Mac jams Facebook's web-tracking tools in its upcoming versions

07 June, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
  • Analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicts that Apple may release these three iPhones.                  MacRumors

In what could be seen as an unusual step for a company which sells smartphones, features highlighting how long their customers spend on their devices will be rolled out. The newly-introduced Screen Time feature is part of Apple's Digital Health initiative. It will send users weekly reports on how they use their iPhones or iPads. Users can also set time limits for apps and when time is up, they are notified.

This year, excitement wasn't exactly running high ahead of Apple's Word Wide Development Conference (WWDC). Craig Federighi, senior VP of software engineering at Apple, told a standing-room pack with almost 6,000 software developers at the Worldwide Developers Conference of Apple in Silicon Valley, stated that as the "like" buttons and the "comment" fields on Facebook can be utilized to track the subscriber, so this year Apple is shutting those down.

Tech giants appear to be bending to pressure to address the potential health implications associated with overusing their products.

Recent scrutiny over privacy concerns were also addressed, with Mr Federighi discussing updates to the macOS software which powers its laptops.

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Apple's "Intelligent Tracking Prevention" in Safari's web browser will help block social media "like" or "share" buttons, as well as comment widgets from tracking users without permission.

Another new tool is called Suggestions, where Siri will prompt the user to take certain actions in iOS, such as order their favorite coffee that they drink every morning.

When an ad tracks a user through information gleaned from Facebook or another data-sharing company, Apple devices will ask users whether they want to allow the tracking to happen. However, reports say early beta testers have been able to register faces for more than one user.

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Apple also showed off its newest operating system Mojave, which includes a "Dark Mode" consisting of subtle colors promising a "distraction-free work environment that's easy on the eyes". Users can also create their own emoji using a new feature known as Memoji, designing emoji to look how they want.

FaceTime app now supports chatting with multiple people at the same time. Other than this, we are unclear at this point whether Apple is replacing the app completely or it aims to keep App Store Connect and iTunes Connect simultaneously, which does not make sense.

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