iOS 18: the main new features to remember

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If the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2024 organized by Apple gives pride of place to VisionOS and at Vision Pro helmet, it is its mobile operating system that we have been eagerly awaiting. And if we know that more features will be detailed between now and the release of this iOS 18, since that is its name, Apple is presenting the essentials today.

Remember that the beta of the operating system will be available in the coming hours, but that its final version will only be available to the user in the fall of 2024 on a group of iPhones.
It will place a cross-functional emphasis on artificial intelligence, called in the jargon of the American firm… Apple Intelligence (AI).

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Messages: RCS, programming and personalization

Protocol of discord, the RCS (Rich Messagin Communication), supported by Google, arrives in iOS 18. It is he who will replace traditional SMS within iOS 18 when sending messages to Android smartphones. If the traditional distinction between blue bubbles (iPhone owners) and green bubbles (Android models) is not set to disappear, it will be possible to send messages enriched with attachments and other multimedia files between platforms.

Apple's messaging app gains other options, such as highlighting messages through animations. Magnification, explosion, tremor effects: various options are available to the user to ensure that their interlocutor does not miss any element. And it is possible to respond with more options in terms of emoji reactions. Finally, Messages gains an option long offered on Google Messages, but useful to say the least: scheduling messages.

Photos: more organization

The Photos app is one of the elements benefiting from the biggest overhaul. It includes a classification of photos by groups of people, where until now it was only possible to classify them by individuals. There are also videos created automatically on the app's home page using the most recent photographs, as well as new collections of images. The app also intends to authorize an “intelligent” image search, for example excluding screenshots or specific elements, such as receipts.

Even more personalization

We have already mentioned the customizing the iOS 18 home screen and control panel, which notably allows access to an enriched Control Center. Apple does not stop there and announces some new features such as the arrival of hiking routes in Apple Plans, or even a state of mind tracker in the Journal app.

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