Apple ‘s improved iPhone lineup comes with tools to help users dial back their smartphones obsessions amidst growing concerns of ‘addiction’ and harmful effects on children.
An iOS 12 mobile operating system that will power new iPhones unveiled yesterday, and will be pushed out as an update to prior models, has new features to reduce how much they distract people from the real world.
Apple senior Vice President of software engineering, Craig Federighi said of iOS 12 at a developers conference earlier this year the new system offers “detailed information and tools” to help users and mostly parents keep tabs on device use.
A new screen time tool generates activity reports on how often people use their iPhones or iPads, how long they spend in apps or websites, and numbers of notifications received.
Users will be able to limit time spent on in apps, parents will be able to receive activity reports from their children’s iPhones or iPads and impose time limits on apps from games and news to social media and messaging.
Activists Jana partners and California state teachers retirement system (calSTRS) which both have stakes in Apple, earlier this year called upon the company to give parents more tools to ensure their children are using its devices in ways that aren’t hurting them.
The investors reasoned that doing so would pose no threat to Apple since the company makes most of its money selling devices not how much they are used by people.
This comes after the growing notion that excessive smart phone use, maybe be having negative consequences mostly on young people. A recent study done by teachers ended with the vast majority of them feeling that smartphones are a growing distraction at schools erasing the ability of students to focus in class and a seeming cause of social and emotional difficulties.
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