iOS 18 plans to introduce AI features including Safari Browsing Assistant, encrypted visual search


iOS 18 is expected to be unveiled at WWDC 2024 on June 10, just months before Apple releases its next major software update for eligible iPhone models. Although the company has not yet provided any details related to iOS 18, analysis of the backend code on Apple's servers has revealed that the company may be working on two new AI features that may come with the upcoming update. These include an AI-powered 'Browsing Assistant' for Safari that could bring Apple's browser on par with competing applications.

In a post on The first – Safari Browsing Assistant – which sounds similar to generative AI assistants that are able to analyze and summarize web pages, like Copilot on Microsoft Edge or the Arc browser.

The second feature spotted by the developer is called Encrypted Visual Search, which is a feature already offered by Spotlight, as the developer explains. It's currently unclear whether iOS 18 will include a more advanced (and safer) version of the Visual Look Up feature that can automatically identify plants, pet breeds, and landmarks in Camera Roll images.

Alvarez telling Both of these features will use an Oblivious HTTP Gateway (a privacy protocol for forwarding encrypted HTTP messages) that will prevent the company from identifying multiple requests coming from the same IP address. The developer previously speculated that Apple would use its iCloud Private Relay feature, which requires a monthly subscription to iCloud+ or Apple One.

Apple has not yet revealed details of these alleged AI features coming to its upcoming operating system update for eligible iPhone models. The company is expected to unveil iOS 18 along with macOS 15 and other operating system updates for various Apple products at WWDC 2024, which starts on June 10, and we may be able to learn more about these AI features during the WWDC keynote event. can hope. Month.

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