A smartphone is an instrumental tool for how we live our day-to-day lives. You could easily contend that smartphones are more important than ever, and in 2018, Apple wants to reduce the time you spend on your phone.
Apple is rolling out its IOS 12 update, and one of its main initiatives is its “Digital Health” feature. It includes a series of tools that will detail how much time you’re spending on your iPhone and iPad. There are ways to monitor your usage already, but Apple is focusing on making your usage information more accessible and detailed than ever before.
Changing How You Use Your Phone
On June 4, Apple unveiled a multitude of features that will change the way we use our iPhones and iPads. By making your usage info more accessible and descriptive, and giving you a buffet of options to better tailor that usage to fit within your day-to-day life, the goal is to help you use your phone less, or at least more efficiently.
IOS 12 will also give users more control for how notifications are delivered. Users will be able to instantly manage notifications to be delivered silently or turned off completely. Users will be able to categorize notifications into groups, allowing users to view and manage multiple notifications at once. Over time, Siri will make intuitive, intelligent suggestions to alter notifications based on your activity, or lack thereof, with the app. New features in the Do Not Disturb setting will help you get a better night’s sleep by dimming the display during bedtime and hiding all notifications until the morning.
The Screen Time setting gives you a daily or weekly Activity Report that breaks down how you use your device and your apps, how many notifications you receive, your usage during certain periods of the day (e.g. you can see your phone usage after bedtime), how often you pick up your device, and much more. You can set App Limits, which allow you to set an amount of time that you can use the app, and it will give you a warning as that time limit is expiring.
The Content & Privacy setting will give you full control for how the device is used. This may be useful for parents who want to set limits on their child’s device. For example, you can prohibit the downloading of certain apps, restrict in-app purchases, and can block certain kinds of music or videos.
Apple has set out to inform users how they really use their IOS devices, and to give them more control in their usage. The IOS 12 update is rumored to be fully released by September, and it will be interesting to see how it alters our interaction with our mobile devices.
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