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iOS 18 Roundup: AI photo editing, Siri 2.0 and text effects for iMessage

Apple's WWDC 24 is just around the corner and the central topic will be the new AI features in iOS 18 - both on-device and in iCloud.
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WWDC 2024 invites are out

Apple is hosting its annual developer conference (WWDC) on June 10, and the company has now started sending out invites. The invite confirms known details: the event will take place at Apple Park and start at 10 a.m. local time (PDT). The conference is expected to unveil iOS 18 and show how Apple plans to integrate AI into its products. We will also learn about the upcoming macOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and Vision OS versions.

Some devices will feature generative AI. Apple has already confirmed that the new iPad Air and iPad Pro with the M4 chipset will have improved machine learning capabilities for AI. iOS 18 is accordingly set to be “one of the biggest overhauls in iOS history.” Safari, Photos, and Notes are expected to get AI features, along with improved Siri and Smart Recap notifications. Some rumors suggest that a collaboration with OpenAI to implement ChatGPT in iOS 18 is planned. But that’s only likely to happen if Apple’s in-house plans don’t lead to the desired success.

iOS 18 brings generative AI photo editing, Siri 2.0 and revised notifications

The latest report from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg describes other possible AI features in iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS 15. These include AI-powered intelligent summaries. Apple is also said to be working on AI photo retouching, a revised Safari web search and an improved Spotlight search with faster and more reliable results.

Siri is getting a major overhaul with more natural-sounding voice interactions based on Apple’s in-house Large Language model. Messages and emails receive automatically generated replies based on conversations. Intelligent summaries work for missed notifications and messages as well as web pages, notes and documents.

In addition, you can transcribe voice recordings directly. Apple also works on automatically generated custom emojis that are separate from the existing emojis and pop up as suggestions as you type. Apple’s new set of AI features is known internally as “Project Greymatter.” According to Gurman, the AI ​​calculates less computationally intensive tasks directly on the devices, while more resource-intensive tasks go to the cloud.

According to the report, last year’s iPhone, iPad and Mac chipsets are suitable for on-device calculation. There is also a redesigned home screen that allows app icons to be placed anywhere on the display.

iOS 18 brings text effects for iMessage and updates to the Control Center

Finally, according to MacRumors, Apple is also planning to add a new text effects feature to the Messages app in iOS 18. This allows you to animate individual words in a message.

Gurman also believes that iOS 18 will also bring updates to the Control Center. Although he does not go into detail, MacRumors also believes that Apple has internally tested a redesigned Control Center for iOS 18.

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