Apple is preparing a significant update for its mobile operating system, iOS 18: will arrive on support for RCS messages (long awaited, especially in the USA) e Siri will become smarter thanks toAI generative. So much so that journalist Mark Gurman defined this upcoming release as “the most important update in the history of iPhone software updates“.
iOS 18: Apple brings RCS support to iPhone and improves Siri with generative AI
In the recent Power On newsletter Q&A session, Bloomberg journalist and Apple expert Mark Gurman revealed that iOS 18 will be one of the most crucial updates in the company’s history.
Among the most anticipated new features of iOS 18, the support for RCS messages (Rich Communication Services). This feature, announced by Apple in November 2023, brings several improvements when messaging with devices other than other iPhones. There are high resolution images and videos, voice messages and most importantly Wi-Fi messaging between iPhone and Android devices without today’s limits. The group chat system also improves, although it remains to be seen whether the iPhone will maintain the division between “blue bubbles” and “green bubbles”.
Gurman also predicted that iOS 18 will take advantage of the technology generative artificial intelligence (AI) to significantly improve the capabilities of the Siri and Messages apps. Apple’s goal is to apply this technology to other apps as well, including Apple Music, Pages, Keynote and Xcode.
From Samsung to Google, via Microsoft: all of Apple’s main “rivals” are focusing on generative artificial intelligence. AND Apple doesn’t want to lose ground on this technological trend with high potential.
These two innovations are enough to profoundly change iOS 18. Which becomes more open to standards widely adopted by the industry such as RCS, but also to technologies such as generative AI. Apple, if Gurman is right, will show these innovations in June at the next WWDC event, and then launch them on iPhone this September. There’s still a few months to go, but we’ll be able to try them soon.