Apple Explains How iOS 12 Will 'Help You Limit Distractions' With New 'Screen Time' Settings and More

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's iOS 12 update will greatly "reduce interruptions" and help users manage their digital device use, which has been an increasingly focused topic of conversation in recent months. For its implementation, Apple at WWDC announced a new section of the Settings app called "Screen Time" that breaks down how much time you spend on your iPhone or iPad each day and week. Screen Time is found under Do Not Disturb in Settings.

    Data includes how much time is spent in each app, app usage across categories like Games and Social Networking, and more. The app will also show the "Most Used" apps and the time spent in each, and you'll be able to set App Limits so that your iPhone can warn you when you've been using Instagram or YouTube too much.


    At night, there will be a Do Not Disturb during Bedtime mode aimed at helping you get a better night's sleep. The feature does this by dimming the iOS device's display and hiding all notifications until prompted in the morning, with the time and date the only thing appearing during that period.

    Notifications can be edited right when they appear, so you can turn them off with a button or choose to "Deliver Quietly" so they bypass your lock screen and go directly to Notification Center. Over time, Siri will make suggestions for notifications settings based on previous actions and settings you choose.


    Parents will also have detailed controls with a feature called "Downtime," which they can set as a block of time to limit their child's iOS device use. During Downtime, notifications aren't displayed and a badge appears on apps to indicate they are not allowed to be used, but parents can choose to allow access to important apps like the Phone.

    Screen Time, new notifications, Do Not Disturb during Bedtime, and all of the new digital health features will arrive in iOS 12 this fall.

    Article Link: Apple Explains How iOS 12 Will 'Help You Limit Distractions' With New 'Screen Time' Settings and More
  2. vertsix macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    this is awesome, my 5s from 2013 will be getting 2019 updates
  3. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Finally, an end to the “Should I update to the new iOS?”
  4. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Many people are probably surprised that they aren’t dropping support for any devices and fear that some of the older ones will become too sluggish, but really, it just goes to show that the specs in these devices have been overkill for some time. I mean, they brag about “desktop class” processing power. iOS shouldn’t be as demanding as a desktop OS.
  5. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    aye, makes it really hard for me to consider leaving apple


    I wish we were allowed to downgrade, but android support at 2 yr (if lucky) / 3 yr sec updates is just not even close enough to make it a real con
  6. Baerok macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2014
    The clock on the iPad was on the left side and battery was on the right when Craig was demoing iOS 12. New iPad Pro with notch confirmed
  7. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
  8. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    It’s also funny how people worried about the longevity of the iPhone 8 (not Plus) and 6th Gen iPad for only having 2GB of RAM. Look at that, they’re still supporting 1GB devices in 2018-2019.
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I don’t think I ever read one complaint or concern of somebody stating they were worried about the longevity and support for the iPhone 8. It’s almost a given that an iPhone will see a minimum of four years of iOS support.
  10. dominiongamma macrumors 68000

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Still have safari tabs load more often still
  11. honglong1976 macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2008
    Focus on performance and introduces lots of new features!

  12. forerunnerg34 macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2015
    We already experienced how iOS11 was also supported in the same devices. They can allow iOS to be installed on previous devices, your device becoming a paperweight is another story.
  13. canadianreader macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2014
  14. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    No dark mode for iOS 12 :(

    Johnny wouldn’t allow it.
  15. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    Looking forward to iOS 12 - does this mean the 5s takes the record for most iOS versions from the iPad 2?
  16. midkay macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008
    This is so exciting. I love that they didn’t skimp on great new features as well. I think what’s different this year is that the features are mostly at the per-app level, and won’t be affecting system stability at all. Therefore the ‘core OS’ development team could focus on truly stabilizing the OS itself. Bravo Apple, iOS 12 looks incredible!
  17. DEXTERITY macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2004
    A delete all mail feature would be so 2018 and beneficial!!!
  18. GaryMumford macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2008
    Great. Some nice enhancements. Can’t wait till next May for them to be released! :rolleyes:
  19. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    You read it correctly...
  20. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2014
    sitting on a beach watching a DC simulation ...
    Nice to hear. Now if they can make it a reality.
    Heard lots of "load faster". That's nice. What I did not hear a lot of that it will "just work".
    Still, I'll await the launch of 12. Maybe my IPP will work better than it has under 11.
  21. dominiongamma macrumors 68000

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Or in mail app attaching pics or files from the app itself
  22. joeblow7777, Jun 4, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2018

    joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    More so for the recently released iPad. A number of people in the iPad forum expressed concern over lack of "future proofing" because of the 2GB of RAM.

    Given that devices released in 2013 with 1GB will be running the latest OS in 2019, I think people should worry less.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 4, 2018 ---
    No one is going to be excited and stocks aren't going to rise in value if they don't have something new to show off. That's why every new iPhone has to have some new hardware feature or gimmick even though their performance enhancements are often impressive on their own. That's why the "s" updates always received less hype and attention even though they often featured the greatest internal improvements.
  23. Lerxt macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2012
    This is incredibly important to parents, thanks Apple.
  24. delegate macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2018
    You can attach pics/files directly from mail. Just long press then hit the right arrow and select Insert Photo or Video or Att attachment. Most people don't seem to know this functionality, perhaps Apple should make it more obvious...

Share This Page

23 June 4, 2018