larger, when they’re speaking and shrink when they’re not. Users will also be able to change their faces to Animoji and Memoji characters during calls.
7. Data privacy
The company intends to stop the ability of tech companies to follow specific device activity.
Apple plans to have new data protection features on Safari and this will definitely not be good for Facebook.
Speaking at the event, SVP of Software Engineering and geek number 2 at Apple, Craig Federighi said: “We’ve all seen these, these ‘Like’ buttons and share buttons,” adding that “It turns out these like buttons and comment fields can be used to track you whether you click on them or not, and so this year, we are shutting that down.”
He went ahead to show a demo on how to use the feature. The demo showed a pop up notice asking a user to allow Facebook to have access to cookie and website data to post comments using Facebook Login.
If that’s not a nerdy swipe at Facebook, we don’t know what it is. These updates will see that users are assured of privacy and cybersecurity.
But let’s face it, Facebook is currently not a cool kid especially after we heard that the company gave device makers deep access to data on its users. Again!!. Read more about it here.