What's new for Messages and FaceTime in iOS 12

Alfred Osborne
June 10, 2018

The new feature, called Screen Time, will allow parents to monitor the amount of time their children spend on specific apps and to set limits on iPhones and iPads.

As such, the older smartphones, which traditionally would not receive the new update, will remain current for another year.

Sticking with the desktop, Apple introduced desktop stacking in Mojave - letting users automatically stack desktop items into piles of similar content.

The new macOS update also brings new apps such as News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home. In order to avoid going overboard, people will be able to set alarms reminding them when the time they allot themselves for an app is about to run out. Users can now also put time limits on the certain app after which they will be notified if they use that particular app for more duration. "Ultimately, Apple might be able to sell more phones by telling people, "Our phones come with these structures that allow you to not spend so much time on your phone'".

This is a broad initiative that Apple, to our eyes, is arching over both iOS and macOS. Once you cross this threshold, iOS 12 will prevent you from launching this app, though you can always ignore this limit.

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Participants can be added to a FaceTime video group chat at any time if they're using an iPhone, iPad or Mac computer, or join using FaceTime audio with their Apple Watch.

Apple released the next version of its augmented reality platform for developers, called ARKit 2.

To help reduce interruptions, iOS 12 gives customers more options for controlling how notifications are delivered. We'll have to wait for the various music streaming apps to support Suggestions for example, and even then you'll have to program each trigger phrase individually for each artist or playlist. You can also get a feel for the software's performance on your phone or tablet, an intriguing proposition for those of you struggling on iOS 11.

Siri's automation feature is based on Workflow, a startup that was recently acquired by Apple.

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