Already announced for some time, Apple’s new update, iOS 18, it is indeed highly anticipated. Those who talk about it are already doing so with enthusiastic tones, even though its presentation is scheduled for June, at the next developer conference (WWDC 2024).
He thought about fueling this excitement Mark Gurmanexpert tech journalist from Bloombergwho learned some really interesting details that he shared through the Q&A section of his weekly newsletter, Power On. Specifically, Gurman stated: “I’m told that the new OS is seen within the company as one of the biggest iOS updates, if not the biggest of all.“. He then explained that he will soon give more in-depth information, but that for the moment he does not want to add anything else.
In fact, some details regarding the new update are already quite known. We know, for example, that Apple, with this new update, will focus heavily onartificial intelligenceespecially to compete with Samsung, which recently released the Samsung S24, i.e. its AI Phone.
Apple: what we know about iOS 18
Gurman’s words represent an excellent opportunity to summarize what we know so far about iOS 18. Although the presentation of the new operating system is scheduled for June, for a few months now Apple has hinted at what the updated and enhanced functions could be .
The first novelty should be that relating to messageswhich will be equipped with the standard RCS (Rich Communication Services). In November 2023, in fact, Apple announced that the company would enhance messages in this sense during 2024. The arrival of iOS 18 seems like an excellent time to fulfill this promise.
Thanks to this update, users will be able to enjoy a better user experience when they decide to message with those who have smartphones equipped with the Android operating system. In particular, it will be possible to exchange text messages, audio messages, photos and videos in HD. It will also be possible to have greater control over the management of groups, have reading receipts and better encryption, which is essential to guarantee security.
Until now, all these functions were already present on the iPhone, but they could only be used by messaging with iMessage, and therefore with other iPhones. With the arrival of iOS 18, this will also be possible with Android users.
iOS 18 will (also) enhance Siri
The second novelty should instead concern Siri which, according to the most attentive observers, should undergo a significant strengthening through thegenerative artificial intelligence, with the aim of keeping up with competitors. With the help of this powerful technology, Apple’s virtual assistant should be able to provide more precise answers more quickly.
Generative AI should also be added to the package iWorkmade up of apps like Pages And Keynotes, so as to make the user experience even more efficient. In short, given the importance of all the functions mentioned, it is not difficult to imagine why this update was announced as revolutionary. However, we will have to wait until June to see the first interesting innovations tested by the developers.
iOS 18: which iPhones will be compatible
With the arrival of iOS 18 and its related innovations, many users will be wondering if and which devices will be compatible with this revolutionary update. At the moment it is not possible to give a precise answer, since to be sure it is necessary to wait for the presentation. Based on Apple’s history, however, it is possible to make some assumptions.
Last year, with the arrival of iOS 17, Apple stopped releasing eligible updates for its devices released in 2017 (8, 8 plus, X, etc.). It is likely that this time those released the following year, namely the XR, XS and XS Max, will be excluded. This means that to try the new update you may need to have a iPhone 11 or later.