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Everything you need to know about Apple's iOS 12 Screen Time beta

Apple listens. It has heard the complaints that people and their children are spending more time glued to their digital devices than they do to each other. At WWDC, it introduced its new iOS Screen Time feature aims to help us become aware of our digital habits, as a first step to empowering us to control them.

What is Screen Time?

Set to ship in Fall with iOS 12, Screen Time is Apple’s first attempt at dealing with the emerging problem of digital addiction.

It consists of tools to help expose how long you spend using your device and the apps you use when doing so, and controls to limit this use.

Apple theorises — correctly — that people must first understand their own use of digital devices in order to successfully manage any addiction they may have to that use. Did you know the average time spent using smartphones is 171 minutes a day?

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