WWDC 2018: Apple unveils iOS 12 features, emojis and release date

Apple iPhone WWDC 2018 iOS 12

OLIUR RAHMAN • UNSPLASHApple's WWDC 2018 Developers Conference gets underway tomorrow

Federighi noted that while just 6 percent of Android handsets have the latest version of Google's mobile operating system installed, 81 percent of Apple users have iOS 11 - and the wide range of supported devices for iOS 12 means this impressive statistic is likely to remain pretty much unchanged. It'll raise alerts to let customers decide on a case-by-case basis whether they want to let "clever and relentless" data companies track them.

Apple's announcement Monday follows pressure from activist shareholders to take the lead in developing controls to help parents limit iPhone use by teens and children.

As always, you're strongly recommended to use an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (running iOS 10 or later), a Mac (with Sierra 10.12 or newer software), or even a PC powered by Windows 10 to "best experience" the live stream available on Apple's official website.

Apple has unveiled iOS 12 at its WWDC 2018 conference in San Jose, California. 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.

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.

That said, starting in 2019, some iOS app developers will be able to move over their app to the MacOS platform using new tools created by Apple. Even if you have an iPhone SE or iPhone 5s, you'll be getting iOS 12 too. Until that happens, we're pleased to learn that the latest version of Apple's desktop operating system doesn't entirely skip out on crucial feature inclusions.

To find photos that haven't been surfaced by Apple's algorithm, the app's search capabilities have been supercharged.

Three of Apple's iconic, and rarely updated, apps have seen big changes in iOS 12. iBooks, for example, is now Apple Books.

Despite the excitement surrounding the WWDC each year, during 14 of the past 15 conferences, Apple shares have fallen over the course of the five-day event. Daily and weekly Activity Reports show the total time spent in individual apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications are received and how often iPhone or iPad are picked up.

Next up from the rumour-mill is that the build will be equipped with a fresh batch of Animoji, which could be baked into FaceTime.

Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch adds support for student ID cards, making it more convenient to access everything on campus.

The software will be available for beta developers later this month and will be released to all users in the Autumn.

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