Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Here are some of the biggest announcements from Apple WWDC 2018

Here are some of the biggest announcements from Apple WWDC 2018

The US technology firm says that its next version of iOS will actually make phones faster despite being packed with new features.

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.

During Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the company warned against the excessive use of their devices while also taking the opportunity to introduce several features that we'll be able to use once we download their latest software.

iOS 12 is expected to be released by the end of 2018.

Detailed Activity Reports show the total time spent in each app, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications are received and how often a person picks up their iOS device. So if you can't wait until the final version of the operating system is released this fall, or if your current Mac won't be compatible with Mojave, you can still get a taste of these great new wallpapers. For my iPhone X, the update is 2.61GB but that will vary depending on what device you have.

Apple said iOS 12 will significantly improve how apps load and other performance features on iOS devices. 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. The FaceTime camera experience also includes filters, stickers, Animoji and Memoji as well, so everyone can take advantage of it.

Features in the upcoming iOS 12 software will let you manage your screen time.

The "Play Media" intent boasts full HomePod support as well but you still have to set it up through the Shortcuts app on your iPhone before querying Siri on HomePod directly. The new feature that seems to be receiving the most ire, however, is group FaceTime video calls. According to Apple, the cross-platform porting is made possible by integrating elements of iOS's UIKit frameworks directly into macOS, alongside the existing AppKit framework used on desktop.

Don't install any software betas unless you are an app developer or an Apple tester.

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