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Apple WWDC 2024 Announcements: iOS 18 and more

At the Apple’s annual developer conference, Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2024); CEO Tim Cook in his keynote address announced a series of generative artificial intelligence products and services. He also announced “Apple Intelligence” and a partnership with OpenAI, the developers of ChatGPT.

Under this partnership, Apple would integrate ChatGPT technology into responses from a new version of its voice assistant Siri.
The new Siri will be able to function as an AI chatbot and receive written instructions, and also has the ability to take actions within apps based on voice prompts. Apple promised that Siri would be able to look through your emails, texts and photos to find specific information based on relevant context.

Apple’s new artificial intelligence system – “Apple Intelligence” – which involves a range of generative AI tools aimed at creating an automated, personalized experience on its devices. 

Apple announced planned software updates to be rolled out across the Year 2024.
Some of these planned software updates are:

iOS 18: better customize your home screen and control center, with the ability to now lock apps with Face ID. Additional features include improvements to Messages, Mail and Maps, plus a big redesign for Photos.
Apple said it would adopt Rich Communication Services to improve messaging between iPhones and other smartphones as well as expanding customization options for iMessage. Phones running Google’s Android operating system have long employed the messaging protocol.

iPadOS 18: All of the above features for the iPhone are also coming to the iPad, which also gets its own calculator app, plus a floating tool bar across multiple built-in apps.

macOS Sequoia: Otherwise known as macOS 15, the upcoming Mac software update will include new Continuity features for access your iPhone from your Mac and Safari upgrades that include page summaries.

watchOS 11: Apple’s smartwatch software is gaining several new fitness-focused features. Highlights include Training Load, which measures workout intensity, and the ability to pause ring progress for rest days and injuries without losing your streaks. A Vitals app collects your health metrics and warns you if something is out of whack, while interface changes improve smart stacks and Photos watch feaces.

visionOS 2: The Vision Pro software lets you turn 2D photos into spatial photos and support for new gestures. Apple is also launching its headset in additional countries outside the U.S.A.

tvOS 18: The software that powers Apple TV devices will gain a feature called InSight that lists info on actors appearing in the shows you’re watching. (Any similarity to Prime Video’s X-Ray feature is purely coincidental.) Subtitles can kick in automatically when you mute a show or jump back a few seconds, and dialogue audio will be enhanced.

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