Apple has new features to limit your phone addiction

iOS 12 wants you to spend less time on your faster iPhone

The technology giant is holding its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, where new features created to improve performance and reliability in its iOS operating system will reportedly be announced.

The announcement comes just ahead of Apple's developer conference, which starts Monday - the same conference in which Apple first announced the speaker a year ago.

It was rumoured for a long time that iOS 12 would focus on bug-fixes and smaller tweaks rather than offering a shake-up to the tried and tested formula. Last year's iOS 11 was all about bringing MacOS-like productivity features to the iPad, such as a file manager app and the new dock that can hold up to 16 icons (apps or folders). In iOS 12, up to 32 people will be able to join the same FaceTime conversation and users can converse with one another using personalized avatars called "Memojis" using iPhone X's facial recognition technology.

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Those who prefer to communicate with their own face instead of cartoon versions of it might appreciate the introduction of group calls to FaceTime. Group FaceTime is finally here.

Apple has promised iOS 12 will not only be available to older models, but in fact speed them up. So rather than asking Siri to open up the Tile app, for example, you can just say, "Siri, I lost my keys" and the digital assistant will automatically ring your Tile.

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Voice Memos completely rebuilt, and it's coming to the iPad. iCloud support will also be available so you can sync recordings, Apple added. If you tap it, you'll be prompted to record your phrase of choice, which will become the phrase that app is linked to. In a demo run by Lego, two iPads were shown to be running an AR game focused on a small lego building.

Apple also added a new app Measure that can "quickly gauge the size of real-world objects similar to a tape measure". Here's a look at what to expect at this year's WWDC.

Further, Do Not Disturb's new "bedtime" feature will ensure no Candy Crush notifications wake you up, while support for grouped notifications will reduce the amount of time you're distracted by pop-ups.

An activity report will now let you see how much you use of an app each day.

Apple updated the Photos app so you can do multiple search terms and get suggestions for multiple search terms. It's an interesting feature that helps Apple to position itself as an ally in the fight to reclaim your time. 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. Apple also added several more animojis like a ghost, koala, tiger and T.rex. You can make your own personal emoji, customize the look, the skin, the hairstyle, your outfit, and so much more. The process was described as "fun and easy" to produce. Don't like Apple Maps? In other words, Google Maps in CarPlay will be massive when that happens.

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