The key takeaways from WWDC 2018

Sheri Evans
June 10, 2018

Apple's iOS 12 beta gives developers and average users a chance to try the new operating system and its changes long before its official release date. "It's a lot like a calorie counter on menus, showing you how much time you're spending on your phone on this category or that category because at least then you have the information and you can make smarter choices". And Apple is serious about its AR efforts.

Other new features include parental controls to limit the time children spend in apps, as well as which apps they can use.

Apple has wasted little time in adjusting its rules to allow Valve's Steam Link app to appear on the App Store. It keeps track of the time from the moment you turn on an app to minute you turn it off. But did you know that more than 20 million people are now building apps for Apple devices, or that 10 billion Siri requests are processed every month?

Also, parents can monitor their children's usage. Do Not Disturb will show just the clock time, suppressing the usual flurry of notifications that can pull you in at a glance.

iOS 12 will finally be revamping Apple's reviled notification system and granting users some ability to control them, including granular notification controls and bundled notifications.

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In the wake of lawsuits centered on Apple's decision to purposefully slow down old models of iPhones, the purported focus of Apple's iOS 12 is improving the speed and performance of both new and old phones, as well as eliminating some bugs.

If you are an app developer, download the software via the official Apple channels.

There's a new FaceTime feature that allows video calls with 32 people.

Apple's major WWDC 2018 event took place yesterday in California with the blockbuster upgrade bringing a swathe of new features to your iPhone and iPad. In addition, Mojave will feature a new "Dynamic Desktop" mode that can alter your Mac's desktop picture to match the time of the day. Developers will have to integrate support for Shortcuts into their apps, and users will have to build their own Shortcuts recipes.

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