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iOS 18 at WWDC 2024: Features, AI upgrades, launch date, supported devices and more

Apple is expected to announce iOS 18 at WWDC 2024, promising a host of upgrades for iPhone users. From features to the launch date, here’s what we know about iOS 18 so far.

| Updated on: Mar 29 2024, 15:39 IST
WWDC 2024 expected announcements: Apple could unveil iOS 18, AI upgrades and more
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1/5 WWDC 2024 location - Continuing the trend of yesteryears, WWDC 2024 will take place at Apple Park in Menlo, Cupertino, California, the home of the company since 2017. (Apple)
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2/5 WWDC 2024 announcements - Apple has already announced that the WWDC 2024 will showcase advancements in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and visionOS. It is also designed to help developers by providing them insight into several frameworks, tools, features and access to Apple experts. (Unsplash)
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3/5 iOS 18 - Despite not being confirmed, iOS 18 is pretty nailed on to be introduced at WWDC 2024, and it is likely to become one of the starring highlights. This is due to several AI upgrades that are in the pipeline. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says it could be one of the “biggest updates in iPhone's history”. Apple could unveil a Siri powered by Large Language Models (LLMs), whereas AI could be incorporated into apps like Music, Keynote, Pages, and even AppleCare. (Unsplash)
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4/5 Other software - In addition to iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15, watchOS 11, tvOS 18, and HomePod Software 18 are also likely to see the light of day. Moreover, Apple may also unveil visionOS 2, the software powering the Apple Vision Pro headset. (Unsplash)
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5/5 Mac Studio, Mac Pro and other devices - Like last year, Apple may take the wraps off its new generation of Mac devices including Mac Studio, Mac Pro and Mac Mini, all of which could be powered by the new M3 chip. The iPhone maker also unveiled a 15-inch MacBook Air last year but no unveil is likely this time as M3-powered MacBook Air was already launched earlier this month. (Unsplash)
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iOS 18 for iPhone is likely to be revealed at WWDC 2024. Check details. (Bloomberg)

Apple is expected to have several announcements in store this year, with a main focus on artificial intelligence (AI). With the confirmation of the WWDC event on June 10, the company teased its upcoming AI features. With Google and Samsung upping their AI game, Apple is yet to introduce the technology to its iPhones and other devices. Now, with the iOS 18 update, the may reveal all it is working on, especially when it comes to AI and related features. From features to the launch date, here's what we know about iOS 18 so far.

iOS 18 expected features

The iOS 18 update could be one of the biggest in iPhone's history, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. It could be the case particularly due to the rumoured inclusion of AI features. With AI coming to next-generation iPhones, it is expected to support a smarter version of Siri with generative AI features. Additionally, we may also see gen AI in other apps such as Spotlight, Shortcuts, Apple Music, Messages, Health, Numbers, Keynote and others. To make this possible Apple was reported to be in constant talks with tech giants such as OpenAI, Google, and China's Baidu. However, some of the generative AI features are expected to be exclusive to the iPhone 16 Pro model which a new generation of chipsets will likely power. 

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Apart from AI features, iOS 18 may include customizable home screen features just like we normally do on Android smartphones. A new rumor has also surfaced about iOS 18 supporting RCS (Rich Communication Services) in the Messages App to improve users' default messaging experience. 

Also read: iOS 18 may bring more customization options

iOS 18 launch date

According to previous Apple trends and reports, Apple will officially announce the iOS 18 update at the WWDC event which is scheduled for June 10, 2024. However, the update will start to roll out after the launch of the iPhone 16 model. Therefore, we will have to wait until September or October to experience the new iOS 18 features. In terms of eligibility, iOS 18 is most likely to support the current-gen iPhones. However, which previous iterations will it support? We will have to wait till the official confirmation from Apple.

Also read: iOS 18 update may bring more accessibility features to iPhone

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First Published Date: 29 Mar, 15:39 IST