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Apple reveals iOS 12 - The big upgrades

05 June 2018
Apple reveals iOS 12 - The big upgrades

But performance enhancements and system optimizations are obviously just a small piece of the iOS 12 puzzle, which also includes a lot of AR improvements. But of course, this requires you to have a working Apple Developer Program membership with you, something which will set you back $99 on an annual basis. The Stocks app too has had a new coat of paint, with integration to Apple News and again an iPad version. Does the next version of macOS pack any exciting and innovative features?

Apple unveiled new steps to make it hard for advertisers to distinguish among users, building on its effort, begun previous year, to prevent such tracking. Read on for answers to all those questions and more from WWDC 2018.

But even as the global hardware behemoth rolled out new security settings, most of its focus remained on creating technology that will allow its legions of developers to build products for Apple's massive App Store.

Federighi gave some major updates around augmented reality (AR) with ARKit 2, a "platform that allows developers to integrate shared experiences, persistent AR experiences tied to a specific location, object detection and image tracking to make AR apps even more dynamic", according to the company. An upcoming app called "Measure" lets users drag a line over real-world objects to measure their length.

Apple demonstrated a Lego AR application that was built with ARKit 2 on stage at WWDC using an iPad.

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.

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.

Learn more about ARKit 2 in our earlier coverage.

Apple has said new operating systems powering its devices will include features created to thwart the use of secret trackers to monitor people's online activities.

Apple is declaring a new war on tracking in Safari, ramping up its privacy features in the macOS Mojave and iOS 12 browser.

The ability to use Animojis in FaceTime and do group video calls with up to 32 people. Also, anybody in the Group FaceTime will be able to customize how they appear, with different filters, Animoji or Memojis. Learn all about it in our big watchOS 5 post. Among the upgrades include WebKit, so you can look at web pages on the watch, a Walkie-Talkie function that's fairly self-explanatory, automatic sensing of workouts, and a pilot test at several universities of an "identity card" feature that will allow access to certain buildings. Apple's TV lead designer, Jennifer Folse, said Apple will be "the only streaming player to be both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified".

One of the key features is called Screen Time, which will show you daily and weekly activity reports to help you monitor your device use and tackle tech addiction. Check out all the details in our tvOS post.

As with all Apple software updates, enhanced privacy and security remain a top priority in iOS 12.