Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

New Apple Products That Might Get Announced at Today's Event

New Apple Products That Might Get Announced at Today's Event

When it rolls out in September, iOS 12 users can also expect redesigned News and Stocks apps (woo!), support for Group FaceTime calls, and - finally - an iPad version of the Voice Memos app. These new features, available later this month as part of the iOS 12 public beta, include Activity Reports, App Limits and new Do Not Disturb and Notifications controls created to help customers reduce interruptions and manage screen time for themselves and their families. From MacOS Mojave and WatchOS 5 to a TVOS update and, of course, iOS 12.

If that wasn't enough a hit at Facebook, Apple also said that it will make it much more hard for companies that track devices using "fingerprinting", a method that uses a device's specific configuration, fonts and plugins to track a user across the web. The company goes on to say that in the same test, the keyboard appeared up to 50% faster, and that testers reported more responsive typing. iOS 12's improvements could give a new breath of life to devices going back as far as the iPhone 5S. In times of high load, these CPU tweaks should mean that apps last twice as fast. ARKit 2 also enables shared AR experiences between multiple users and persistent experiences that remain anchored to environmental objects, so you can come back to them again and again. Designed in collaboration with Pixar, a new open file format, usdz, makes it easy to experience AR almost anywhere in iOS, including apps like Messages, Safari, Mail, Files and News, delivering powerful graphics and animation features.

A new feature called Screen Time will offer weekly reports about your iPhone. Apple also added several more animojis like a ghost, koala, tiger and T.rex. Animojis also now includes tongue detection, so you can stick your tongue out if you want.

The Photos app has a new search function, and the camera benefits from new Animoji and personalized Memoji characters, as well as filters. So if you're one of the 81 per cent of Apple users now using the latest version of its OS, you're in luck.

Apple's FaceTime app is for the first time allowing more than two people join a call simultaneously. Siri intelligence can suggest an action at just the right time - whether it's to order a coffee in the morning or start an afternoon workout. Third-party apps will now be able to let users invoke Siri for commonly used tasks, much the way competing assistants from Google and Amazon long have. It's easy for developers to take advantage of this new capability using Shortcut APIs. The challenge is that many users find these pop-up alerts to be a nuisance and just blindly click on them.

Apple is set to address some of the tech backlash on issues such as data privacy and smartphone addiction, including announcing new tools for parents to monitor and limit use of their children's devices.

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As part of that, everything that supports iOS 11 will support iOS 12. They can instantly manage notifications to be delivered quietly or turned off completely.

But, more importantly, grouped notifications are happening.

The app also lets users set daily time limits for individual apps, and a notification will be shown when the time limit is about to expire.

Apple is known for its focus on user privacy.

"We've all seen these like buttons and share buttons". Safari now also presents simplified system information when users browse the web, preventing them from being tracked based on their system configuration.

Screen Time will be available with iOS 12, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, which launches later this year.

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