Coming out of Apple World Wide Developers Conference in California this week was slew of announcements. Apple unveiled new tools built into iOS12 (coming at the end of the month). What caught our attention was the ability for customers to better understand how much time is spent interacting on apps and websites along with new Do Not Disturb and Notifications controls.
Many parents will be interested in this additional Screen Time management tool.
“We first introduced parental controls for iPhone in 2008, and our team has worked thoughtfully over the years to add features to help parents manage their children’s content. With Screen Time, these new tools are empowering users who want help managing their device time, and balancing the many things that are important to them,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
But honestly, not just for parental control but for personal use. I’m interested. I know I’m addicted to my devices. This new feature will help me understand and hopefully adjust how and when I interact online. iOS will be able to offer detailed information including how often we pick up our iPhone or iPad during the day as well as how we receive notifications. Screen Time will create detailed daily and weekly Activity Reports that show how much time a person spends in each app they use (uh-oh, Instagram), usage across categories of apps, how many notifications you receive.
Parents will be interested in the new App Limits feature that allows you to set a specific amount of time to be in an app — a notification will display when a time limit is about to expire. Great way for everyone to better understand and manage their device usage. For parents, you can access your child’s Activity Report right from your own iOS devices to help manage time spent.
Within Screen Time, parents will have the ability to schedule a block of time to limit when their child’s device can’t be used. Downtime, notifications from apps won’t be displayed, and a badge will appear on screen to indicated they are not allowed to be used. Parents can choose specific apps like Phone or Books, that will always be accessible even during downtime or after a limit is spent.
Screen Time is account-based and will work across several devices so settings, reports and allowances are baed on total usage under one account. Screen Time works with Family Sharing so parents can also configure Screen Time settings remotely or locally on a child’s device.
The Do Not Disturb feature has new options throughout the Control Centre where you can adjust your strings by dimming the display and hiding notifications on the lock screen until prompted. New options allows users to set specific time to automatically end.
To help reduce interruptions, iOS 12 will give customers more options for controlling how notifications are delivered. You will be able to turn off completely or have them delivered to the Notification Centre. Siri can also help make suggestion for notification settings, such as to quietly delver or turn alerts off, based on which alerts are acted upon. You’ll also be able to do Grouped Notifications making it easier to view and manage multiple notifications at once.