Apple Wants To Help You And Your Kids Put The iPhone Down

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The plans, which aim to improve digital well-being, include a new feature called Screen Time. However iOS 12 will bring an enhanced experience, such as the introduction of a new "For You" tab that will show your favorite moments in one place that combines photos from Memories and iCloud Shared Albums. The Health Records API will now bridge the gap between users and medical app developers. Support for Apple Podcasts is coming with watchOS 5, too, letting you automatically sync new episodes to your watch. First up, it launched the Google Family Link app past year, which lets parents lock their child's device, set screen time limits, and approve/reject Play Store downloads. The Animoji characters which first debuted with the iPhone X launch will expand with a ghost, koala, tiger, and tyrannosaurus rex. Yes, when you stick out your tongue, your digital avatar will do the same. Apple shares closed up 0.8 percent at $191.83 after the news, and rose to $192.40 in extended trading. Options include hair type, skin color, outfit choices, and accessories.

FaceTime will soon be able to support video chats with up to 32 people. Active users in the call will receive a larger window, while those who are inactive will see their window shrink.

The controls allow users to set "Do Not Disturb" modes on their phones, such as at night or during trips to the playground with their kids. Upon activation, it will hide notifications until morning. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant responded by saying it would add more "robust" parental controls to monitor the use of its products.

Apple announced during its WWDC keynote on Monday that iOS 12 - the upcoming latest version of its mobile operating system - will give a performance boost to older iPhones, and it could be a great reason to keep your older iPhone instead of buying a newer model.

Parents can use the new Downtime feature (which can be found in the Screen Time settings) to block everything on their children's phones except for selected apps and phone calls for an hourly time range. LEGO, among other companies, are on board to create apps that share the same AR environments.

One of the more interesting features that no one really asked for, but seems super useful nonetheless, is an app for measuring things. Facebook has had to rethink its relationship to such third-party data providers and developers.

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The iOS 12 beta makes it harder to accidentally take screenshots when picking up the phone, according to people who've tested the update.

The update will also help users de-clutter their Mac computer home screens, which can become crowded with icons and files. Also, Voice memos will now be available on iPad with this update. Any "quiet" notifications won't appear on the lock screen but will show up in the notifications center.

The developer preview of iOS 12 is available to Apple Developer Program members today.

For more custom commands, users can download a dedicated Shortcuts app to create and link several custom actions together. The feature also allows parents to restrict apps or limit time spent in specific apps.

While I used the app in portrait orientation, it works in landscape as well. Even more impressive, it can detect a photo, poster, or sign's dimensions remotely, so you can snap a picture and share the image with accurate dimensions.

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