Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote: What's Next for the iPhone, iPad and Mac

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OLIUR RAHMAN • UNSPLASHApple's WWDC 2018 Developers Conference gets underway tomorrow

Apple is holding its yearly Worldwide Developer's Conference, or WWDC, which means we get a preview of its upcoming software, including iOS 12, the new Apple Watch OS, and more.

Basically, it is going to be a big show, so make sure you're in the loop by watching the WWDC 2018 livestream today - to find out how to watch it, no matter which device or platform you are using, then read on.

Apple introduced new controls for limiting how much time customers spend on their devices as the company tackles criticism that its devices are becoming increasingly addictive and distracting.

Apple has made iOS 12 available for all devices that can now run iOS 11. Apple will be live streaming the keynote as it happens, but there's a catch: you need to have an Apple device to watch the event.

It will work from any phone made after the 2013 iPhone 5S.

iOS 12 will come out later this year, it'll be supported on every single device that runs iOS 11 right now.

The next version of MacOS, called Mojave, will include a redesigned App Store with more editorial curation, similar to the one that launched on iOS previous year.

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If things get too bad, you can always uninstall the beta version of iOS and go back to the release version.

Addiction issues. In January, Apple got smacked with a letter from investors Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, urging the tech giant to develop new software tools that would help parents control and limit phone use more easily. If they want a little extra time, they can hit ignore - a bit pressing snooze on the alarm app.

Users can then set time usage limits per app, giving them a notification if they reach a daily time usage limit.

Apple also demonstrated improvements to its Siri voice assistant.

Siri Shortcuts: a new feature that lets third-party apps add actions/shortcuts for Siri, so they can be triggered by your voice. One example shown was a "heading home" scenario that includes getting directions home, turning on NPR, setting the thermostat and sending out an "on the way home" text.

The company started that effort a year ago when it built AR tools into most iPhones and iPads; by contrast, Google had limited that to niche Android phone models. The demonstration highlighted several features from ARKit 2, including the improved rendering, persistent tracking, and multiplayer capability. The Measure app will also allow people to measure objects in augmented reality, by dragging their viewfinder across an object in the real world. The feature also integrates with messages and you can dial a whole group chat from within your Messages app. As was the case with iOS 11, Skype will likely crash when you try to sign in on iOS 12. "Apple stock has also typically sold off the day after WWDC by a roughly similar amount".

The Photos app will look nearly the same, but a number of changes under the hood should make searching within the app much more powerful. There's a "For You" tab now that features effects suggestions, and also, Sharing hints for sharing pics with people photographed alongside you. Siri can also surface favorite photos by person, place, event, time and topic. You can snooze this alert, and turn it off. Apple believes it will help children limit their screen time. For those don't own any Apple devices, there's still an option available for you. Even if you plan to watch the stream, we'd still recommend following along on TechRadar too!

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