iOS 18 Features, Release Date, Supported Devices, and More

iOS 18, the next iteration of the iPhone operating system was finally showcased at WWDC. As expected, iOS 18 is one of the biggest updates in history bringing tons of improvements and new features.

If you are eagerly waiting for the iOS 18 update, then you landed in the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about the iOS 18, including the features list, release date, supported devices, and more.

iOS 18 Release Date

Apple showcased the iOS 18 at its annual developer conference, WWDC 24, on Monday. Following the announcement, the first developer beta of iOS 18 was promptly released for compatible devices.

Apple says the public beta will be released next month, while the stable release is scheduled for the fall. Yes, the public release is expected in September alongside the release of new iPhones.

iOS 18 Supported Devices

In terms of availability, a big list of Apple devices are in line to get the highly anticipated software update. Apple really wants more iPhone users to experience the new features of iOS 18. Therefore, they have maintained the same eligibility criteria as last year, making the update available for iPhone XR and newer models.

Here’s the complete list of iPhones that support iOS 18 update.

  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone SE 2nd Gen
  • iPhone SE 3rd Gen
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR

iOS 18 Features

Now that iOS 18 has been officially announced, we can discuss all the official features without relying on rumors and leaks.

App and Widget Coloring

iOS 18 brings Material You-like app coloring to iPhones, but it is not exactly like Android. It lets you set your preferred color for app icons and widgets. You can match them with the color of your iPhone wallpaper manually or through the suggested colors. It only works in Dark Mode, which means the background of each icon will be dark. Apart from coloring, you can also make them appear larger.

iOS 18 Features

Rearrange Apps and Widgets

Finally, a basic feature that should have been available for years has made it to the iPhone. You can now rearrange your apps and widgets freely anywhere on the home screen. This is great for personalizing the home screen.

iOS 18 Features

Redesigned Control Center

Control Center now supports multiple pages, which can store similar types of controls. All tabs are easily accessible with swipe up and down gestures. You can also add any control from the control gallery (with many new options) to keep your frequently used options in the Control Center for instant access.

iOS 18 Features

Now you can also rearrange and resize controls in the control center.

Change Controls on Lock Screen

iOS 18 allows you to change quick buttons on the lock screen. For example, you can swap the torch option with notes to quickly take notes when needed. On iPhone 15 Pro and later, you can also use the Action button to access these controls.

iOS 18 Features

Lock and Hide Apps

The new update for the iPhone also brings the ability to lock and hide apps. Locked apps will require Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode to unlock. If you don’t want an app to be visible on the home screen, you can now easily hide it. Information about these apps will not appear in search or notifications once locked.

iOS 18 Features

Messages

Another Apple product that has many new features with iOS 18 is Messages. Starting with Tapback, which is now improved and allows sending emojis or stickers, including live stickers.

iOS 18 Features

You can now schedule messages to be sent later, which can be particularly handy for occasions like sending birthday wishes or for various other scenarios.

Put weight on your words by adding text effects. You can choose effects for words in messages that play and pop out for attraction.

Messaging over satellite allows you to send messages even in areas with no Wi-Fi or cellular coverage. It will be supported on iPhone 14 and later models.

iOS 18 Features

RCS Support is another addition that lets iPhone users easily connect with Android phone users via messaging.

Apple Mail

You can now easily manage your emails with the new categorization feature. It keeps similar types of emails in the same category. These categories differentiate personal emails from other low-priority ones. The category filters include Primary, Transaction, Updates, and Promotion.

iOS 18 New Mail App

On iOS 18, you can now see a snippet of all messages in one place from the same sender.

Topographic Maps

Apple Maps now features topographic maps for detailed trail networks and hikes. You can also save them for offline use. And you can create your hikes.

iOS 18 Features

Game Mode

A dedicated game mode comes to the iPhone with iOS 18 for seamless gaming. Just like on other phones, this acts as a game booster that improves gaming performance by minimizing the background and increasing the game’s frame rate. It is helpful in long gaming sessions.

iOS 18 Game Mode

It also reduces audio latency with AirPods and improves the connectivity of the controller.

Redesigned Photos App

The Photos app gets its biggest redesign ever. The new look of the Photos app helps you find photos much faster. The app organizes photos on topics like trips, recent, pets, and more. A new carousel shows the best moments in a beautiful poster-like view.

iOS 18 New Photos App

In my opinion, it still requires refinements for the best experience.

Apple Passwords App

Apple brings a new app to save all your passwords in one place. The Passwords app is free to use and works across devices, including Windows via iCloud. 

iOS 18 New Passwords app

Wallet App improvement

The wallet app update makes it easier to send and receive payments. It works similarly to Namedrop where you need to bring two iPhones close to each other and the assigned transfer will take place.

Apple Intelligence

Apple finally integrated AI into its devices including iPhones with iOS 18. However, there is a catch, only iPhone 15 Pro is eligible for these features which doesn’t make this addition interesting.

iOS 18 AI features

Some of the main AI features include:

  • Priority Notification on the lock screen
  • Writing tools in different apps
  • Create images including personalized images matching contacts look
  • Genmoji for generating emojis
  • Image playground
  • Clean Up tool to remove unwanted objects in images
  • Search Photos and Videos with prompts
  • ChatGPT is also coming later this year

Other Features

The iOS 18 packs so many features that we haven’t discussed yet. Here are the other remaining features.

  • Safari browser detects important information on webpages and highlights them
  • Summary and table of contents of an article before even reading it.
  • Hands-free Siri interaction on AirPods Pro (2nd generation), like nodding your head to pick up and reject calls
  • Voice Isolation on AirPods Pro
  • Live audio transcription of your audio sessions like Calls, lessons, and more
  • Log your state of mind in the Journal app, View your writing streaks in the Journal app
  • InSight in the Apple TV app
  • Home App improvements
  • Privacy and Security improvements

So, this is all about the upcoming iOS 18 update.

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Ashutosh singh

Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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