iOS 12 lets developers create extensions for reporting unwanted texts and calls as spam

iOS 10 included a CallKit framework that brought a system-wide way for customers to use specialized apps on their iPhone, like Hiya and TrueCaller, that automatically identify and block nuisance calls before the phone even rings. With iOS 12, Apple started allowing developers to write new types of call-blocking extensions that gather information from the user before deciding whether to report or block the number.

Apple hires Google’s chief of search and A.I.

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea, reports The New York Times. The outlet has obtained an internal email from Tim Cook, who tells employees “John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal.”

Apple to report Q2 2018 earnings on May 1

Apple has announced that it will be sharing the earnings results for its second fiscal quarter of 2018 on the first of May. The company has scheduled a conference call for Tuesday, May 1 at 5pm ET (2pm PT) to talk about its performance over the past 3 months.