IOS 12 quietly brings multi-user support to Face ID

IOS 12 quietly brings multi-user support to Face ID

IOS 12 quietly brings multi-user support to Face ID

"So this year, we're shutting that down", Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, told the audience at WWDC 2018. "Well it turns out these can be used to track you, whether you click on them or not".

So says 9to5Mac, which reports that while the feature wasn't announced during the firm's WWDC keynote on Monday, a fiddle with the iOS 12 developer beta uncovers a new setting in Face ID to 'Set Up an Alternative Appearance'. These buttons make it easy to share web content, but they also let social networks collect user data - something Apple has been cracking down on in recent years.

To counter this, Apple will present web pages with less details about the computer, the BBC report said. Apple is taking aim at Facebook's Like buttons, Disqus comments widgets and other third-party APIs that can be used for data collection, tracking and ad targeting. On March, the company grappled with the privacy scandal that was the Cambridge Analytica story which led to an "inappropriate" collection of data of upto 87 million people. On iOS 12, Apple introduced Screen Time which allows you to understand how much time you use on certain apps.

Regarding fingerprinting, Apple claims that it will drastically reduce the amount of information that it allows to be tracked, effectively scrambling a data company's ability to track you. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in March that he "wouldn't be in this situation" if he were in Mark Zuckerberg's shoes.


While introducing this feature to the world, Apple made a decision to show Facebook apps as an example, which is amusing because they could have chosen any other app.

After shareholders filed a proposal earlier this year that would have urged Apple to do something to help iPhone users limit the time they spend on their devices, the company promised it would do just that.

Part of the reason iOS 12 is able to support phones as old as the iPhone 5s is because of a software adjustment that ramps the phone up to its full performance potential as needed (e.g. when you're loading an app) and then brings it back down more quickly to preserve battery. "We have never been in the data business", Cook said.

Also in iOS, a new Do Not Disturb function can impose a black sleep screen on your iPhone, lest your sleep be distracted by middle-of-the-night notifications.

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