IOS 12 Will Help You Fight Your iPhone Addiction

Todd Singleton
June 7, 2018

"Turns out "like" buttons and "comment" fields can be used to track you, so this year we are shutting that down", Apple senior vice-president of software engineering Craig Federighi told a standing-room crowd of some 6,000 developers at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in the heart of Silicon Valley. Apple says the new version has improved face tracking and allows for multiple people, using a number of iPhones or iPads, to view the same AR experience. What we did was we integrated the ability to share in the operating system, make it simple to share a photo and that sort of thing.

iOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen Time.

The conference kickoff came the same day the New York Times reported that Facebook gave special access to device makers, including Apple, to personal data on social network users and their friends.

According to a report by The Indian Express, Apple CEO said: "The things mentioned in the Times article about relationship statuses and all these kinds of stuff, this is so foreign to us, and not data that we have ever received at all or requested", he said.

Apple is taking active steps to block Facebook's data collection practices. Lax policies around sharing data with third parties led to the leak of Facebook user information to consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. It now features a "Reminder" that enables users to set a time alarm to remind them about having a break.

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However, unlike iOS updates in the past, iOS 12 may be more focused on refinement rather than offering a bunch of new features. Siri can also suggest shortcuts, like call grandma on her birthday or turn on Do Not Disturb when you enter a movie theater.

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The feature, "Screen Time", is account-based and works across all of a child's iOS devices.

Facebook executives have pushed back against critics like Apple.

Parents can choose specific apps like Phone or Books, that will always be available, even during downtime or after a limit is spent. "We have never been in the data business", Cook said.

Apple also said it would start to restrict the data shared online from a device that can be used to identify it - such as the plug-ins and other system configuration features which can be used to single out a device as belonging to a certain user - a process known as fingerprinting.

The integration let users speed up logins to their social-media accounts via a menu in the iOS settings app. IPhone users also had the option to synchronise their contacts with Facebook and Twitter.

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