Source: Macrumors

Apple’s iOS 18, unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2024, is one of the most significant iOS updates in years. This latest version delivers a more personalized and customizable experience, bringing features that Android users have long enjoyed. Here’s everything you need to know about iOS 18 and why it’s exciting.

Apple Intelligence on iOS 18

Apple 2024 iOS 18 Beta Profile, Settings & Free Download
Source: Smart Phone Price

Apple Intelligence introduces new AI features to the iPhone. Although not part of the Developer Beta, it will roll out this fall for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple Intelligence includes tools to summarize content, create images, and personalize user experience. Integrated with ChatGPT, it offers features like Image Playground to help create and customize images based on descriptions or Photos library suggestions.

All-new, More Powerful Siri

iOS 18's massive Siri AI overhaul just leaked, but don't expect the best changes until 2025 | iMore
Source: iMore

Siri receives a significant upgrade in iOS 18, making it more competitive with other virtual assistants. Now redesigned to understand personal context better, Siri can perform actions across apps. It includes ChatGPT integration, enhancing its natural language processing capabilities. Siri also supports controlling smart home devices like vacuum cleaners and can respond to gestures when you’re using AirPods Pro.

A More Personalized Home Screen

Apple unveils iOS 18 with tons of AI-powered features | TechCrunch
Source: Tech Crunch

iOS 18 allows for more home screen customization. Users can place apps anywhere, breaking free from the traditional left-aligned grid. This flexibility, especially useful on larger screens, helps users arrange apps for easier access. Apple also introduces customizable icon colors to match the wallpaper, similar to Android’s Material You, for a cohesive look.

Customizable Lock Screen and Control Center

iOS 18 brings Home screen customization, new control center, RCS support and more
Source:: Fone Arena

The lock screen now offers more customization. Users can replace the default icons for Torch/Flashlight and Camera with other apps, providing quick access to frequently used features. Apps can also be locked behind Face ID or passwords for added security. The Control Center gets a redesign, allowing for more widget pages and easier navigation, including a larger media player.

Photos Gets an Overhaul

These Apple apps could get a major AI overhaul in iOS 18 | TechRadar
Source: Tech radar

The Photos app in iOS 18 features a major redesign. The Library now displays important photos at a glance, with Collections organized by topics like Recent Days, Trips, and People & Pets. Users can filter out screenshots and navigate with fast transitions. The new Carousel shows Featured Photos and other media, refreshing daily for a dynamic experience.

Messages Gets More Personality (and Satellite Support)

Here's everything new coming to Messages in iOS 18 - 9to5Mac
Source: 9to5Mac

Messages now supports RCS, offering a better texting experience with non-iMessage users. Users can schedule messages and apply text formatting like bold, italics, and underlining. The app also includes text effects, suggesting animated effects as you type. iPhone 14 and later models will have satellite connectivity for texting in areas without signal.

Other App Updates

The Mail app introduces Categorizations for filtering emails into Primary, Transactions, and Promotions. Maps gets a Topographic view, and Wallet adds Tap to Cash for digital cash sharing. Safari highlights relevant information and offers a redesigned Reader mode. Game Mode minimizes background activity for sustained performance and lower latency. The Home app supports robot vacuum cleaners and shows home electricity use. Reminders integrates with Calendar, displaying future reminders alongside your schedule. Developers can access the iOS 18 beta starting today, with the public release expected later this year.

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