Upcoming Apple OS updates on iPhone, iPad, and Mac add generative AI, control center options, and RCS text messaging

Upcoming Apple OS updates on iPhone, iPad, and Mac add generative AI, control center options, and RCS text messaging

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In one word: Although “Apple Intelligence” (generative AI) is the main star of this year’s iOS, iPadOS, and macOS updates, other major new features will also be introduced. The iPhone will finally allow RCS text messaging, a major control center revamp is coming, Apple will introduce a calculator app for iPad, and Mac users will be able to access all iPhone features through mirroring.

Developers can now preview iOS 18, iPadOS 18and MacOS Sequoia, with general availability set for this fall. Major updates bring changes to screen personalization, Siri, Safari, messages, and more.

The main addition is Apple Intelligence, which embeds Generative AI features throughout the user experience. Like tools from other tech giants, you can rewrite text, create images from scratch, and perform tasks by automatically combining information from multiple applications.

The biggest differentiator may be the quality of the result (it could be better or worse than current apps when the features are public) or how well integrated they are into Apple’s software workflow. Siri will also be able to perform these functions through text and voice commands similar to ChatGPT and Co-pilot.

Although Apple Intelligence will only come to the iPhone 15 Pro and Apple systems with M-series chips, the other changes will support older devices.

iPhone and iPad users will be able to arrange their home screen icons to automatically fit their wallpaper. Additionally, a new customizable dark mode will change the color of app icons to fit the background as well.

The control center will receive extensive customization options, allowing users to rearrange features, add widgets from third-party apps, and change the controls that appear on the home screen. The new control center will also have multiple pages, allowing for many more functions.

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Additionally, Apple is changing the way photos are automatically organized. The Photos app will try to organize images by theme without users needing to create albums, but manual customization will also be possible.

Formatting options like bold, italics, and animations are coming to the Messages app, allowing users to schedule messages. Satellite messaging will also be available when you are out of Wi-Fi range.

iOS 18 enables RCS messaging when communicating with non-Apple devices, allowing for high-resolution media, better encryption, and other improvements over SMS. Companies like Google, Meta, and numerous telcos have been begging Apple to stop using SMS for years, and several companies have tried and failed to get around Cupertino’s stubbornness on the matter, so RCS could be one of iOS’s biggest additions. 18.

Reader mode in Safari (all devices) can use machine learning to summarize articles and generate a table of contents without relying on Apple’s new generative AI functionality. Additionally, the new Safari can highlight the most important information on a web page, such as locations on maps.

Apple will introduce a new app called Passwords that works as the company’s equivalent of 1password either BitWarden, save passwords and help users maintain good password discipline. In addition to Apple devices, the service will come to Windows through the iCloud application.

iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 allow users to hide and lock apps so that their content does not appear anywhere else on the system. Opening hidden and locked apps requires authenticators such as FaceID or passcodes. Additionally, users can restrict which contacts an app can see.

The biggest addition exclusive to iPad is the calculator app, which will allow you to quickly write or type equations and insert graphs. The iPad calculator will also introduce unit conversions. Other additions to the iPad include a new tab bar and improvements to Apple Pencil handwriting.

Meanwhile, macOS Sequoia significantly improves connectivity between iPhone and Mac, allowing users to access all iPhone apps, files, and other features on a Mac without unlocking the phone. Additionally, dragged windows in Sequoia automatically change shape to fit into arranged tiles. Video conferencing software in the new macOS adds digital backgrounds and shows users previews of files before sharing them.

iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia are supported on the following devices:

  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE
  • (2nd generation or later)
  • iPad Pro (M4)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation and later)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (1st generation and later)
  • iPad Air (M2)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (7th generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)
  • iMac 2019 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017 and later
  • Mac Study 2022
  • MacBook Air 2020 and later
  • Mac mini 2018 and later
  • MacBook Pro 2018 and later
  • Mac Pro 2019 and later

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