Apple’s software updates for next year are set to bring exciting new features and designs to various devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac. Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman has revealed that Apple plans to work on major updates for iOS 18, macOS 15, watchOS 11, and tvOS 18.
One of the significant changes expected in these updates revolves around generative AI, with a particular focus on improving Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. Apple aims to revamp Siri using large-language models (LLMs) to enhance its capabilities and make it a more powerful assistant. The company is investing a staggering $1 billion per year in AI research, hoping to catch up with Google and OpenAI in the generative AI space.
Improving interaction between Siri and various apps is also on Apple’s agenda. The company is working on integrating Siri with the Messages app, allowing for enhanced productivity. Additionally, Siri will be able to automatically generate Apple Music playlists and integrate with popular productivity apps like Pages and Keynote.
It’s worth noting that due to limited major hardware advancements expected for the iPhone 16, the iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 updates are anticipated to be groundbreaking and provide significant improvements to the user experience.
However, Apple has taken a cautious approach to software development and has paused work on future features to prioritize improving existing software. The initial versions of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS 15 faced challenges with numerous bugs and required additional development time to address these issues.
As for the deployment of Apple’s new generative AI technology, the company is still debating whether to execute it through the cloud, as an on-device experience, or a combination of both.
The highly anticipated LLM-powered version of Siri is expected to be revealed at WWDC 2024, Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. On the other hand, other generative AI features may be exclusive to the iPhone 16 models and will likely be unveiled upon the smartphones’ launch in September 2024.
Apple’s commitment to advancing its software and AI capabilities reflects the company’s dedication to staying at the forefront of technological innovation. With these forthcoming updates, Apple users can expect a more powerful Siri and exciting features that will enhance their overall experience.
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