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  • Mariane Bunn

What to expect from iOS 18

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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week is set to be a landmark event, with the tech giant unveiling its integration of AI technology into its devices and software. This includes a significant partnership with OpenAI. As the event approaches, leaks suggest iOS 18 will feature AI-powered apps and enhancements, notably utilizing Apple's Ajax Large Language Model (LLM) for new AI capabilities while maintaining data privacy.

Key updates include a major review for Siri, Apple's digital assistant, which will now use Apple's LLM to perform tasks within apps directly, such as editing photos or deleting emails, without user or developer setup. However, some advanced features, like multi-step task handling, may be delayed until next year. Siri will also sound more natural and offer enhanced functionalities on the Apple Watch.

Apple Photos is getting a new interface with AI-driven photo retouching capabilities, challenging similar features from Google Photos. A "Clean Up" feature will allow users to remove objects from photos using generative AI technology. Safari will introduce AI summaries for web pages and news articles, and the Notes app will incorporate AI for recaps, audio transcription, and assistance with mathematical equations.

iMessage will see generative AI emojis and AI summaries of missed texts, alongside deeper Siri integration and new message effects. Apple is also expected to introduce real-time transcription for voice memos, RCS support in iMessage for better communication with Android users, and a refreshed Calendar app with AI assistance.

Other notable updates include a redesigned Settings interface, a new Music widget in the Control Center, AI recaps of missed notifications, and improvements to the Home Screen, allowing more customization of app icons and layout. Maps will support custom route creation, and Apple Music may introduce AI-powered playlists, like Spotify did. Additional updates are anticipated across various Apple apps, including productivity tools like Keynote and Pages, incorporating generative AI features.

Source: TechCrunch


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