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IOS 12, just like Android P, is also about "Digital Health"

IOS 12, just like Android P, is also about

WWDC 2018 starts today, June 4 and will continue till June 8, and keynote will be live streamed for those who want to watch all the announcements online.

Apple will reveal iOS 12 and updated versions of tvOS, watchOS, and macOS on Monday, June 4 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote address in San Jose, California. The iPhone SE 2 could launch later in the year with along with the new iPad Pro and MacBooks.

With WWDC only days away, rumors are starting to leak of what Apple will launch and discuss this year.

Granted, there's every reason to believe that the two companies have been developing similar software updates for a while now, and it just so happens that Google got to announce its system first. But a report from the Information (paywall) suggests that Apple will loosen its restrictions on the NFC chips in its phones (which are now pretty much only used for Apple Pay), and developers will soon be able to use them for other functions, such as unlocking doors or cars.

Another Bloomberg piece points towards Apple trying to make users of their devices reflect on how much time they spend using them.

The digital wellbeing movement has gone into overdrive in recent months.

Like Google's previously announced 'Digital Wellbeing" features for Android, Apple is said to be working on something called "Digital Health' that shows you how you've been spending your time on your phone. There will most likely be one eventually, but whether it will appear at WWDC is questionable as Apple doesn't normally announce hardware at the event. ARKit 2.0 adds new features such as multiplayer AR environments, and a mode where virtual objects "remain in place", suggesting a persistent play environment. Apple recently poached top Google AI executive John Giannandrea, after criticism about slow feature development compared to the competition. The Mac Observer will be on location to bring you the latest news and announcements, so be sure to check in with us all week.

"A broad range of robust developer APIs, including SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and CoreML, give developers new ways to help users take command of everything from their health and homes, to how they get around, shop and learn".