IOS 12 promises new life for older devices this fall

Laverne Mann
June 5, 2018

Apple's announcement Monday follows pressure from activist shareholders to take the lead in developing controls to help parents limit iPhone use by teens and children.

Apple introduced new controls for limiting how much time customers spend on their devices as the company tackles criticism that its devices are becoming increasingly addictive and distracting. The challenge is that many users find these pop-up alerts to be a nuisance and just blindly click on them.

For example, at WWDC last year Apple unveiled its new 10.5-inch and refreshed 12.9-inch iPads and a bunch of new Macs, and this year should be no different, with rumours of an iPhone SE (2018) debut, redesigned Mac Pro, new Mac mini, and more now doing the rounds.

You'll also be able to create Shortcuts with multiple tasks within a dedicated Shortcuts app.

Apple also added new iOS features for its in-house apps such as Messages. From iPhone 5s, introduced in 2013, to the most advanced iPhone ever, iPhone X, iOS 12 brings performance improvements to more devices than any previous version. Then last month, it added new software tools to allow Android users to set time limits for apps and make the screen automatically turn grey when they're ready for bed. Do Not Disturb also sees the arrival of a number of new options including tweakable snooze times. For that, try f.lux, a third-party app that can change the white balance of your display to a more soothing setting. In addition to the tools so you use the phone less, Apple is expected to announce new feature to draw you right back in. This is a multi-year project, he stressed, adding the first iOS apps Apple will bring to macOS will be made by Apple.

Apple has said that IOS 12 will work on all the devices that iOS 11 supported, and it's actually focussing a lot on those older devices.

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In iOS 12 there's a new "Weekly Summary" feature that'll tell you how much you use your phone per week. Apple TV 4K gets Dolby Atmos support with the new update, which is obvious a big deal.

Next up from the rumour-mill is that the build will be equipped with a fresh batch of Animoji, which could be baked into FaceTime.

"Today is all about software", said Apple CEO Tim Cook in his keynote speech at the McEnery Convention Center on Monday.

If you can't watch along live, we have a live blog showing you exactly what Apple is announcing as soon as it happens.

Apple's event is traditionally used to give an early look at the next version of all Apple's software platforms before they are released to the public in the autumn.

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