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Apple iOS 18 to bring on-device AI features

Apple iPhone and artificial intelligence (DALL·E 3-generated image)
Apple iPhone and artificial intelligence (DALL·E 3-generated image)
Apple's (allegedly) planned AI features expected to come with iOS 18 that have been mentioned a lot in the last few months will become official on June 10. The latest set of rumors claims that next-gen iPhones will not rely on cloud servers for AI tasks, relying entirely on the devices instead.

Last September, Apple introduced iOS 17 alongside the iPhone 15/15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro/15 Pro Max. Soon after that, rumors about the next-gen handsets and the next major iOS release started circulating. Multiple reports targeted iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, which are expected to come with a long list of AI-driven capabilities, from AI playlists in Apple Music (most likely similar to the feature that Spotify is currently testing) to AI-backed shortcut generation and message writing. A new report claims that there won't be a need to rely on cloud servers to enjoy these features, which would be a huge step forward, both for Apple and AI-driven features on smartphones in general.

Although the list of features that will be a part of the first wave to be added by Apple to the next major iteration of its iOS and iPadOS operating systems is not final yet, Bloomber's Mark Gurman has recently unveiled that these features will work entirely on the devices involved. "That means there's no cloud processing component to the company's large language model, the software that powers the new capabilities," he highlighted.

In addition to the above, he also mentions the possibility of an additional set of AI features that would be cloud-based and would rely on services provided by the likes of Google, OpenAI, Mistral, Baidu, and others. In addition to the AI features mentioned in the beginning, iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 could also add AI capabilities in all areas of the operating system, including the Spotlight search tool, Safari, Health, Numbers, Pages, Keynote, and more.

Scheduled to take place between June 10 and June 14, the next annual developers conference should accommodate the introduction of iOS 18 (alongside iPadOS 18, as usual). Until iOS 18 comes along, developers involved in the Apple ecosystem might want to check out Neil Smyth's iOS 17 App Development Essentials: Developing iOS 17 Apps with Xcode 15, Swift, and SwiftUI, which also happens to be the subject of a 21% discount for the time being.


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Codrut Nistor, 2024-04-15 (Update: 2024-04-15)