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iOS 18 is still over seven months away from being announced, but there are already a few rumors and expectations for the software update.


iOS 18 should be announced at Apple's annual developers conference WWDC next June, and released to all users with a compatible iPhone in September. Below, we recap all of the rumors and information pertaining to the update so far.

"Major New Features"

In his newsletter this month, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said iOS 18 could be a "relatively groundbreaking" update with "major new features and designs," although he did not share many specific details. Gurman added that Apple's senior management has internally described its upcoming operating systems as "ambitious and compelling."

Smarter Siri

Gurman said that iOS 18 will feature generative AI technology that "should improve how both Siri and the Messages app can field questions and auto-complete sentences." He said Apple has explored new generative AI features for other apps across its platforms, including Apple Music, Pages, Keynote, and Xcode.

The Information reported that Apple plans to incorporate large language models into Siri to let users automate complex tasks, a feature that would involve deeper integration with the Shortcuts app. The report said this feature is expected to be released in an iPhone software update coming next year, which could be iOS 18.

iOS-18-Mock-Siri-Feature-Baubles.jpg

Generative AI surged in popularity last year when OpenAI released ChatGPT, a chatbot that can respond to questions and other prompts. Google and Microsoft released similar chatbots earlier this year, as more companies race into the space. The chatbots are trained on large language models, allowing them to respond like a human.

Apple has publicly confirmed its interest in generative AI, and it has mentioned the technology in job listings posted on its website in recent months.

"We've been working on generative AI for years and have done a lot of research," said Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an interview with Forbes in September. "And we're going to approach it really thoughtfully and think about it deeply, because we're fully aware of the not-good uses that it can have, and the issues around bias and hallucination and so forth."

Improved Texting With Android Users

Earlier this month, Apple announced that it will finally support the cross-platform messaging standard RCS in the Messages app on the iPhone starting "later next year," so it will likely be an iOS 18 feature based on this timeframe.

General-Apps-Messages.jpg

RCS support should result in several improvements to the default messaging experience between iPhones and Android devices:
  • Higher-resolution photos and videos
  • Audio messages
  • Typing indicators
  • Read receipts
  • Wi-Fi messaging between iPhones and Android devices
  • Improved group chats, including the ability for iPhone users to leave a conversation that includes Android users
  • Improved encryption compared to SMS
These features are already available for iPhone-to-iPhone conversations with blue bubbles, via iMessage, and many of the features are also available in third-party messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Telegram. RCS support on the iPhone will extend the features to green bubbles in the built-in Messages app, providing for a much better iPhone/Android messaging experience compared to the current SMS standard.

Read our guide about Apple implementing RCS on the iPhone for additional details.

Article Link: iOS 18: All the Rumors and Known Features So Far
 
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I'll bet they still end up with 3 different ways to summon the camera on the lockscreen (when one is needed) and spare icons will still float away from your thumbs.
 
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Gurman talks about a “relatively groundbreaking” update, with big features, improvements and new design.

However, the accurate leaker Unknown Redditor, has stated recently that, according to what he knows, the iOS 18 is being hyped a lot. So I’ll keep my expectations low, because maybe half the features or redesign get postponed until iOS 19 or 20.

We’ll see, I’d like to be wrong and be surprised next year honestly, especially on the iPad side.
 

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I was hoping the RCS stuff would go into 17. Many of the people I text are on Android and it will be nice to have this. I have to imagine that this quite a large undertaking though.
 

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I’m all for a design overhaul and for the love of god, PLEASE add additional multitasking on the Pro Max model at the very least. At least split screen to have two apps fully open.

Edit: Happy Thanksgiving to you all. And for those who don’t celebrate it, have a great day whatever you’re doing.
I've been saying this for years. Ever since I experienced true split screen on a phone on Android I am so disappointed in the stupid video-bubble thats always in the way on iOS. And if you tell me to "just get an iPad" I'll give you a wedgie!!
 

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iOS 18 is still over seven months away from being announced, but there are already a few rumors and expectations for the software update.

iOS-18-Mock-Feature-Baubles.jpg

iOS 18 should be announced at Apple's annual developers conference WWDC next June, and released to all users with a compatible iPhone in September. Below, we recap all of the rumors and information pertaining to the update so far.

"Major New Features"

In his newsletter this month, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said iOS 18 could be a "relatively groundbreaking" update with "major new features and designs," although he did not share many specific details. Gurman added that Apple's senior management has internally described its upcoming operating systems as "ambitious and compelling."

Smarter Siri

Gurman said that iOS 18 will feature generative AI technology that "should improve how both Siri and the Messages app can field questions and auto-complete sentences." He said Apple has explored new generative AI features for other apps across its platforms, including Apple Music, Pages, Keynote, and Xcode.

The Information reported that Apple plans to incorporate large language models into Siri to let users automate complex tasks, a feature that would involve deeper integration with the Shortcuts app. The report said this feature is expected to be released in an iPhone software update coming next year, which could be iOS 18.

iOS-18-Mock-Siri-Feature-Baubles.jpg

Generative AI surged in popularity last year when OpenAI released ChatGPT, a chatbot that can respond to questions and other prompts. Google and Microsoft released similar chatbots earlier this year, as more companies race into the space. The chatbots are trained on large language models, allowing them to respond like a human.

Apple has publicly confirmed its interest in generative AI, and it has mentioned the technology in job listings posted on its website in recent months.

"We've been working on generative AI for years and have done a lot of research," said Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an interview with Forbes in September. "And we're going to approach it really thoughtfully and think about it deeply, because we're fully aware of the not-good uses that it can have, and the issues around bias and hallucination and so forth."

Improved Texting With Android Users

Earlier this month, Apple announced that it will finally support the cross-platform messaging standard RCS in the Messages app on the iPhone starting "later next year," so it will likely be an iOS 18 feature based on this timeframe.

General-Apps-Messages.jpg

RCS support should result in several improvements to the default messaging experience between iPhones and Android devices:
  • Higher-resolution photos and videos
  • Audio messages
  • Typing indicators
  • Read receipts
  • Wi-Fi messaging between iPhones and Android devices
  • Improved group chats, including the ability for iPhone users to leave a conversation that includes Android users
  • Improved encryption compared to SMS
These features are already available for iPhone-to-iPhone conversations with blue bubbles, via iMessage, and many of the features are also available in third-party messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Telegram. RCS support on the iPhone will extend the features to green bubbles in the built-in Messages app, providing for a much better iPhone/Android messaging experience compared to the current SMS standard.

Read our guide about Apple implementing RCS on the iPhone for additional details.

Article Link: iOS 18: All the Rumors and Known Features So Far
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