iOS 12 for iPhone is just a few months away– Apple promises autumn, which officially begins in late September– and while the company works behind the scenes to make iOS more stable, secure, and dependable, we get more eye candy and a few ways to curb our addictions.
Blessing & Curse
Few technology devices have had such an impact on humanity as iPhone (which symbolizes smartphones). For a variety of reasons, starting with convenience and ending with addiction to the dopamine effect, the iPhone has become all things to all people and has sufficiently embedded itself into day-to-day humanity that device addiction and its impact on humanity is a growing trend to be concerned about.
iPhone is a blessing. And a curse. Apple’s response to calls for help to curb iPhone addiction are new initiatives in iOS 12.
Notifications – These little bleeps and burps and popup screens both annoy and attract us and they are growing in number and frequency to the point where we have so many applications, each with their own alerts and alarms and notifications, that we cannot keep up with management or pruning. Do Not Disturb gets flexible with daytime use, too, and new options in Control Center for iPhone. Siri will make intelligent suggestions for notifications and alerts, and iOS 12 itself will give users Grouped Notifications; easier to turn on and off.
Do Not Disturb – Apple to the rescue with iOS 12 and an enhanced Do Not Disturb with more options to use during the day, for specific end times to specified times and locations. Like the Bedtime mode in Clock? Get it in DND, too so you can monitor time without being inundated with onscreen alerts and notifications.
Screen Time – How much time do you devote to using various apps on iPhone and iPad? In iOS 12 you’ll be able to check with Activity Reports, both iPhone and iPad. Set App Limits to avoid overuse. Get notifications that time is running out on the time you allowed to use the app. And, perfect for parents, options to get Activity Reports from a child’s iPhone or iPad and with specific App Limits for them, too.
Some of these features are long overdue, but technology is such that sometimes real world usage takes a front seat to features and functions and it takes awhile for gadget makers to figure out how their wares are used and the impact they have.
I consider these to be welcome baby steps to help iPhone addicts.
The one issue I noticed while watching all the new options and features during Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote presentation was just how complicated and complex our devices have become, and even the steps to help us gain greater control over their uses are complex and will take time to integrate into our every day usage patterns.
Hello. My name is Wilbur. And I’m an iPhone addict.
Maybe some of the tools in iOS 121 will help iPhone users avoid 12 step addiction programs.