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Apple hopes iOS 15 can tame the app notification deluge

Everyone wants a piece your time. The average US smartphone owner receives 46 push notifications each day, telling them about the latest news, a friend’s response to their latest post or an alert that an item they ordered online was just delivered. Whatever it is, it’s a lot, which is why Apple wants to do something about it.

The tech giant on Monday announced a trio of software updates for its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers designed to help us tame the attention-hungry apps we download. Starting in the fall, the free iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 software updates will make notifications easier to read , with photos next to people’s names when they message us, for example.

The software will attempt to aggregate non-time-critical notifications we miss into a summary, delivered when the day’s a little calmer. And Apple’s new focus feature, which allows us to choose which apps can grab our attention when, will attempt to corral alerts across iPhones, iPads and computers running the upcoming MacOS Monterey software.

“There may be periods of your day where you want to be totally focused on work, or maybe you just want to be fully present with your family at dinner,” Craig […]

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