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Apple Intelligence, Siri with ChatGPT, iOS 18: Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC24

Apple will release developer versions of its iOS18 software beginning Monday before it is available in a public preview next month. Final versions of the software will launch for everyone once fully finished in the fall.

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote just wrapped up. The company had a lot of news, the biggest of which was its push into artificial intelligence, called Apple Intelligence and the release of iOS 18. It also announced that users can tap into OpenAI’s ChatGPT when using Siri, but only if a user wants to.

Apple will release developer versions of its software beginning Monday before it is available in a public preview next month. Final versions of the software will launch for everyone once fully finished in the fall.

AI = Apple Intelligence for Mac, iPhone and iPad

Apple announced its long-awaited artificial intelligence push, Apple Intelligence. CEO Tim Cook emphasized the need for privacy and personalization, “beyond artificial intelligence,” into “personal intelligence.”

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Apple’s Craig Federighi said the generative models behind Apple Intelligence would be available across iOS, iPadOS and macOS.

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Apple Intelligence can help your writing, such as in emails and other documents, with proofread and rewrite features, including tones, summaries and editing. There will also be a smart reply option. Summaries will also be in emails, along with identifying priority messages.

ChatGPT integration for Siri

Apple also revealed that Siri can tap into OpenAI’s ChatGPT when needed. The company said it wanted users to be able to tap into external models.

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Siri will ask if you want to share your question with ChatGPT and then will return suggestions from the OpenAI chatbot. ChatGPT is also built into systemwide writing tools. So, for example, Apple said you can create a bedtime story for a child and add images created by ChatGPT. It will be free, without creating an account, and your request and information won’t be logged, Apple said.

The integration will come into iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia later this year. It said it will also add other third-party artificial intelligence models.

iOS 18 and What’s New

After months of speculation, Apple finally announced iOS 18 with lots of personalization features. This is what a lot of Apple users were looking forward to.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Customizations for home screen: Users can arrange their apps in new ways, change the colors and adjust the darkness of their apps. For instance, people can arrange their apps around the photo they have set as their background so it doesn’t cover it up.
  • New look for Control Center: Users can group controls so they are easier to use, and developers can include controls from their apps. Apple is introducing a controls API for developers.
  • Privacy updates: Users can lock apps so others won’t be able to see or access information without authentication. Users can control which contacts are available to different apps.
  • New ways to use messages: Users can add new effects to their texts and tap react with new emojis.
  • Messages via satellite: Users will be able to send iMessage and SMS messages via satellite.
  • Filters for the Mail app: Users will be able to filter their emails by categories, and the feature will be available later this year.
  • Tap to cash: A quick and private way to pay another person just by holding phones together.
  • New look for event tickets: Apple is also introducing an event guide and support features such as venue maps so you can find your seat more easily.
  • Gaming: Gaming on iOS 18 will minimize background activity and support improvement with wireless controllers and AirPods.

Siri update with AI

Apple says you can now use Siri via text, correct your statements in real time and offer a new look that is more tightly integrated into the operating system.

It will be powered by Apple Intelligence, the company’s artificial intelligence product. Siri now has the ability to answer “thousands of questions” about how to use your Apple device, even if you don’t know exactly what the feature is, Apple announced.

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