IOS 12 features we missed: second Face ID user and many more

Laverne Mann
June 7, 2018

Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, said it was important to sometimes "stop distractions" caused by smartphones. Current CEO Tim Cook strengthened that belief, telling CNN on Monday that the company still values that privacy.

In fact, Apple was fairly forthcoming in calling out the practices of "data companies", practices that put or weaken privacy of users, at its developer event. "Well, it turns out that these can be used to track you whether that you click on them or not".

"We've all seen these - these like buttons, and share buttons and these comment fields", he reportedly said on stage.

You can find out much more about iOS 12 in our in-depth guide to all the big new features.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that Facebook had struck data sharing agreements with multiple device makers, including Apple and BlackBerry.

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After years of working to make the smartphone indispensable ― some might even say addictiveApple said Monday that it will soon provide an app created to help people step away from the iPhone. Apple's Safari browser will block tracking via "Likes" "Shares" in iOS 12 and macOS in order to protect user privacy and data.

Facebook has had to rethink its relationship to such third-party data providers and developers. It was a clear reference to Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Regarding fingerprinting, Apple claims that it will drastically reduce the amount of information that it allows to be tracked, effectively scrambling a data company's ability to track you. Users can also set time limits for apps and when time is up, they are notified. Highlights included increased performance when opening the iPhone camera, apps, and using the keyboard, as well as finally introducing grouped notifications to declutter your lock screen.

While introducing this feature to the world, Apple chose to show Facebook apps as an example, which is amusing because they could have chosen any other app.

Apple Watch's operating system also upgraded to WatchOS 5.0, which included a new feature where users can press a button and send their voice directly via walkie-talkie-style communication with other Apple Watch users. Although Apple didn't make this announcement on its WWDC 2018, according to the source 9to5mac, iOS 12 soon let you register an "alternative appearance" for Face ID.

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