It's now easier to wean yourself off addictive apps (and reduce notifications overall)
While Apple introduced plenty of cool features in IOS 12 that'll get you using your iPhone and iPad even more, the company also acknowledged the amount of time people are using their devices these days is a bit problematic. In fact, they're leaning into a series of apps in iOS 12 to help you better manage your time staring at screens. For one, they're rolling out new Do Not Disturb settings that will allow you to essentially mute your phone's activity overnight so you won't be bothered with dozens of notifications as you're trying to catch some shuteye, and instead review them when you're ready to deal with them in the morning.
Additionally, notifications will now be grouped together, to help reduce what can seem like a certain barrage on your screen. Now, you'll be able to set them to pop up grouped together according to what app they're coming from, or what event they're related to. Specifically, they'll show up in a neat stack.
The biggest development here is a new feature called Screen Time, which helps track and measure your use of individual apps. Beyond giving you a weekly summary of which apps you're using most, and how long you're actually using them during each day/week, it's going to give you the chance to actually limit your usage. So, if you've been trying to cut how long you're on Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook each day, you'll be able to impose specific daily limits for each app, and you'll be booted when your time runs up.