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As Apple prepares to introduce iOS 12 at the Worldwide Developers Conference next Monday, a group known as the Digital Wellness Warriors have launched a petition calling on Apple to allow third-party developers to make changes to the iOS interface and user experience to allow apps to implement digital health features to help users manage their digital wellbeing.

The petition comes amid rumors suggesting Apple is working on implementing several native digital health features into iOS 12, but the scope and content of what Apple's digital health options will include is unknown as of yet.

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The Digital Wellness Warriors ask for an open iOS interface SDK that would allow for wellness-related features available through third-party Android apps to be ported over to iOS.

Several examples are listed in the petition, including replacement home screens that would offer "decluttering and dimming," an SMS autoresponder, screen covers to "nudge users towards healthier behaviors," contextual modes for limiting access at certain times, phone usage monitoring, and app usage insights.
We ask that Apple commit to opening its SDK to developers to allow us to make the changes to the iOS interface and user experience that consumers are demanding.

In order to prevent potential abuses of greater access to APIs and permissions, we anticipate and welcome a strict approval process so that well-intended developers can demonstrate how their products will improve the wellbeing of iOS users.
Apple has always maintained strict control over the user experience and design of the iPhone, so it is unlikely that this petition is going to spur the company to introduce an SDK that would allow for developers to make major changes to the interface, even with a stricter review process.

It also seems unlikely to happen as Apple is planning on implementing its own digital health tools in iOS 12, which will perhaps provide details on app usage and screen time along with more robust Do Not Disturb controls for blocking incoming notifications and calls.

The Digital Wellness Warriors, which includes app developers like Siempo, Lilspace, Flipd, HAPPI, Bagby, and others, are asking for signatures on their petition. As of now, the petition has garnered just under 350 signatures.

Article Link: Petition Calls on Apple to Open Up Access to UI SDKs on iOS Devices so Devs can Implement Digital Wellness Tools
 

Cattus Thraex

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The petition wishes Apple be a kind of a Linux company. This will never happen. The solidity and stability of both macOS and iOS are based on a strict control of both hardware and software, so the petition lacks sense. Who wishes an open-source OS, Android and Linux are available.
 

OldSchoolMacGuy

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Of all the things developers could do with this, the reality is they'd just use it to make more games and more money. Digital wellness tools wouldn't be implemented, it's just a good way to make it look like you have noble intentions.

Tell the bank to leave their vault open. If anything is taken it will only be for orphans.
 

Newton1600

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If apple implements this stuff natively (Which they should) there will be no use for this...
 

BootsWalking

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The petition wishes Apple be a kind of a Linux company. This will never happen. The solidity and stability of both macOS and iOS are based on a strict control of both hardware and software, so the petition lacks sense. Who wishes an open-source OS, Android and Linux are available.

That's a widely-espoused theory, except iOS 11 is a glaring counterexample.
 

kronusdark

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There are already some of these features, (do not disturb, auto-responder, night shift). I agree that more, and more consistent features would be cool, at this point the next version of iOS is pretty much locked in. Nothing will be coming for iOS 12 that already wasn't in the roadmap.

... and to be honest, I just want more general consistency and stability before new features.
 

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My multiple experiences with different and personalized homescreen interfaces on Android were all but trashy

I know someone who makes everything pink and uses a script-style font at the system level. On the flip side, I've seen some drool-worthy minimalist design done on the green bubble side of the fence as well, so it all depends on the user.
 
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w5jck

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Digital wellness? Seriously! What will the @#$% Millennials think of next. o_O They just need a momma standing nearby with a rolled up newspaper to smack them on the head a few times a day. Geez, keep your friggin paws off of the UI you @#$% developers. I don't like the idea of giving you idiots the ability to screw up my iOS device. Digital wellness my backside, get a life...learn to do things without your friggin face buried in your phone and/or tablets.

Perhaps Twitter should add a warning message though: WARNING, you are approaching the Roseanne level of meltdown, your Twitter account will now be frozen for one week. Please seek psychiatric help immediately.
 
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Labeno

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Why? I have a lot of friends with Android devices. The ability to customize the home screen is one of the features they like most.

I'm usually against customizing as it makes it much harder to tell friends, family, and co-workers how to do something if it looks or acts different on every device. With iPhone, you know your instructions will make sense when telling someone how to navigate around the home screen. This is true of just about anything that can be customized beyond just simple background decoration. I work in a software dev group and everyone customizes their text editor of choice, so when one of these devs goes to a different computer to help, they are completely lost on how to use the same editor. It's one of the most frustrating things I see at my work.
 

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Digital wellness? Seriously! What will the @#$% Millennials think of next. o_O They just need a momma standing nearby with a rolled up newspaper to smack them on the head a few times a day. Geez, keep your friggin paws off of the UI you @#$% developers. I don't like the idea of giving you idiots the ability to screw up my iOS device. Digital wellness my backside, get a life...learn to do things without your friggin face buried in your phone and/or tablets.

Perhaps Twitter should add a warning message though: WARNING, you are approaching the Roseanne level of meltdown, your Twitter account will now be frozen for one week. Please seek psychiatric help immediately.


or "Be Polite... Mute, don't Block..." :rolleyes:
 
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