What to expect from Apple’s AI-powered iOS 18 at WWDC 2024



Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week promises to be a significant milestone in the iPhone maker’s history. While the Vision Pro debuted at last year’s event, hardware won’t be the main focus at WWDC 2024, which kicks off Monday at 10 a.m. PT.

WWDC is aimed at developers, and much of the focus will be on iOS 18. The Cupertino tech giant will showcase how it has chosen to integrate AI technology into its devices and software, including through a historic partnership with OpenAI. As the big event nears, numerous leaks have surfaced about what iOS 18 and its rumored AI-powered apps and features have in store.

Among the changes, Apple is reportedly using its Ajax LLM to power some of its new AI features, such as suggested email replies. Additionally, there are reports that Apple plans to process AI data in a way that even employees won’t be able to access, which would help the company uphold its promise of data privacy for users.

Below, we’ll explore how Apple is said to be incorporating AI into its apps and services in the next major iPhone update, along with other improvements and changes coming to iOS 18.

Siri’s AI enhancements:

  • Control app features without setup.
  • Future updates: multi-step tasks, notification summaries.
  • More natural voices, Apple Watch integration.

Apple Photos:

  • AI for photo retouching and object removal.


  • AI recaps of web pages and news articles.


  • AI recaps, audio transcription, and math solutions.
  • Project Greymatter: AI in Safari, Photos, Notes.

Voice Memos:

  • Real-time transcription.


  • Generative AI emojis, AI text recaps, deeper Siri integration.
  • RCS support for Android messaging.

Calendar and Mail:

  • AI-assisted message responses and email suggestions.
  • Project BlackPearl: AI-enhanced Mail.

Settings and Control Center:

  • Better organization in Settings.
  • New Music widget, HomeKit improvements.

Notifications and Spotlight:

  • AI recaps of missed notifications.
  • Faster, reliable Spotlight search.

Home Screen and Maps:

  • Customizable app icons and colors.
  • Custom route creation in Maps.

WWDC 2024 will highlight Apple’s deep AI integration across its ecosystem.

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