New Apple Software Helps Limit Smartphone Use

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Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, said it was important to sometimes "stop distractions" caused by smartphones.

9to5Mac has confirmed that the feature allows up to two users to register their face with Face ID on iPhone X. Until now, while Touch ID supports up to five different fingerprints from different people, Face ID has been restricted to just a single user.

Apple also announced some other small related features, like setting end times for Do Not Disturb when you leave a location or when event ends, as well as adjusting notification settings for apps right from the Notification Center (without going into the Settings). What we did was we integrated the ability to share in the operating system, make it simple to share a photo and that sort of thing.

This feature is also on the new MacOS release, Mojave which means a person in the Apple ecosystem would be shielded from these cookies that track your activity all over the Internet.

One of the ways that companies can use this to track us is through the social share buttons and comment boxes we see dotted around the web. He said that the idea to do something like this "is so foreign" to Apple. On March, the company grappled with the privacy scandal that was the Cambridge Analytica story which led to an "inappropriate" collection of data of upto 87 million people.

Parents can give their children screen time allowances - a specific amount of time they can play a video game or check in with friends on apps such as Snapchat.

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Later when we spoke with Tim Cook, we asked, did they introduce this as a way to directly target Facebook?

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.

But as the Verge reports, there are still a handful of new features that come with the update including one that tracks your phone usage, group FaceTime calls, and an app that can measure your furniture.

Apple's software upgrades also include features that help users understand how much time they are spending on their devices, amid concerns of growing smartphone "addiction".

The upcoming iOS 12 mobile software will also let users better control their use of addictive apps - like Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram. "We have never been in the data business", Cook said.

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