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What iOS 12 & macOS Mojave Mean to Developers

07 June, 2018, 09:45 | Author: Tara Roberts
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With Dark Mode, it's not just the menu bar or the dock that's going black, but the darker theme is applied across the operating system as it's applied to the chrome around your windows, the side bars, and even content inside the windows, Federighi noted. A new gallery viewing option for Finder shows a huge preview version of a photo or document, with thumbnails scrolling below. In addition, you can run custom Automator Actions on files directly from Finder with Quick Actions.

The company also introduced a new feature called "Shortcuts" which allows developers to integrate their apps with Siri so that users can issue voice commands to Siri to control them.

Stacks for the desktop organises things by automatically stacking files into neat groups based on file type. With this feature, all the content of your desktop is automatically arranged into stacks (by kind, date or tag). Unlike a folder, files in Stacks are directly accessible and you can scrub through them.

The main challenge when porting an app from iOS to macOS will be in terms of controllability.

As part of iOS 12 (available this fall), Apple introduced a new Screen Time feature that shows users how much they use their phone, what apps they are spending the most time in and detailed reports to understand how they are spending their time. New and updated apps are highlighted in the Discover tab, while tabs for Create, Work, Play, and Develop aid in locating certain apps for a specific goal.

Sonos Beam hands on review
The sound bar also offers support for Apple's recently introduced AirPlay 2 audio streaming protocol and control with Siri. Ask Siri to play any track, album, or playlist on Apple Music by using an iOS device to start playing on Sonos.

Apple used its annual developer conference WWDC to unveil a host of updates, including limitations on how companies can track users of its Safari web browser, a measure that poses obstacles for third parties such as Facebook and Google as well as other analytics providers. Onstage, Apple's VP of software Craig Federighi described Safari's new anti-tracking features in unusually confrontational terms.

The tech giant has developed Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which helps "block social media "Like" or "Share" buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission", Apple said. The screenshot function also lets users record small snippets of videos as well. Users can now also put time limits on the certain app after which they will be notified if they use that particular app for more duration.

Sensor Tower also estimated that current measuring apps have been downloaded more than 2 million times worldwide, and the most popular measuring app, AR MeasureKit, accounts for almost a quarter of those downloads.

You can now also organize your cluttered desktop into Stacks.

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