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On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss the widely rumored array of AI features heading for iOS 18 and Apple's other major software updates in 2024.

Supply chain checks suggest that Apple is building servers to deliver cloud-based AI in late 2024, as well as locally-processed "edge-AI." The company is reportedly planning to debut a "smarter" version of Siri based on its own large language model (LLM) next year that can understand complex questions and auto-complete sentences more effectively, as well as integrate with the Shortcuts app for complex multi-step tasks.

Apple is said to be working on adding AI to as many apps as possible, including features in Apple Music, such as auto-generated playlists, and productivity apps like Pages and Keynote, where AI could assist with writing or creating slide decks. The iPhone 16 lineup is also rumored to feature exclusive AI capabilities, and the company is even rumored to be looking into how generative AI could be used to aid AppleCare.

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macrumors 6502
Nov 3, 2012
@Hartley giving kinda bag boy look when in hoodies! Digging it hahaha 😁

That aside, I agree with @Dan Barbera

I, too, am not using Siri much. I find it's too dumb.

As for AI, still on the fence. In a wait and see mood.
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macrumors 6502
Aug 25, 2008
Nut house
Hopefully they remember to add a way to turn off the AI crap. I know Apple doesn't listen to feedback because I've been request a way to turn off the stupid App Library to keep it from popping up when it thinks you swiped right.
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macrumors newbie
Jan 5, 2021

Given that Siri just suggested I call in to an MRI, there's plenty of room for Apple to do better!


macrumors regular
Oct 12, 2021
I'm calling it now. Apple AI will be a half-baked feature that will only work on the iPhone 16 Pro Max, due to the the extra size of the device and the cost of the special AI chip enclave that will be required to run it. In fact it won't even run on M3 Macs because they will not have the supporting chips either. The base features will add very little to your life, but the subscription plans will be semi-useful. Apple will introduce it with really slick marketing videos made with... you guessed it... Apple AI on iPhone. They will show people doing incredible things with the new Apple AI assistant. Rock climbers will be completing keynote presentations with their Apple Watch Ultras from the side of a mountain. Students will be using it to create music mixes by tapping their Apple Pencils against their iPads, and children will be able to finally find shows they will love on Apple TV+'s massive 8 show catalog.

Sales will be robust despite the reports of Apple's supply chain having issues. It will be the best iPhone Apple has ever created. starting at $999 for the base 128gb model with an LCD screen from 2008 and going up to the iPhone Pro Max Ultra in titanium for $4999.


macrumors 6502
Dec 11, 2009
Maybe Apple's "AI" can provide audible notifications of missed calls. My 1990s StarTAC must have secretly been the most advanced but disguised supercomputer known to man. Not to mention my microwave, which beeps if I forget to take the food out.
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macrumors 68040
Aug 11, 2008
Meh. If it’s like any of the current ‘smart’ features it’ll be immediately disabled.
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macrumors 68000
Jun 29, 2020
San Jose, CA
I could go with just not making Siri so dumb. I barely use Siri because it's about 90% useless. I'm not sure how I will adapt to AI (And I do have a fear of where we are going with AI, considering Skynet and all) but I know I will have to adapt eventually.


macrumors 68040
Jun 9, 2021
I just saw the Google photos commercial where the phone pics our best faces from a series of photos and puts them in one photo. What is Apple doing? So far behind now. This would have been a highlight in an Apple keynote. They’re so far behind in AI and their phones are getting so stale.

Apple could do more, but computational photography gets creepy fast and I’m not sure this specific feature is the best idea. Just represent the moment as accurately as it was and if you want to make artificial edits later, you still have the original.

This trick isn’t that hard, check it out. I’m kind of an expert at Photoshop:



macrumors 68000
Jan 13, 2006
I just saw the Google photos commercial where the phone pics our best faces from a series of photos and puts them in one photo. What is Apple doing? So far behind now. This would have been a highlight in an Apple keynote. They’re so far behind in AI and their phones are getting so stale.

Unfortunately Apple is the master of complacency. Eventually that's going to catch up to them.
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macrumors member
Jun 5, 2018
Nottingham ??
I would love it if when I have my phone connected to car play but I have the radio on and I ask Siri to Shazam the song that it could actually do it. Because it won’t because am driving!


macrumors 6502
Apr 19, 2018
Hobart Australia
Given how stretched Apples dev team are, I sincerely doubt the AI timeline for iOS 18. They couldn't get the feature set of iOS17 ready at launch and have had to resort to drip feeding it out after launch. Something as significant as what you guys talk about on the podcast will likely take years to be properly implemented. The yearly cadence of updates for hardware and software, is pushing Apples teams to the limit. What we will get for iOS18 is likely to be the bare minimum to get the marketing and exec team happy and it's likely to be half baked at that. Until Apple slows down the software release cadence, there is no capacity to do real hard work like AI integration and testing, which a significant change like this requires, both on the devices and the backend.
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