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iOS 18 release date, new features and supported iPhones

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iOS 18 brings exciting new updates and features, along with innovative ways to customize your iPhone, making the iOS experience more personalized than ever. Moreover, privacy is a key focus of this release. Apple’s dedicated to protecting user privacy through AI within Apple Intelligence. Read on to know more about the release date, features worth waiting for, and iPhones that will support iOS 18.

iOS 18 release date

Apple hasn’t said exactly when iPhone users can upgrade to iOS 18, but we can predict based on past releases. Looking at the last five major iOS updates, they all came out in September, usually on the second or third Monday of the month. So, considering this pattern, we can expect iOS 18 to drop around September 9, 16, or 23.

Before the official release, though, iPhone owners can try out the beta versions. iOS 18 made its grand entrance into the tech scene during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 10, 2024, kicking off at 10 AM PDT (1 PM EDT).The developer beta is already out for those in the Apple Developer program, which costs $100 a year. But don’t worry, the public beta, free and open to anyone in Apple’s Beta Software Program, usually arrives in July, although the exact date isn’t yet confirmed.

iOS 18 supported iPhones / compatible devices

Apple has revealed the lineup of iPhones that will be compatible with the upcoming iOS 18 update in a recently shared preview. Here’s the list of devices eligible for downloading and upgrading to iOS 18 upon its release:

Eligible iPhone devices:

15 Series: iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max

14 Series: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max

13 Series: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max

12 Series: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max

11 Series: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max

X Series: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR

SE Series: iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd Generation)

Minimum requirements and performance metrics:

For iOS 18 to work smoothly, iPhones must have at least the Apple A12 Bionic chipset, including Apple’s first Neural Engine capable of processing Trillions of Operations Per Second (TOPS). This metric is crucial for assessing how well each device can handle the on-device AI features expected in Apple Intelligence.

Comparison of performance:

While the A12 Bionic chipset can manage up to 5 TOPS, the Neural Engine in the latest A17 Pro chipset, featured in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, can handle up to 35 TOPS, similar to the NPU performance of Intel’s Meteor Lake Core Ultra processors.

What it means for older iPhones:

This suggests that older iPhone models eligible for iOS 18 might lean on Apple’s Private Cloud Compute more, providing a cloud computing option for devices unable to handle AI-assisted operations on their own.

New features in iOS 18

Apple just unveiled its highly anticipated iOS 18 update, packed with new and unique AI features. This fall’s major iPhone update is filled with features that Apple users have wanted for years. And they will tempt anyone to install the preview beta.

From fun Messages updates that will have your group chat laughing to a redesigned Photos app that might puzzle some users before they get the hang of it, iOS 18 seems like a major upgrade. With that in mind, we have outlined the biggest features coming to the iPhone this fall, so you’ll be prepared when the update arrives.

A fresh take on Messages

Messaging with Android users is just one of the new iOS 18 features that enhances the Messages app. Apple has improved the Tapback icons that your friends and family love to use in two ways. First, the default Tapbacks get a makeover with color and shadowing, and now you can use any emoji as a Tapback. You’ll also have new formatting options to make the text in your messages ripple, jitter, shake, and bloom, among other effects.

Schedule Messages with ‘send later’

Whether it’s too late at night or too important to forget, you can now schedule a message to be sent at a specified time.

Messaging via satellite

Apple is expanding the iPhone’s capabilities to include messaging via satellite, ensuring you stay connected even when you’re without Wi-Fi or cellular service.

RCS coming to iOS 18

Apple has confirmed that RCS (Rich Communication Services) is coming to Messages with iOS 18. This means higher-quality image and video sharing with Android devices. Along with support for features like delivery and read receipts, even for those who don’t use iMessage.

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New iOS 18 features include big changes for the Photos App

Get ready for a major overhaul of the Photos app with iOS 18’s new feature. The familiar tab-based layout is being replaced with a single view. Now, you’ll start with a grid of photos at the top, above collections that organize your images. These collections group photos taken on specific days, such as today and yesterday, and include a section for People & Pets. You can even pin your favorite photos below this collection.

Featured photos

Curious about where all those moments and highlights went? Simply swipe horizontally on the grid at the top to access your favorites and featured photos.

Filter screenshots quickly

Another welcome change in iOS 18 is the ability to filter out screenshots. With a quick tap of the “Hide screenshots” button, you can remove ticket stubs and recipes from view, allowing you to focus solely on your cherished memories.

New iOS 18 features give more control of iPhone’s App icons

You can now drag and drop your favorite apps around your home screen to your liking, and even leave blank spaces. This feature, long enjoyed by Android users, lets you place app icons at the bottom of the screen for easier access. It also allows you to keep your home screen clear of clutter, so the pets, people, and places you love aren’t overshadowed by apps like Mail, Spotify, and Safari.

App icons will get dimmer in dark mode

App icons and widgets are getting a sleeker appearance with a new Dark mode look. You can tint them with any color, or let iOS suggest a color that complements your wallpaper. Additionally, you can make apps and widgets appear larger for easier access. In Dark mode, app icons will become dimmer, enhancing the overall aesthetic of your home screen.

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Get more control over your phone’s Control Center

The Control Center, accessible by swiping down from the top-right corner of your iPhone, offers quick access to essential settings like brightness, volume, and Airplane mode. It’s incredibly handy, especially when you’re about to start watching a movie. Now, in iOS 18, the Control Center won’t just be limited to Apple apps. Third-party apps will also be allowed to integrate their controls through this new iOS 18 feature. For example, Ford’s app aims to simplify phone usage and possibly even car access, making it more convenient for users.

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More privacy for your apps

Ever felt uneasy handing your phone to someone else just to show them something? Apple has addressed this concern by allowing you to lock specific apps behind Face ID. Information from these apps won’t appear in notifications, search results, or Siri suggestions until you unlock them with your face, ensuring your privacy is maintained.

Apple’s newest app stores your passwords

The iPhone, along with the iPad, Mac, and Vision Pro, is getting a new Apple-made Passwords app. While Apple has managed your passwords for some time, this new app offers a more polished solution. It not only flags passwords that have leaked in data breaches or are easily guessed. But also supports verification codes, Wi-Fi network passwords, and passkeys, the new password-free alternative.

Easier to manage Mail app

The iPhone’s stock Mail app is becoming easier to manage with new sorting features. It will now categorize emails into Primary, Transactions, Updates, and Promotions, similar to Gmail’s Primary, Promotions, and Social tabs. Additionally, Apple will group messages from the same sender into “digests.” These options make it simpler to find all related emails, such as updates about a flight you’ve booked.

However, these new features might not be available immediately with the launch of iOS 18. Additionally, Apple notes in its preview that they are “Coming later this year.”


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