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iPhone may get ‘Safari Browsing Assistant’ soon as Apple takes a big AI step

Apple may introduce Safari browsing assistant to the upcoming iOS 18 update. Know what the report said about Apple plans.

| Updated on: Apr 11 2024, 11:27 IST
WWDC 2024 expected announcements: Apple could unveil iOS 18, AI upgrades and more
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1/4 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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2/4 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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3/4 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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4/4 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 may feature Safari browsing assistant. Check details (Unsplash)

Apple has been developing AI features for its upcoming operating system, iOS 18 and the new iPhone 16 models. While several generative AI features have come forward due to leaks, there is a new exciting feature which was recently started to circulate. The leak claims that iOS 18 may include a Safari browsing assistant but not many details were revealed. This new addition is reported to be iOS 18's new generative AI features. Know what the tipster said about the speculated Safari feature. 

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iOS 18 Safari browsing assistant

An X user named Nicolás Álvarez shared a post saying that iOS 18 may feature a Safari browsing assistant. Later MacRumors contributor Aaron also confirmed via X post that the code for this feature exists in Apple's backend for iOS 18.  Álvarez further highlighted that this new Safari feature may utilise iCloud Private Relay's infrastructure which works as Apple's private browser where users' IP addresses can not be tracked or what websites they are visiting. Additionally, it was further revealed that the Safari browsing assistant may require an iCloud+ subscription if announced. However, Apple already supports a third-party AI-based browser called Arc Search which allows users to summarize web pages. Now, this new generative AI feature to Safari may boost the company AI's goals significantly. 

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Apart from Safari browsing assistant,  Álvarez also revealed that Apple might also be working on Encrypted visual search. This feature was also spotted in the Vision Pro headset's visionOS beta code. However, the feature is yet to be released. More about the iOS 18 AI features is expected to be announced at the WWDC 2024 event which is scheduled for June 10. Therefore, we must wait to see what Apple has been planning all this time. 

Also read: iOS 18 may bring more customization options, AI integration to iPhone's home screen

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First Published Date: 11 Apr, 11:26 IST