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Apple Announces Slew of New Anti-Addiction IPhone Controls

  • Time Limits will switch some apps off, based on user settings
  • Parents will now be able to limit kids usage of certain apps
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Bloomberg’s Emily Chang reports on Apple’s updates.(Source: Bloomberg)

Apple Inc. introduced features to help iPhone users put down their phones -- at least temporarily -- after criticism people were addicted to the company’s flagship device and following similar moves to combat smartphone addiction by competitors.

The slew of tools includes updates to “Do Not Disturb” and new ways to manage notifications. Instead of waking up to a string of notifications missed over night, users will get a new “Good morning” screen summarizing the alerts. There’s also a larger array of controls for muting notifications and grouping alerts to reduce the number sent to a user.