Mark Gurman, through his Power On newsletter, shares insights hinting that iOS 18 might just be the most transformative update to the iPhone ecosystem we've seen. As we look forward to the event, which will also cover advancements in watchOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS 15, Gurman promises to divulge more specifics in due time. Insiders suggest that internally, the update is perceived as potentially the most significant overhaul in iOS history.
Among the headline-grabbing features, Apple is ready to infuse the iPhone with AI capabilities, stepping up its game to meet the competitive edge of generative AI technologies. It's been discussed that Apple may be developing its own large language model akin to ChatGPT, with the intent to unleash this technology within various iOS tools.
Speculation is rife regarding AI-centric augmentations for applications like Notes, Messages, and, most notably, Siri, which could see one of its most prominent expansions in capabilities yet. However, it's rumored that these AI functions might not be part of the initial iOS 18 rollout, with a later update anticipated to bring these features into full fruition, potentially coinciding with the release of the iPhone 16 range, to take advantage of any hardware enhancements tailored for AI optimization.
In addition to AI advancements, Apple is also embracing RCS support, marking a significant shift in communication standards for the iPhone. RCS has been a focal point for Google, advocating for Apple's adoption to improve interactions between iPhone and Android users. Such support has taken time due to the comparable services offered by iMessage, but RCS is set to bring a new level of functionality to cross-platform communication, offering features such as high-resolution media sharing, audio messages, typing indicators, read receipts, and more robust encryption.
More details about iOS 18 and its capabilities will be presented at Apple’s developer conference later in the year, including possible aesthetic updates to the platform – though specific visual changes remain under wraps for the moment. As the tech community buzzes with anticipation, we’ll stay tuned for more updates from Apple on their latest software evolution.