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Apple CEO Tim Cook poses for selfies with the company's WWDC scholarship recipients

Features being added to "limit distraction" from iPhones included being able to turn-off lock screen notifications at bedtimes to avoid "getting spun up" by prompts when perhaps one just wants to check the time.

This year, excitement wasn't exactly running high ahead of Apple's Word Wide Development Conference (WWDC).

The upcoming versions of the software powering iPhone and Mac computers will block the use of so-called "cookies" from Facebook "like" buttons that can follow people from one website to another, Apple said. "And the number of times I picked up the phone were too many".

You can set per-app or overall-usage time limits, manage app access for other users (such as children), set up warning pop-ups when you're close to hitting a preset usage time limit, and more. However, at the recent World Wide Developer Conference, CEO Tim Cook has cleared the air, stating that Apple requests zero personal data from Facebook. He said that the deal is merely for user-convenience and that they have never been in the data business.

As of now, Google Hangouts allows up to 10 people in a video call, which is fine in most situations, but Apple figures why not allow users the ability to have a group FaceTime call with 32 people. MultipleFace ID support feature is significantly useful if you share a device with a family member or iPads in an educational and corporate environment.

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The new tools will be available with iOS 12 this fall (between September and December), said Apple.

Parents can choose specific apps like Phone or Books, that will always be available, even during downtime or after a limit is spent. "Well, it turns out these can be used to track you, whether you click on them or not", he said.

Apple Watch's operating system also upgraded to WatchOS 5.0, which included a new feature where users can press a button and send their voice directly via walkie-talkie-style communication with other Apple Watch users.

A survey released in May by Pew Research Center found that 95 percent of teens in the United States have access to a smartphone, and 45 percent say they are online "almost constantly".

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