WWDC 2018: Apple unveils iOS 12 features, emojis and release date


The announcement by the company comes amid a growing focus on protecting privacy following a Facebook data scandal and new rules being enforced by the European Union for online services.

On Monday, June 4, Apple will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California. Last September, Apple announced a wireless charging system, called AirPower, that it said would be capable of charging products such as the iPhone X, AirPods and Apple Watch.

Another major addition announced for iOS 12 was Time Limit, which will allow users to pre-determine how much time they should spend using individual apps, and bring up a full-screen alert when an allowance is used up. The company said its Safari web browser for both Macs and iPhones will protect users from being tracked without their permission by websites that use "like" or "share" buttons from social media companies.

Parents can also set limits, using "Allowances" to allow their children ertain amounts of time on their devices. It may be too soon for any big changes, but Apple could preview the Siri improvements it hopes to make.

Screen Time will be available with iOS 12, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, which launches later this year. Users can customize Shortcuts by creating a simple voice command to kick off the task or download the new Shortcuts app to create a series of actions from different apps that can be carried out with a simple tap or customized voice command.

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Group FaceTime is the next big thing in iOS 12. You can also set Do Not Disturb to automatically activate or deactivate when you're in a meeting or at a certain location.

UIKit will be available for developers starting in 2019, so you can look forward to a variety of third-party iOS apps coming to your Mac starting next year.

Next, iOS 12 introduces new AR Kit 2 and a brand-new file format for 3D graphics - USDZ.

Bloomberg reports that there will be updates to ARKit, the framework the company released previous year to help developers build augmented-reality apps. Apple also briefly mentioned that ARKit 2 features more realistic rendering techniques, which should help virtual items blend in with the real world a bit better. The feature also integrates with messages and you can dial a whole group chat from within your Messages app. Stocks has also had a minor overhaul, bringing news stories within the app and squiggly line charts that show how a stock has performed during a day. 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.

Search will also add a "For You" upgrade, which shows photos from a user's important moments.