AI-powered iOS 18 could be the biggest update in Apple's history: Report

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Apple will introduce its latest iPhone 16 lineup later this year, which is expected to be packed with generative AI features. The Cupertino, California-based company's AI push has lagged far behind rivals Google and Samsung, with both the Pixel 8 and the newly unveiled Galaxy S24 series including artificial intelligence-based tools and apps. Generative AI features on the next iPhone will likely come as part of iOS 18. A new report claims that the next major update to Apple's mobile operating system could be the biggest in the company's history.

According to a report from 9to5Mac, which cites the latest Power On newsletter from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, iOS 18 will likely be “one of the biggest iOS updates in the company's history — if not the biggest.” iOS 18, codenamed Crystal, will reportedly bring “ambitious changes” in addition to new AI features.

“I'm told that the new operating system is viewed within the company as one of the biggest iOS updates in company history – if not the biggest. With that knowledge, Apple’s developers conference in June should be quite exciting,” Gurman reportedly said in his newsletter. Earlier this month, Gurman reported that Apple would likely announce iOS 18's AI offerings at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

While Apple has kept quiet about the generative AI features coming to iOS 18, reports say that Siri, the on-device assistant on the iPhone, is going to get a major AI overhaul. The revised Siri is expected to be powered by Apple's Large Language Model (LLM). Other apps like Apple Music and Messages may also get AI features like better music recommendations, playlist creation, and better text suggestions. Gurman said in October last year that Apple's suite of productivity apps like Pages, Numbers and Keynote could also receive an AI-based upgrade.

Apple is likely to spend around $1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,300 crores) next year on developing AI features for its devices. Back in November, Gurman had said that the iPhone 16 series would lack major hardware upgrades, thus iOS 18 would need to be “extra impressive.”

Apple rival Samsung recently launched its flagship Galaxy S24 series smartphones with Galaxy AI features like Live Translate, Note Assist, Circle to Search, and more. The South Korean manufacturer has partnered with Google to bundle AI services on its latest phones using the company's Gemini AI model.


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