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Apple today announced new tools built into iOS 12 to help customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices.

Screen Time: A new app that provides daily reports on how much time you are spending on your apps, what apps are sending you the most notifications, what type of apps you are using (productivity, social, and more). Parents will be able to choose times when certain apps or app categories can't be used. Parents can also use this system to monitor and remotely place limits on how their children use their own devices. As is now tradition, the company showed off the latest version of iOS at the event (iOS 12), delivering plenty of new features to the platform. With a single app for all machines, Mac, iPad and iPhone users will get new features at the same time.

A new feature called Shortcuts allows app to integrate themselves into Siri. Bloomberg reports that the company wants to spread the wealth of the iOS App Store to desktop computers and will announce a new feature that lets iPhone apps run on Macs.

Users will have the option, via a pop-up notification, to stop a tracker following them across the web.

IOS 12 is now only available as a developer beta, however, a public beta will likely be released sometime soon.

Apple is adding a handful of animated "animoji" with iOS 12, including a koala, T-rex and more. It's smart stuff and we're glad to see Apple pick this up for iOS 12, as notifications have arguably been one of iOS' biggest weaknesses for quite some time.

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In an interview with CNN's Laurie Segall on Monday, Cook said, "I think that the privacy thing has gotten totally out of control and I think most people are not aware of who is tracking them, how much they're being tracked and the large amounts of detailed data that are out there about them".

As with all Apple software updates, enhanced privacy and security remain a top priority in macOS Mojave. "Some of us, it's become such a habit, we might not even recognise just how distracted we've become".

Apple has teamed up with Pixar to create an Augmented Reality file format called USDZ or Universal Scene Description. Basically, it's an attempt from Apple to make sure that Face ID will not fail on you regardless of your look.

Apple's FaceTime will support up to 32 people on a group call, up from just two people. Other iOS favorites, such as FaceTime and Animoji, will also undergo transformations alongside key updates to the Do Not Disturb function.

Apple's aptly-named Measure app takes advantage of the company's developments in augmented reality to let users measure real-world objects, like furniture, picture frames and more.

Comment fields and like and share buttons are now turned off by default in Safari. You can now search for your favourite channels, news sources, and more. If you go over your own limit, iOS 12 will pop up a reminder and block the app, though you can grant yourself an extension.

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