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Apple Aims To Curb Phone Addiction With New Features

Apple Aims To Curb Phone Addiction With New Features

The network would place ads in the companies' apps, and Apple would share ad revenue with the companies, according to the report.

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.

Apple is also making space for grouped notifications, which is a solid way of controlling screen time. The display can also be set to dim automatically just before bedtime.

Apple says it's been working on getting people to spend less time on their phones and more time in the real world at least since January.

A broader range of third-party apps will be able to let users invoke Siri for commonly used tasks, much the way competing assistants from Google and Amazon long have.

For some users, the biggest feature in digital health is Apple's new "Reports App" app that delivers weekly reports about phone usage, individual app usage, and more granular data about how often the phone is picked up ("pickups") and when.

Apple CEO Tim Cook appears as a memoji - an animoji AR self-portrait - in a Group FaceTime chat at WWDC 2018.

Software chief Craig Federighi said iOS 12 could carry out simple tasks, such as opening apps, up to twice as fast as its predecessor, iOS 11. "With Screen Time, these new tools are empowering users who want help managing their device time, and balancing the many things that are important to them".

The company is bringing the Dolby Atmos surround-sound feature to Apple TV 4K devices, while Apple Watch's software gets a "Walkie Talkie" voice messaging feature that resembles the alternating one-way voice technology of the past.

"[Apps] try to draw us in for fear of missing out", said Apple's Crag Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering. "We think this is a clear win, not just for shareholders given how these new tools will strengthen Apple's ecosystem, but for parents, kids, and society in the years to come", the firm said in an e-mailed statement.

Chris Hoofnagle, faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, believes Apple's move will prod rivals Mozilla and Microsoft to do the same, though Google may remain a holdout with the Chrome browser given the company's dependence on ads and data. The company started that effort a year ago when it built AR tools into most iPhones and iPads; by contrast, Google had limited that to niche Android phone models.

But even as the global hardware behemoth rolled out new security settings, most of its focus remained on creating technology that will allow its legions of developers to build products for Apple's massive App Store. On Monday, company executives used Facebook as an example of new features that will require users to give permission before social media firms can install cookies that track people across the web. When a friend receives photos from an event, Apple will then suggest that the friend reciprocate with photos from the same event.