Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

IOS 12 Details Announced

IOS 12 Details Announced

Today NPR spoke directly with Apple CEO Tim Cook about the revelations that hardware makers had access to personal data in the Facebook app. NPR's Laura Sydell was there and joins us now.

After Google announced its "Digital Wellness" for Android system, a function that can allow users to monitor how much they've spent on their handset, Apple followed suit in response to concerns raised by its investors calling for digital locks for kids.

"We have never been about maximizing the number of times you pick [the phone] up, the number of hours that you use it", Cook said. With Screen Time in iOS 12, sophisticated features herald an era of more "quantified usage" of your iPhone.

Apple, kicking off its annual developers conference, appeared to be setting itself apart from Facebook, which has drawn the ire of privacy activists, and even showed how its software could prevent the social network from tracking users on Apple devices.

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This is clearly not Facebook's year. Lax policies around sharing data with third parties led to the leak of Facebook user information to consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

The App Limits feature lets users - you guessed it - set a limit for the amount of time they can spend in each app.

Apple is also limiting what is called "fingerprinting", which is created to allow companies to follow certain device activity from one site to the next.

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Part of the reason iOS 12 is able to support phones as old as the iPhone 5s is because of a software adjustment that ramps the phone up to its full performance potential as needed (e.g. when you're loading an app) and then brings it back down more quickly to preserve battery.

While introducing this feature to the world, Apple chose to show Facebook apps as an example, which is amusing because they could have chosen any other app.

In terms of measuring the success of the iPhone, "We've never been focused on usage as a key parameter", Cook said.

Apple has unveiled new features to help users control how often they use their phones.

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The Photos app in iOS 12 will take photo face recognition a step further by making suggestions on who you might want to share the photos with, depending on the subject.

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