iOS 12 Might Include Features to Keep You Off Your Phone

By Tom Pritchard on at

Recently some people have started panicking that society is too reliant on smartphones, to the point of addiction, because a few people can't pull the screen away from their faces for more than a few seconds at a time. They've also gone after Apple, trying to tell them to find ways to stop people from spending their entire lives in their phones, and it sounds like it'll be complying with iOS 12.

Like Google's previously announced 'Digital Wellbeing' features for Android, Apple is said to be working on something called 'Digital Health' that shows you how you've been spending your time on your phone. Apparently it'll include a new menu full of tools that will tell you how long you've been using your phone, and how much of it has been spent in certain apps.

This news comes from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who has a pretty good track record with Apple leaks and claims the new tools are due to be shown off at WWDC next week. He also says that Apple will be showing off new Animoji features at the conference, alongside another big augmented reality announcement. Don't get too excited for the long-rumoured Apple AR glasses just yet, because the news will apparently involve the ability to drop virtual objects that stay in place and the ability to let users play AR games against each other.

These are totally unverified right now, so we have to take them with a bit of scepticism. That said, they're pretty believable given what's been happening over the past year. Fortunately we don't have too long to wait, with the WWDC keynote taking place at 6pm next Monday. [Bloomberg via TechRadar]