Apple introduces AI in its next iOS 18 update

Apple introduces AI in its next iOS 18 update
Apple introduces AI in its next iOS 18 update

Apple is reportedly preparing to integrate new artificial intelligence (AI) models into several components of iOS including the new update 18, notably the integrated emoji library and Siri.

According to reports from Bloomberg, Apple is expected to unveil the features at its WWDC 2024 developer event next month. The upgrades are expected to debut alongside several other new AI features that have been leaked in recent weeks.

Apple has historically expanded the emoji catalog in iOS with several dozen additions each year. At WWDC, the company is expected to introduce an AI tool that will allow consumers to create their own personalized emoji using natural language instructions.

In the future, users might also have the option to animate the emojis they create with the AI ​​tool. In February, a group of Apple researchers detailed a machine learning application called Keyframe that can animate static images based on user prompts. Under the hood, it leverages large language models to transform user instructions into motion design.

Along with upgrading the emoji library, Apple is expected to improve the way iOS displays app icons. Users would be able to change the color of icons and arrange them more freely on their home screens. Currently, the iOS home screen only displays icons in a fixed grid layout.

Siri would be another major focus of the operating system refresh. Apple is expected to make the AI ​​assistant more useful for Apple Watch users, as well as equip it with internally developed LLMs that will generate more natural responses. Amazon.com Inc. is reportedly preparing a similar update for its rival assistant Alexa, which will add personalized LLMs to improve user experience.

In April, Apple released open Source a collection of small language models designed to run on devices with limited computing capacity. At the same time, it released a tool for turning language models into a form that could work on iPhones. Technologies developed through this project could lend themselves to optimizing some of the AI ​​improvements in iOS 18.

Some of the improvements in the OS update would be powered by AI models from OpenAI. According to Bloomberg, Apple will officially announce its long-standing partnership with developer LLM at WWDC.

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