iOS 18 could bring AI-powered notification summaries, calendar suggestions

Apple is set to reveal new generative AI features at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 10, as reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Among these features is an auto-summarization tool for notifications in the upcoming iOS 18.

According to Gurman, Siri will receive upgrades for a more conversational tone and gain new capabilities to assist with daily tasks. These “proactive intelligence” features include auto-summarizing notifications, providing quick news summaries, and transcribing voice memos.

Additionally, AI-based photo editing and improvements to calendar auto-population and app suggestions are expected. Apple plans to primarily use on-device processing for these AI features but will also leverage cloud-based services supported by Apple Silicon chips in its data centers.

Notably, Apple will not introduce a ChatGPT-like chatbot at this time, with executives acknowledging they are “playing catch-up” in this area, said Gurman.

Gurman mentioned a significant partnership announcement with OpenAI at WWDC, although Apple aims to eventually develop its own deeply integrated chatbot. While talks with Google about licensing its Gemini AI for iOS 18 have occurred, no agreement has been reached.

Gurman does not expect Apple’s AI announcements to match the impressive showcases from OpenAI and Google, due to Apple’s slower development pace and yearly iOS update cycle. To compete in the AI space, Apple needs to release major features more frequently.

On the hardware front, Apple is accelerating updates. Gurman highlighted that the recently unveiled iPad Pro with an M4 chip enhances AI processing capabilities. By 2025, every Mac will feature the M4 chip. Additionally, the iPhone 16 Pro, expected to launch in September, will receive a significant AI silicon upgrade.

Apple WWDC 2024

Apple’s introduction of these AI features will be part of the previews of its next-generation software updates, including iPadOS 18, macOS 18, watchOS 11, and tvOS 18, at the WWDC 2024 conference, which will begin on June 10th and continue until June 14th.