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Apple's Screen Time app in iOS 12. Photo: Apple
Among Apple's biggest announcements on Monday was its entry in the battle against app addiction.
Apple is offering a series of new tools for individuals, kids and parents:
How this stacks up: The tools are broadly similar to what Google announced last month at its I/O developer conference. The parental controls are also akin to some of those offered by Amazon in its FreeTime app for Kindle, Kindle Fire and Android.
What they're saying: Some of those who have been leading the charge against tech addiction praised Apple's move.
My wish list: I've been saying for some time that I'd like to see Apple offer parents more of the tools Amazon offers, so the news was welcome. That said, I'd still love to see Apple have an option for shared devices so that I could easily hand off my iPhone to our son without having to worry what he might do on the device. (Microsoft actually incorporated something like this, called Kid's Corner, in its ill-fated Windows Phone OS.)
The bottom line: Apple is positioning the moves as part of being on the customer's side. But it also could help the company get ahead of criticism if a backlash over smartphone addiction picks up momentum.
There was a lot to digest from Apple's two-hour-plus keynote, even if the next iOS and macOS aren't chock full of new features.
The details: Apple also finally offered a little more information on its long-in-the-works plan to bring iOS support to the Mac, which we have also previously reported.
Mac not going away: Apple SVP Craig Federighi was quick to douse speculation that Apple was looking to eventually do away with the Mac. "No," he said. "Of course not."
In the meantime, Apple talked about what it plans to add to each operating system, with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, both coming as free updates due this fall.
Plus: Apple made some notable changes to its App Store rules, including policies regarding free trials, cryptocurrency and remote streaming apps.
Warner (on left) talks to Axios' Mike Allen. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, criticized Facebook during a Tuesday morning Axios event after a New York Times report yesterday indicated that the company had shared user data with major telecom device companies.
“Well, unfortunately with Facebook, it is a great company, but we’re seeing this pattern repeat itself,” Warner said.
Why it matters: Lawmakers across the aisle have expressed concerns about the new reports of data sharing at Facebook as it continues to grapple with earlier scandals over Cambridge Analytica's use of its data and Russia's election meddling.
The details, per Axios' David McCabe:
Go deeper: Inside Facebook's newest data privacy black eye.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
Speaking of Facebook, Apple also didn't shy away from criticizing the company at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in California on Monday.
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