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Apple gives users control of Siri with new Shortcuts and Suggestions tools

05 June 2018, 12:01 | Deanna Wagner

Erik S. Lesser EPA FILEA customer examines the newly released iPhone X at an Apple Store in the Perimeter Mall in Atlanta Nov. 3 2017

Erik S. Lesser  EPA FILEA customer examines the newly released iPhone X at an Apple Store in the Perimeter Mall in Atlanta Nov. 3 2017

Apple also announced Create ML, a new GPU-accelerated tool for native AI model training on Macs.

In a test comparing the performance of iOS 11.4 and iOS 12 on its iPhone 6 Plus (a device launched in 2014), Apple claims that the camera app launched up to 70% faster in the newer version.

Here are all the new features included in iOS 12. Do Not Disturb, Notifications and Screen Time New tools built into iOS 12 help customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices. Daily and weekly reports will track notifications, indicate the time spent in individual apps, and even note how often users are picking up their devices. The app will also let you use multiple search terms such as "kayaking and vacation" or "hiking and mountains" to find the shots you want.

Screen time is recorded and the app limit will notify you once your time is up. You'll get a 5 min warning when you're nearly out of time (and a button if you'd like to extend your time, of course). They can also schedule "downtime" for kids to prevent them from checking their devices at bedtime.

Apple was the first of the major tech companies to release a digital assistant, coming out with Siri in the iPhone 4S in late 2011.

Animoji: There are four new Animojis: a new tiger, koala, t-rex, and your own Animoji: Memoji.

Another example is if Siri detects you are running late for a meeting, it will suggest that you message the person who is hosting the meeting. Users can select skin color, freckles, hairstyle, head shape, eye wear and more.

FaceTime: Group calls. Up to 32 people.

Towards the end of the keynote, Apple released a video, talking to the family members behind the developers.

A big part of iOS 12 is Apple's focus on performance for older devices.

For You: a new personalized feed that will suggest effects, featured albums, pictures you might want to look at, sharing suggestions (based on face detection) and your friends can share back photos of you, too. It also highlighted how some developers, such as Lego, are incorporating the trendy technology into apps. App Limits will send users a warning when they've almost exceeded their self-alloted time in the app, and block it altogether when they've passed that time.

The operating systems themselves won't be available to the general public until the Fall, but Apple does have an earlier public beta program for eager iPhone, iPad and Mac users.

But you can also watch the full keynote from Apple's live stream.

However, Apple is also likely to hold its traditional iPhone event in September to reveal the next version of its smartphone, and the firm could choose to also discuss its other hardware products then.

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