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[WWDC 2024] Apple iOS 18 Brings AI, Unmatched Customization, and New Features

[WWDC 2024] Apple iOS 18 Brings AI, Unmatched Customization, and New Features

by Aiman MaulanaJune 11, 2024
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Apple has officially previewed iOS 18, marking a significant leap forward in customization, functionality, and user experience. The latest update introduces the most extensive redesign of the Photos app, innovative inbox management in Mail, Messages over satellite, and much more. This new release aims to enhance how users interact with their iPhones, offering unparalleled levels of personalization and convenience.

Enhanced Customization and Capability in iOS 18

[WWDC 2024] Apple iOS 18 Brings AI, Unmatched Customization, and New Features

iOS 18 brings unprecedented customization options to the Home Screen, Lock Screen, and Control Centre. Users can now freely arrange apps and widgets in any open space on the Home Screen, creating a layout that suits their preferences. This includes placing apps above the dock for easy access or framing widgets perfectly with wallpapers. Additionally, app icons and widgets can feature a dark or tinted effect and be resized for a personalized touch.

The redesigned Control Centre provides quick access to frequently used controls, such as media playback, Home controls, and connectivity options. Users can also add controls from supported third-party apps, making it easier to unlock a vehicle or capture social media content directly from the Control Centre. The new controls gallery displays all available options, allowing users to customize their layout and size.

For the first time, iOS 18 allows users to customize the controls at the bottom of the Lock Screen. Users can select from various options in the controls gallery or remove them entirely, enhancing the Lock Screen’s functionality. The Action button on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max provides quick access to these customized controls.

Photos App Gets a Major Overhaul

[WWDC 2024] Apple iOS 18 Brings AI, Unmatched Customization, and New Features

The Photos app has undergone its most significant redesign, offering a unified view that simplifies browsing and organizing. A single view displays a familiar grid, while new collections help users browse by themes without manually creating albums. Collections can be pinned for easy access, and a new carousel view highlights favorite moments, updating daily with images of people, pets, places, and more. Autoplaying content throughout the app brings memories to life, making it easier to relive special moments.

Messages: Staying Connected in New Ways

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iOS 18 introduces dynamic text effects in iMessage, allowing users to enhance their messages with animated appearances, bold, underline, italics, and strikethrough formatting. Tapbacks now include any emoji or sticker, and users can schedule messages to send later.

For non-Apple contacts, the Messages app now supports RCS, offering richer media and more reliable group messaging compared to SMS and MMS. Additionally, Messages via satellite enables communication when cellular or Wi-Fi connections are unavailable, using the same technology as iPhone’s existing satellite capabilities. This feature ensures users can send and receive texts, emoji, and Tapbacks over iMessage and SMS with end-to-end encryption.

Mail: Smarter Inbox Management

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The Mail app introduces on-device categorization, sorting incoming emails into Primary, Transactions, Updates, and Promotions categories. A new digest view compiles relevant emails from a business, allowing users to quickly scan important messages. This update simplifies inbox management and helps users stay organized.

Safari and Passwords App Enhancements

Safari, known for its speed, now offers Highlights and a redesigned Reader experience. Using machine learning, Safari surfaces key information about web pages, such as summaries, locations, and tracks from articles. The new Reader includes summaries and tables of contents for longer articles.

The new Passwords app builds on Keychain, offering easy access to passwords, passkeys, Wi-Fi passwords, and verification codes. It also alerts users about common weaknesses like easily guessed passwords, reused passwords, and those found in data leaks.

Privacy and Apple Intelligence

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iOS 18 introduces Apple Intelligence, a personal intelligence system that integrates deeply into iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. Built with privacy at its core, Apple Intelligence uses generative models to understand and create language and images, streamline tasks, and enhance user experiences.

Apple Intelligence powers new writing tools across the system, allowing users to rewrite, proofread, and summarize text in Mail, Notes, Pages, and third-party apps. Image Playground enables users to create playful images in seconds, while Memories in Photos crafts personalized stories from user descriptions.

Siri becomes more natural and contextually relevant, offering text and voice communication options. Private Cloud Compute ensures user data privacy while flexing computational capacity between on-device processing and server-based models on dedicated Apple silicon servers.

Additional iOS 18 Features

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  • Maps: Users can browse hikes in U.S. national parks, create custom walking routes, and save favorite locations in a new Places Library.
  • Game Mode: Enhances gaming with consistent frame rates and responsive wireless accessories.
  • Apple Pay: New ways to redeem rewards and access installments, along with Tap to Cash for easy money transfers.
  • SharePlay with Apple Music: Allows more users to share music control from HomePod, Apple TV, or Bluetooth-enabled speakers.
  • AirPods Updates: Include Siri Interactions, Voice Isolation, and Personalized Spatial Audio for improved call quality and gaming.
  • Notes: Features instant math solutions, collapsible sections, and highlighting.
  • Journal: Offers insights, entry search and sort, and a widget for quick access.
  • Calendar: Integrates events and tasks from Reminders with an updated month view.
  • Health App: Redesigned Medical ID and enhanced data interpretation during pregnancy.
  • Emergency SOS Live Video: Allows live video sharing during emergency calls for faster assistance.
  • Home App: Introduces guest access and hands-free unlock with home keys for effortless entry.
  • Accessibility: Features Eye Tracking, Music Haptics, and Vocal Shortcuts for enhanced usability.


Pokdepinion: iOS 18 promises to revolutionize the iPhone experience with powerful new features, enhanced customization, and a strong focus on privacy.

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Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)