California: Be it scrolling Tiktok or playing Candy Crush, we usually get so engrossed in our mobile activities that we don’t notice other things.
Being so lost in mobile also has very harmful effects on our eyes. Previous studies have shown that spending too much time in front of a screen increases the risk of myopia (nearsightedness).
To deal with this problem, Apple is going to introduce a new tool for its iPhone in the upcoming iOS 17 update.
The tool, called ‘Screen Distance’, will monitor how far the user’s iPhone is from their face. While it will issue a warning in case of distance reduction.
Apple announced the feature earlier this month at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2023.
According to Apple, increasing the distance between the iPhone and the face can help reduce the risk of myopia in children and reduce the strain on the eyes of adults.
This new tool will work using the ‘True Depth’ camera. This camera places thousands of invisible dots on the user’s face and analyzes them to map the distance to the face, called a depth map.
This feature is currently not available to users but will be released with the iOS 17 update expected in September.