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Mail, Messages, Photos get new features in iOS 18

iOS 18 brings a major overhaul to the photos app. (Image via Apple)
iOS 18 brings a major overhaul to the photos app. (Image via Apple)
Apple unveiled iOS 18 today. The new operating system brings updates to several of Apple's built-in apps, such as Mail, Messages, and Photos. These updates include text formatting, highlighting important images, and prioritizing emails based on context.

Apple's ecosystem of iPhone apps is getting smarter thanks to iOS 18.

The new update brings some changes to Messages, Mail, and Photos. Texts sent via iMessage can be enhanced with new animations, which can be applied to an entire message or specific words or emojis. The app will even intelligently suggest particular animations based on the context of a message. Additionally, users can add any emoji as a sticker (or "tapback") to an iMessage and send a message via satellite. RCS is supported in iOS 18, and iMessages can be scheduled to be sent at a later time. 

Mail is getting a sorting feature similar to Gmail, which automatically sorts emails into categories based on their context. Mail can also group emails that are related (such as emails relating to online orders or an upcoming trip) and will attempt to push emails it deems a priority to the top of a user's inbox. 

Lastly, Photos is getting a fair bit of smart features to better sort and group pictures. Users will be able to search through their photo library based on search terms, and the app will sort images based on related topics (like "pets" or a trip to a specific place). There's also a new Carousel that highlights what the app thinks are meaningful images and displays them prominently on the phone's screen. 

These features will be included with iOS 18 when it launches later this year.

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Sam Medley, 2024-06-10 (Update: 2024-06-12)