iOS 18: Top 5 Features to Expect from the Upcoming iPhone Update

By Reetika Bhatt - April 8, 2024
At the WWDC 2024 on June 10, Apple is expected to give a sneak peek at the upcoming iOS 18. It may be available for developers shortly after the announcement, with a public beta expected in July 202....

The iPhone 16 series, Apple's upcoming iPhone lineup, is anticipated to launch later this year. However, before the launch, there are several reports and leaks doing rounds on the internet, pointing towards potential major upgrades. According to reports, iOS 18 will be the biggest iPhone upgrade that Apple has ever planned. It is believed that the upcoming iOS 18 will bring major improvements in terms of AI capabilities for iPhones. With the initial release of iOS 18 falling on the same day as the arrival of the iPhone 16, Apple is all set for its annual developer conference, WWDC 2024, which will take place from June 10 to June 14. Here's a thorough look at all the important updates that might be in store for iPhone owners.

iOS 18: Expected Features

There are rumours that iOS 18 will have a significant redesign centered on artificial intelligence (AI). Mark Gurman of Bloomberg claims that iOS 18 will be the most extensive update ever. IOS 18 will likely enable Apple to make a significant breakthrough, as it is currently trailing somewhat in comparison to Google and Samsung.

AI Updates: AI integration should be available in a number of iOS apps. AI-powered features may be added to stock apps like Mail and Notes, and Apple Music may create customized playlists.

Better-equipped Siri: Large language models (LLMs) are slated to transform Siri into a truly "ultimate virtual assistant" with enhanced conversation skills and enhanced Shortcuts integration.

Improved Apple Maps: With the addition of topographic maps for those who enjoy the outdoors and personalised route planning, Apple Maps may become more viable.

RCS Support: With this feature, iPhone users may be able to message Android users and take advantage of better video quality. They can also read receipts while contacting Android users via RCS compatibility.

Adaptive Voice Shortcuts: With iOS 18, Apple may likely provide "Adaptive Voice Shortcuts" and maybe allow for resized fonts in additional apps. Perhaps even hearing aid capability will be included in the AirPods Pro.

Personalised Homescreen Experience:c may function similarly to an Android smartphone. For a genuinely customised experience, reports indicate that users will be able to personalise the icon arrangement and add blank spaces.

It is important to note that all of the features are conjecture-based; yet, should they come to pass, iOS 18 has the potential to be a game-changing update that redefines the iPhone experience.

iOS 18: Compatible iPhone Models

Other than the iPhone 16 series, the following models from the tech giant may be eligible for iOS 18: iPhone XS (and XS Max), iPhone XR, iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation), iPhone 15 series, iPhone 14 series, iPhone 13 series, iPhone 12 series, and iPhone 11 series. Although the firm might release a software upgrade for these phones, it might restrict the advanced Al features to the iPhone 16 (or only the 16 Pro) models.

iOS 18: Launch Timeline

At the WWDC 2024 on June 10, the company is expected to give a sneak peek at its forthcoming software. It may be available for developers shortly after the announcement, with a public beta expected in July 2024. The stable build could come in September this year. 


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