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Apple gives users control of Siri with new Shortcuts and Suggestions tools

05 June 2018

You tap when you want to get your notifications back. The Cupertino company typically uses WWDC to show off the new features coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.

Apple says the update will be available on all the same devices as the current iOS 11 release, and that the company is putting a particular focus on ensuring the update works smoothly on older devices such as the iPhone 6 family.

Does your iPhone or iPad support iOS 12?

What are the biggest new iOS 12 features?

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This is perhaps the easiest way to tune into the conference, as you can watch using the Safari app on your Apple device.

And it's not just new devices which will benefit, as Apple said iOS 12 will be available on all the same devices as iOS 11 is.

Tweaks to the CPU software should mean that these speed upgrades don't come at too high a cost to battery life. "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". You can also hard press this function so you can easily set a time limit for it.

Here's the app you'll need for the Apple TV, but be warned it'll need to be running tvOS 10.2 software or above to be able to download the app. One example shown was a "heading home" scenario that includes getting directions home, turning on NPR, setting the thermostat and sending out an "on the way home" text. Shared AR Experiences ARKit 2 enables developers to create the most innovative AR apps for the world's largest AR platform, with new tools to integrate shared experiences, persistent AR experiences tied to a specific location, object detection and image tracking, making AR apps even more dynamic. Included in the highly-anticipated rollout is the ability to video chat with multiple users at once (32 to be exact). The Alphabet Inc. company has a new Dashboard for Android phones that lets people monitor how long they're using other apps and reminds them to take a break.

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Grouped Notifications were also announced, with notifications grouped by topic or type on a user's lock screen.

Secondly, iOS 12 and Safari is going to make it much, much harder for third parties to track you across the internet.

Apple added some cool features to Siri, including a new Shortcuts feature and app based on Apple's Workflow acquisition.

The tools used for cutting down on smartphone addiction have been expected for months after two major shareholders asked Apple in January to add more parental controls and to study the impact of excessive iPhone usage on mental health. Users will also be able to search by business or place names, or even events such as a concert. There is a new Shortcuts app to help you create all shortcuts involving various apps. You "press in" to a notification and see a few options, like "Send to notification center".

A quick guide to the new features (allegedly) coming to iOS 12
As Apple kicks off its annual Worldwide Developers conference Monday, attendees can expect a quieter event than in years past. So it's not guaranteed, but it's worth trying if you don't want to load up Apple and Microsoft's respective stock browsers.

Notifications - you can turn on or off notifications from app straight from the lockscreen.

Apple gives users control of Siri with new Shortcuts and Suggestions tools