Apple escalates war against Facebook, but doesn't mention it at WWDC

Analysts believe Apple will try to inject more artificial intelligence and other new powers into Siri to make it more competitive with Google’s digital assistant and Amazon’s Alexa

At WWDC 2018, Apple lays out its vision for the future of the iPhone

Siri is going to be filled with shortcuts, so much so that Apple is creating a shortcuts app for iOS 12.

In fact, Apple will send users daily and weekly reports that will break down "the total time a person spends in each app they use, their usage across categories of apps, how many notifications they receive and how often they pick up their iPhone or iPad", according to Apple. Facebook acknowledged that over the years device makers like Apple, Samsung and Blackberry were able to build versions of the social network for their mobile devices.

The Screen Time features work with Family Sharing and are account-based, so parents can configure the settings remotely for their child's devices.

Apple is also including more robust "Stop Looking At Your Phone" features, such as an upgrade to "Do Not Disturb" mode that shuts off all notifications at bedtime. They were there to hear about new features and products.

Apple announced in January that it planned to rework its parental control features and how it can help people curb their iPhone cravings. It is a small change for sure, but one that makes so much sense and one that would save iPhone X users the at least a few seconds every time they try to close an app on their device. Some of it is silly, like the new "Memoji", that is, your face as an Animoji, or that Animojis now have tongue detection.

That being said, this doesn't mean that there's nothing new in iOS 12 and this is something that we'll be taking a look at.

Section 4.2.7 of the rules, initially pointed out by Reuters, say that as long as everything appearing on the screen of an iPhone or iPad is simply mirroring what's happening on a local computer on the same network - exactly what the app does - then the app's OK, as long as it adheres to a couple of other constraints as well.

Mr Federighi also said Apple was increasing its data protection features so that apps that can use a Mac's camera or microphone will need permission. But senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi used a variety of euphemisms for it: "We might not realise just how distracted we've become", he said.

It's also thought Apple will be focusing on making its popular operating system even more stable and secure. It'll be available on the Apple Watch Series 1 and later, so anyone with an original Apple Watch will remain on watchOS 4.

There are four new animated emoji characters that respond to your facial expressions: ghost, koala, tiger and a T-rex.

As the tech industry and in particular, Facebook and to an extent Google, deal with data privacy breaches, Apple took extra steps on Monday at its developer conference to ensure its users' data privacy and well-being are among the company's highest priorities. The new feature that seems to be receiving the most ire, however, is group FaceTime video calls.

The biggest Mac news at the keynote was that macOS Mojave would bring with it a completely redesigned App Store, which looks a lot like the one seen on iPhones.

These buttons can track users around the internet, as can some comment widgets, which Apple is also blocking in the update.

App Limits: You can now limit your app usage, but you can ignore the limit if you want to. DND is also easy to activate in various forms from the Control Center.

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