iOS18: Here are 5 big new features coming to your iPhone

June 11, 2024
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Photos Get Updates, New Collections, and Personalisation

The largest redesign for Photos is implemented to make it easier for users to locate and recall memorable moments. A new collection allows users to browse content by topics without having to arrange it into albums, and a simpler single view presents a familiar grid. To make favourites easily available, collections can also be pinned. Favourite people, animals, locations, and more are highlighted in a fresh carousel perspective that changes every day. You can browse and enjoy old moments with the app’s autoplaying content, which brings libraries to life.

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A simplified, single view displays a familiar grid and helpful new collections.

New Ways to Connect with iMessage

iMessage receives all-new text effects that bring conversations to life by amplifying any letter, word, phrase, or emoji with dynamic, animated appearances. Users can better express tone by adding formatting like bold, underline, italics, and strikethrough. Tapbacks expand to include any emoji or sticker, and now users can compose a message and schedule to send it at a later time.

When messaging contacts who do not have an Apple device, the Messages app now supports RCS for richer media and more reliable group messaging compared to SMS and MMS.

iOS 18 introduces Messages via satellite for the times when cellular and Wi-Fi connections aren’t available. Powered by the same groundbreaking technology as existing iPhone satellite capabilities, Messages via satellite automatically prompts users to connect to their nearest satellite right from the Messages app to send and receive texts, emoji, and Tapbacks over iMessage and SMS.3 With Dynamic Island, users always know when they are connected to a satellite. Because iMessage was built to protect user privacy, iMessages sent via satellite are end-to-end encrypted.
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Messages via satellite allows users to send and receive texts, emoji, and Tapbacks over iMessage and SMS when a cellular or Wi-Fi connection is not available.

Updates to Safari

Safari now provides an even simpler way to find information online. Safari now offers an even easier way to discover information on the web with Highlights and a redesigned Reader experience. Using machine learning. It has the ability to reveal important webpage information using machine learning. Users can listen to an artist’s track directly from an article on the song or album, or they can instantly find the location of a restaurant, hotel, or landmark by reading the synopsis of the article. With a synopsis and table of contents included for lengthier articles, Reader has been revamped to provide even more options to consume articles without being interrupted.

Apple Intelligence

With Apple Intelligence, people may write better and communicate more successfully in new and creative ways. Users can revise, proofread, and summarise content almost anywhere they write, including Mail, Notes, Pages, and third-party applications, thanks to brand-new systemwide Writing Tools included in iOS 18.

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Apple Intelligence unlocks new ways for users to enhance their writing and communicate more effectively. With brand-new systemwide Writing Tools, users can rewrite, proofread, and summarize text nearly everywhere they write, including Mail, Notes, Pages, and third-party apps.

With Image Playground, users can create playful images in seconds, choosing from three styles: Animation, Illustration, or Sketch. Image Playground is easy to use, built right into apps like Messages, and also available in a dedicated app.

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Apple Intelligence powers exciting image creation capabilities to help users communicate and express themselves in all-new ways. With Image Playground, users can create fun images in seconds, choosing from three styles: Animation, Illustration, or Sketch.

Memories in Photos lets users create the stories they want to see just by typing a description. Apple Intelligence will pick out the best photos and videos based on the description, craft a storyline with chapters based on themes identified from the photos, and arrange them into a movie with its own narrative arc. In addition, a new Clean Up tool can identify and remove distracting objects in the background of a photo — without accidentally altering the subject.

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The new Clean Up tool in Photos can identify and remove distracting objects in the background of a photo — without accidentally altering the subject.

With the power of Apple Intelligence, Siri takes a major step forward, becoming even more natural, contextually relevant, and personal. Users can type to Siri, and switch between text and voice to communicate with Siri in whatever way feels right for the moment.

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Now users can type to Siri, and switch between text and voice to communicate with Siri in whatever way feels right for the moment.

Customization and Capability

iPhones users now have additional customisation options for Control Centre, Lock Screen, and Home Screen. On the Home Screen, users may now organise widgets and apps in any available area. For example, they can arrange them to perfectly frame a wallpaper or sit directly above the dock for convenient access. Users have the ability to customise their experience by making app icons and widgets appear larger and giving them a dark or tinted effect.
California’s Cupertino, Today, Apple gave a sneak peek at iOS 18, a significant update that includes a tonne of customisation choices, the largest makeover of the Photos app to date, new Mail and Messages inbox management capabilities, satellite messaging, and much more. Users will have the ability to personalise the Lock Screen’s bottom buttons, organise widgets and apps in any available space, and rapidly access additional Control Centre features. In Photos, photo libraries are arranged automatically into a new single view, and useful new collections make favourites quickly available.
 
“We are thrilled to introduce iOS 18. It is a huge release with incredible features, including new levels of customization and capability, a redesigned Photos app, and powerful ways to stay connected with Messages. There are so many benefits for everyone,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “This release also marks the beginning of a tremendously exciting new era of personal intelligence with Apple Intelligence delivering intuitive, powerful, and instantly useful experiences that will transform the iPhone experience, all with privacy at the core. We can’t wait for users to experience it.”
With Private Cloud Compute, Apple sets a new standard for privacy in AI, with the ability to flex and scale computational capacity between on-device processing, and larger, server-based models that run on dedicated Apple silicon servers. When requests are routed to Private Cloud Compute, data is not stored or made accessible to Apple and is only used to fulfill the user’s requests, and independent experts can verify this privacy.
 
Additionally, access to ChatGPT is integrated into Siri and systemwide Writing Tools across Apple’s platforms, allowing users to access its expertise — as well as its image- and document-understanding capabilities — without needing to jump between tools.

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