IOS 12 announced with focus on improved performance

IOS 12 announced with focus on improved performance

IOS 12 announced with focus on improved performance

The keynote will be delivered by Apple CEO Tim Cook on June 4 at 10am Pacific Standard Time, which is around 10:30pm India Standard Time.

Apple is releasing iOS 12 in beta form to developers first. In a test comparing the performance of iOS 11.4 and iOS 12 on its iPhone 6 Plus (a device launched in 2014), Apple claims that the camera app launched up to 70% faster in the newer version. Shared AR Experiences ARKit 2 enables developers to create the most innovative AR apps for the world's largest AR platform, with new tools to integrate shared experiences, persistent AR experiences tied to a specific location, object detection and image tracking, making AR apps even more dynamic. It can measure and detect real-world objects. The Stocks app too has had a new coat of paint, with integration to Apple News and again an iPad version.

There's also improvement to Siri Suggestions. This lets users assign phrases to an app - which opens the app when the phrase is spoken.

Siri will also suggest that you add appropriate skills to your Shortcuts. Group FaceTime will be integrated into iMessage, meaning settling your group chat's Friday night plans just got a whole lot easier. The existing set of Animoji also expands with ghost, koala, tiger and T. rex.

"Turns out "like" buttons and "comment" fields can be used to track you, so this year we are shutting that down", Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi told the conference. "With Screen Time, these new tools are empowering users who want help managing their device time, and balancing the many things that are important to them".

The new software adds another feature missing from the HomePod: the ability to check your calendar. If you don't allow that access, Facebook won't be able to track your browsing activities online-even if you're signed into Facebook while browsing. During that time, app notifications will be blocked from showing up on the home screen. Apple wants you to see the Photos app as more than a dumb gallery and something approaching a service along the likes of Google Photos. For instance, a new "Reading now" section will show you where you were left off. "They beg us to use their apps".

Showing off one of those features, he said, "You can decide to keep your information private". Voice memos are coming to the iPad, iBooks has been redesigned and renamed as Apple Books and Apple News has also had a minor redesign, adding a favourites tab.

Apple's Siri voice assistant has avoided splashy headlines about privacy issues mostly because it is not created to be listening and collecting data 24/7 like Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant - but Siri's not flawless, either.

CarPlay is getting third-party navigation support.

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