Apple to rollout biggest software upgrade with iOS 18: Safari, Maps & Calculator apps get revamped

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Apple has confirmed that it will host the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2024 from 10th June to 14th June. During the event, there will be some major software as well as hardware announcements that will take innovation to the next level. While hardware announcements are expected to be about Apple pencil, new iPad, and much more, in terms of software, the biggest upgrade will be iOS 18 which is set to get a major overhaul. Along with iOS 18, iPadOS 18 will also be announced.

Let us have a look at how iOS 18 will be getting a major revamp.

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iOS 18: What will be new?

Reliable Apple tipster Mark Gurman claims that iOS 18 will be the biggest upgrade in the iPhone operating system’s history. Apple is planning on revamping its built-in apps like Notes, Mail, Fitness, and Photo with iOS 18. How these changes will take place remains to be seen, but all this will make it a big upgrade for sure.

  • Gurman claims that the iOS 18 will get a complete redesign of various built-in iPhone apps like Photos, Mail, Notes, and Fitness. The Calculator app is expected to get more features and arrive on the iPad as well, offering an even better experience for iPad users.
  • According to the tipster, iOS 18 is expected to be the most significant update from Apple that will include AI-driven enhancements. These will include automatically created playlists on Apple Music and Writing support in Keynote and Pages.
  • Apple is planning to run AI tasks directly on iPhone which will reduce the dependence on cloud servers, with only some limited features being exclusive to iPhone 16 models.

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  • The updates list includes Apple assistant Siri as well. Siri is also in line to get significant updates with AI advancements. Apple users can expect more natural conversations with Siri, enhanced Spotlight search, better shortcuts, and automation. Apple’s approach to AI might also include the use of its LLM or partnership with Google/Open AI.
  • iOS 18 is also expected to see RCS messaging standard, which will bridge the communication gap between iPhone and Android users. It offers enhanced features like High-res photo sharing, better group chats, and read receipts across platforms.
  • The home screen will be customizable in a new way as users will be able to place icons wherever they want to. This will allow them to keep blank spaces, custom rows or columns, and an even more flexible layout. It will be a favorable change for those needing a personalized smartphone experience.
  • Apple’s browser Safari will also get AI-powered improvements, mostly including a browsing assistant similar to existing tools in other browsers. As mentioned above, the Calculator app will get a revamp that will include a history bar for past calculations and enhanced unit conversion tools.

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  • The Notes app is said to support complex mathematical equations which will cater to students and professionals alike.
  • Apple Maps will get upgrades in terms of new topography being included for elevation data and marked trails. It will make reading maps easier for hikers.
  • iOS 18 is also said to bring a hearing aid mode for Apple AirPods Pro. It will built on the existing conversation boost feature.
  • Updates for CarPlay, Freeform, and other apps are also expected.

How these updates will roll out and how many of them will actually be enabled still remains unclear.

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Shivangi AgarwalShivangi Agarwal
Shivangi is an honours graduate in English from Delhi University with a passion for reading and writing. Always keen to know more about the latest gadgets, when she is not reading about tech, she loves listening to Hindi music and grooving to the latest Hindi beats.

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