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Apple WWDC 2018: what we learned

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference has taken place and has unveiled some exciting new updates for the software we use. Although there were whispers of the next generation of iPhones, iPad and Macs being revealed, this wasn’t to be! But, what we have learned may give an indication of what is to come in September at the Apple Event.


iOS 12

It may not be the most glamorous update but as we use iOS every day, it’s important that the bugs found with iOS 11 are straightened out. Apple seem to be focused on improving how it functions which is music to our ears!

Siri

Siri once revolutionary with the rise of Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, Siri has started to fall behind. With iOS 12, Siri is set to become way more useful in our day-to-day lives. She will make suggestions on what notifications you should turn off like a non-stop group chat.

Siri Shortcuts will come into play, too. There will be command prompts for specific apps as well as making suggestions based on the apps you use the most.

Screen Time

As a response to some of the criticism Apple faced about how addicting their devices are, they are trying to get a handle on the time spent on their screens.

There will be parental controls in place so you can monitor how much time your children are spending on their devices and you can set different allowances.

For yourself, you can set specific time boundaries depending on the apps you use the most. You’ll receive notifications to let you know when you are close to using up the allotted time on the apps you love the most.

A new Do Not Disturb feature will be available, too. It allows you to set the feature at night to stop you being aggravated by notifications while you try to sleep. When you wake up, you can tap on the screen to see the things you’ve missed overnight.

Memoji

When the iPhone X was unveiled last year, the Animoji feature got plenty of people talking. With the iOS 12 update, more Animojis will become available as well as a new Memoji feature. You can create an emoji of yourself – which may look like the Bitmoji you can see on Snapchat – and is notably similar to the AR Emoji feature we’ve seen on the Samsung S9 and S9+.

FaceTime

The video calling feature FaceTime is also getting a huge update. Soon, you’ll be able to have a group FaceTime call with up to 32 parties. You can get the whole family on one chat which will be lifechanging.


macOS Mojave

Also announced at WWDC was macOS Mojave. This update sees a Dark Mode being introduced (it looks a bit like the night mode feature you can see on Twitter) which looks awesome. There is also a focus on privacy with a new Safari feature being introduced. It will block tracking sites and will ask you to allow it to appear when you’re browsing the web.


watchOS 5

The watchOS5 update is going to help make your Apple Watch so much more social. A Walkie-Talkie feature has been announced, allowing you to send short messages to your buddies, as well as Competition. Challenge your friends and you’ll receive coaching notifications to help you beat them!

Podcasts are to become available on your watch so you can listen to your favorites on the go. Yoga and Hiking dedicated work outs are coming to watchOS 5 as is auto-work out detection.


All these updates are expected to roll out for Apple users around September or October this year.

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