Apple is expected to launch a few exciting software updates at Monday's annual developer conference in San Jose, California, but don't expect any news about new iPhones or other fun products. Boot up Safari on your iPhone or iPad and go to the link to watch the show. Anyway, here's what to expect.
Apple today introduced the next major iOS upgrade: iOS 12. These benefits will also come to newer phones too, so it should be increased performance all around. Apple said it's focusing on improving performance on older devices, as well.
Rick Broida detailed which devices support iOS 12, but the cheat sheet for compatibility is if your device runs iOS 11, it will run iOS 12.
Apple announced a new AR measurement tool called Measure.
By tapping and "drawing" a line with the app and your device's camera, it provides measurements of 3D objects like a suitcase - in inches and centimetres. The company started that effort previous year when it built AR tools into most iPhones and iPads; by contrast, Google had limited that to niche Android phone models. It also supports Animoji, apparently, in case you and your coworkers feel the need to turn your conference calls into something far more ridiculous than they should be.
Siri has always been one of the most broken experiences on iOS. Screen time is recorded and the app limit will notify you once your time is up.
It can index events by time, place, categories.
And the firm also announced a new Walkie-Talkie push-to-talk capability, that will let two users chat together via 4G or wi-fi. Dubbed "Digital Health" this new initiative is understood to include the creation of a menu option in the Settings app that will allow greater control of how people interact with their device. There's a "For You" tab now that features effects suggestions, and also, Sharing hints for sharing pics with people photographed alongside you. In a demo with the Kayak app, Apple showed there's an "Add to Siri".
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It's certainly something I'd expect to get a huge focus in today's keynote if it is slated for this year's updates. The new version will include the ability for multiple users to share an AR experience on multiple devices at once.
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With Shortcuts, users will be able to program a phrase of their choice to prompt Siri to take an action, or series of actions. As part of all this, there is a new Shortcuts app by Apple.
News has a new sidebar on the iPad. A number of new features seem "inspired" by Google Photos, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Do Not Disturb During Bedtime will limit notifications you see at night time, so it isn't a barrage of information.
Stocks and Voice Memos coming to the iPad. It has a complete redesign to look more like the App Store and looks a whole lot better. For instance, if you use a Tile to keep an eye on your keys saying "Where's my Tile" will instantly bring up your keys location.
The next version of WatchOS - which powers the firm's smartwatch - will also gain new facilities. In other words, Google Maps in CarPlay will be massive when that happens. If you should need to restore your iOS device, you can use this backup and not have to enter passwords. Grouped notifications make it easier to view and manage multiple notifications at once.
In iOS 12 there's a new "Weekly Summary" feature that'll tell you how much you use your phone per week.
Parents can also create "Allowances" for their children's app usage, set by app type or individual apps. The main keynote speech starts at 10am PST (6pm BST) on 4 June.