Apple clamps down further on third-party tracking with latest iOS updates

The new macOS Mojave. Image Apple

Out of the many key upgrades that tech giant Apple announced in their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018, MacOS 10.14 which will be called Mojave, stood out.

2018's Apple developer conference kicked off yesterday in San Jose, California with loads of announcements. The Stocks app is also getting a massive update with integration of the News app. As for developers who are part of the Apple Developer Program, a preview is available beginning 6 June while a public beta program will be available to Mac users in late June.

The best new features in iOS 12 is not something new and fancy, it's not a technological revolution, but it is something that will make the experience better for millions of users.

The latest tvOS 12 will be offered by Charter Communications to its customers later this year, joining AT&T's DirecTV Now in the US, Canal+ in France and Salt in Switzerland.

The system used to have single sign-on: now it has zero sign-on.

There are also rumors about Apple launching Universal Apps. The new Stacks feature will display icons on top of each other, in piles. The new App Store has been redesigned from the ground up with a brand new user interface, making it easier to navigate, discover and explore new apps.

Instead it was all software, with a focus on its major pieces of hardware, like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

This is interesting, because the two operating systems share different development points. So, for example, if you have a image stack then when you drop it onto the desktop it will get swept up into it - click on the stack and the files launch back on the desktop for perusal. And what makes it so special is a new Mojave Desert desktop which is dynamic in nature, which means the image changes its looks as per the time of the day.

And we're not just talking about a dark Dock and Menu Bar. The new feature will automatically arrange all the files on the desktop into proper groups based on file type.

iOS apps like News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home are now available on the Mac for the first time, the Mac App Store gets a full redesign, and FaceTime gains support for group calling. So much was unveiled by the Cupertino giant including the new operating system - macOS Mojave, FaceTime update to support 32 people at once, a walkie-talkie feature to Apple Watch and a bundle of other stuff.

There are enhanced privacy and security features. After the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach, Apple has introduced a feature to Safari which they call Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which helps block social media "Like" or "Share" buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without their permission. Safari also expands its security arsenal by introducing the ability to remove social media buttons from websites, and also limits "fingerprinting", which should make it hard for websites to track unique user information such as fonts and configuration settings.

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