At its annual developers' conference in San Jose, California, the world's most valuable company revealed a series of changes prompted by concerns that electronic devices harm mental health.
Notifications are getting improved in iOS 12. 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. The company has redesigned it that now looks like the one we see on iOS devices. Apple has added several simple actions users can perform without having to leave Finder, such as rotating and cropping photos.
Apple says Siri processes 10 billion requests each month. It said, "Non-subscription apps may offer a free time-based trial period before presenting a full unlock option by setting up a Non-Consumable IAP item at Price Tier 0 that follows the naming convention: 14-day Trial".
The company broadened the ways that developers could work with Siri, allowing more in-app use.
Perhaps the coolest feature in the For You tab, however, revolves around sharing. Unlike Windows, it seems users of Apple software will see the dark theme more widespread than Windows apps are.
You can now assign phrases to Siri with other apps to help the digital assistant answer commands faster. If you're late to a meeting, Siri can suggest that you call into the meeting or text its organizer. The Animoji characters which first debuted with the iPhone X launch will expand with a ghost, koala, tiger, and tyrannosaurus rex.
The iOS 12 release date will likely be in September (based on past years) and can be downloaded by anyone who owns an iPhone 5S or newer. There are already plenty of iOS apps that do that, but Apple added tons of other useful functionality such as the ability to automatically identify and measure objects, and the ability to view objects at actual size in AR.
Third-party mapping and navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze are coming to CarPlay, Apple's in-car interface for using apps while driving. Don't like Apple Maps? Facebook's chief security officer, Alex Stamos, took to Twitter to criticise Apple's move. A new feature called Screen Time will give you insights into how you are using your phone. And perhaps most importantly, grouped notifications will allow you to swipe and clear a whole group of notifications all at once. The new iOS 12 will keep users updated on how much time they're spending on their devices and break it down by applications. FaceTime is now also integrated into the Messages app so you can start a Group FaceTime right from a group you had in your Messages app. Even crazier, Apple has stated that up to 32 different people can take part in a group video chat at the same time. Video of users who are now talking will be displayed most prominently on screen, this changes dynamically as other people carry the conversation.
The first version of ARKit could detect flat items like tables well enough, but 3D object detection lets the framework know when it's looking at something that's got more than two sides. Group FaceTime! Dick Tracy mode for your Apple Watch! Emojis are expressive images that you can customize to look like yourself.