iOS 18 brings Apple Intelligence, Home Screen customization, and more to these supported devices

The update features more customization, AI-powered assistance, and satellite messaging, among others.
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Apple unveiled iOS 18, the next iteration of its iPhone operating system. The update is scheduled for release around September and promises a range of new features and customization options.

Granted that some functionalities mirror existing features found on Android for years now, but these do represent a significant refresh for the iPhone experience.

Here’s a quick look at some of the notable updates iOS 18 brings:

  • Personalized Home Screen. iOS 18 will now let users arrange apps and widgets on the Home Screen. Additionally, the Lock Screen will have customizable buttons for quick access to other features.
  • Smarter Photos. Photos have a new unified view that automatically categorizes images.
  • Updates to Mail. Emails are automatically sorted into categories. iMessage also gets new text effects.
  • New Password app. The Password app receives a welcome upgrade, making it easier for users to access passwords, passkeys, Wi-Fi passwords, and verification codes. The app also proactively warns users of weak or reused passwords and compromised data.
  • Messages over satellite. A critical safety feature arrives with iOS 18: satellite communication in Messages. Users will be able to use Messages via satellite when cellular or Wi-Fi is unavailable.
  • Smarter Notes. The Notes app can now solve formulas and equations while typing with Math Notes. 
  • Other updates: Game Mode improved with more consistent frame rates and improved game controller response. A more personal AirPods experience. Calendar becomes more helpful by showing events and tasks from Reminders.

The centerpiece of iOS 18, however, is Apple Intelligence, the company’s entry into the world of AI. It brings several system-wide functionalities.

Siri becomes more natural-sounding and contextually aware. The new Writing Tools provide real-time assistance across various apps. Image Playground allows users to generate images, directly within Message or the dedicated app.

Apple Intelligence

As with any Apple update, iOS 18 is compatible with a broad range of iPhones of up to 6 years old.

However, Apple Intelligence features will only be available to the iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and M1-powered iPads and Macs. Take note that the device language has to be set to U.S. English.

iOS 18 Compatible 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 gen or later)

Source: Apple

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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