Apple’s forthcoming iOS 18 software update is generating substantial anticipation, with insiders suggesting it might be the most significant update in the tech giant’s history. According to insights shared by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who is well-regarded for his accurate Apple predictions, iOS 18 is poised to make waves and is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.
In his recent Power On newsletter, Gurman remarked, “I’m told that the new operating system is seen within the company as one of the biggest iOS updates–if not the biggest–in the company’s history.” The prospect of such a groundbreaking update has heightened expectations for the upcoming developers’ conference, with Gurman expressing that the event should be “pretty exciting” given the magnitude of the forthcoming software overhaul.
While the latest report doesn’t delve into specific features, Gurman has previously alluded to Apple’s ambition for iOS 18, describing it as the most “ambitious and compelling” update in years. Among the rumored enhancements is a revamped version of Siri, leveraging a new AI system. Improvements to Siri and the Messages app, enabling better sentence auto-completions and question handling, are also expected. Furthermore, Apple Music may introduce auto-generated playlists, a feature reminiscent of Spotify’s offering from the previous year.
Apple appears to be exploring the integration of generative AI into development tools like Xcode, aimed at accelerating the application development process for developers. Additionally, productivity apps such as Pages and Keynote are slated to receive updates incorporating generative AI capabilities.
A noteworthy addition to iOS 18 could be the inclusion of RCS (Rich Communication Services) support. Apple had announced its intention to integrate RCS support on iOS in 2024, emphasizing the belief that “RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS.” This strategic move follows public demand for Apple to adopt RCS on iPhones. However, Apple clarified that messages from Android users to iPhones would still be displayed in green bubbles despite the RCS adoption.
With the official announcement of iOS 18 still four months away, the tech community eagerly awaits further revelations about the update, expecting more details to surface in the coming months leading up to the WWDC event.