Apple launches this week, no new gadgets, but wants to help us to our privacy, and our smartphone use under control. The technology industry is taking this spring to clear a breathing space.
Are new iPhones announced, the company is usually in september. But on his annual ontwikkelaarscongres WWDC, Apple has usually a number of surprises in store, though it is just a revamped version of an existing Macbook. Not so: at WWDC 2018 was a software-only proposed, and still largely what modest refinements to what already existed.
iPhone fans were looking forward to a first look at iOS 12, the next operating system for Apple’s smartphones that probably in september will be available. Notable: iOS 12 will be available on all smartphones now iOS 11, to and with the almost 5 year old iPhone 5S. Apple controls this is a powerful story: you really don’t have (more) each year there is a different device to buy, to ‘join in’ with the latest software. On the competing Android smartphones, users may themselves very lucky if they after two years of updates of the operating system.
Apple also showed that it is the technology trend of 2018: ‘digital welfare’. Just as Google last month announced plans for Android, iOS and 12 built-in instruments to get your smartphone use under control. So you will be able to set how much time you want to spend on an app like Instagram, via the new app Screen Time. The app shows you how much time you have in total to your smartphonescherm have to sit staring. You also have more control over the notifications that the operating system passes, so that you are less often disturbed. Further crafts Apple just to what was already there. Siri and the moving Animoji get an update.
Also MacOS krijft soon a new version, and that will be the name Mojave wear. Notable: the Safari browser get a lot of privacy options. Facebook will probably grind their teeth at the news that the Facebook ‘like’ buttons now can block. That Facebook buttons (on web sites everywhere on the Web) can use for his users outside the social network to follow, was repeatedly criticized. Apple puts there is now a technical stop to it. In one jerk blocks Apple ‘fingerprinting’, a controversial technique that some websites use to get internet users to follow without a cookie on their system. A web server to your browser is identified by a unique combination of, among other things, screen size and installed fonts. But Safari will be opposite the web server is “lying” about those fonts installed, so as to identify as good as impossible to make.