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

Apple is all set to unveil the next version of the iPhone Operating System, iOS 18 in about 20 days now. The Cupertino tech titan is working on a big revamp, bringing changes to the home screen, generative AI features, RCS support, and many more.

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 upcoming iOS 18, including the release date, supported devices, leaked features, and more.

iOS 18 Release Date

Apple officially confirmed dates for this year’s worldwide developers conference, WWDC 24. The event is scheduled to take place from June 10 to June 14 at Apple Park. During WWDC 24, Apple will showcase iOS 18, and detail the features and availability of the operating system.

ios 18 release date

Initially, Apple will release the iOS 18 update to developers for testing purposes. Once it reaches the second phase of testing, the update will be pushed to public beta testers. The first public beta update is expected to be released anytime in July.

However, the final public release or stable version is expected to be released same time as the next iPhone, the iPhone 16 series.

iOS 18 Supported Devices

In terms of availability, a big list of Apple devices are in line to get the highly anticipated software update. There’s a high chance that the update will be available to all iPhones running on iOS 17, which means, iPhone XR and newer models could get the update.

Usually, Apple provides five major software upgrades to the iPhones. However, sometimes Apple extends the software update support for select devices. If it happens this year, then we can expect iOS 18 will be available for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and newer models.

Here’s the complete list of iPhones that are expected to support the 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 Expected Features

Several leaks indicate a major overhaul coming to the iPhone with iOS 18. With the announcement of iOS 18 just two months away, there’s enough information to give us an idea of what’s new coming to the iPhone. Let’s shed light on all the leaks.

Generative AI

Google’s Pixel 8 phones are packed with a plethora of Generative AI features, thanks to the in-house Tensor G3 chipset. Following suit, the South Korean tech giant, Samsung launched the Galaxy S24 series embedded with Galaxy AI (a fancy moniker for AI features). Later more Android OEMs followed the trend, recently announced Moto Edge 50 Pro also supports some AI features.

ios 18 generative ai features

Some strong rumors are hinting Apple to bring Generative AI features to the iPhone with the upcoming iOS 18 update. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said, Apple’s senior management has described its upcoming operating systems as “ambitious and compelling.”

Later he added, that the company is racing to catch up with Google and OpenAI in generative AI with the upcoming iOS 18 update.

In another article, Gurman said, that Apple is working on several generative AI-based features. This could mean there are multiple AI-infused features coming with the iOS 18. At the time of writing, there’s no information available related to the specific AI features Apple is working on. However, we can expect the update will add AI magic to the Photos app, Apple Music (with auto-generated playlists), Notes, Pages, Freeform, and Keynote.

ios 18 gemini

Bloomberg and The New York Times have reported, that Apple is in talks with Google about integrating Gemini AI to the iPhone with upcoming iOS 18. However, these talks appear to have faltered. According to Bloomberg’s latest report, the tech giant is now close to finalizing the deal with the maker of ChatGPT, OpenAI.

Siri is getting better

Apple is planning to revamp its virtual assistant large language models and generative AI features. According to rumors, Siri will have better conversation capabilities, improved interaction between Messages, and deeper integration with Shortcuts app.

However, some of these features are likely to be exclusive to the upcoming iPhone 16 series or might be iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, with the Apple A18 Bionic chip.

RCS Support

Last year, Apple confirmed that RCS support is coming to the iPhone. Recently, Google also accidentally revealed the release timeline for the much-awaited texting feature. The report hints that the feature will be available on eligible devices this fall.

When is RCS support coming to iPhone

For unawares, RCS stands for Rich Communication Services, basically, it is the next version of SMS/MMS. With the RCS support coming to iPhone, users can now easily send or receive photos or videos between iPhone and Android devices. Not only this, but it will also bring real-time typing indicators, read receipts, group chats, and cross-platform emoji reactions.

Here’s the complete list of features coming with RCS.

  • Ability to send messages over cellular or WiFi (no cost for messages sent through WiFi)
  • High-resolution photos and videos sharing with Android users.
  • Support for sharing large files with Android devices.
  • Read receipts.
  • Real-time typing indicators.
  • Audio Messages.
  • Group Chats.
  • Cross-platform emoji reactions.

For iPhone-to-iPhone communications, users can still utilize the iMessage.

Design Changes and Home Page Redesign

After bringing the customization features to the iPhone lock screen with iOS 15 and iOS 16. Apple is now working to bring design changes to the operating system. Mark Gurman mentioned in his subscribers-only Q&A section in the Power On newsletter that, “Apple is working to update the design of iOS as early as this year.”

As per the details, the company is expected to bring VisionOS-inspired design elements to the iOS 18. Apart from that the update is expected to bring customization features to the home screen, however, we need to wait to see WWDC’s keynote to get better information on how Apple will implement the design change to the iOS.

Apple Maps

With each iOS upgrade Apple Maps get better and the same is expected with iOS 18. The update is expected to bring support for custom routes, so you can avoid the pre-selected options and create their own routes, add stops, and more. Apart from that, Apple is expected to bring watchOS 10 topographic map to the iPhone.

apple maps on ios 18

Other Features

Apart from all these features, Apple will bring more accessibility features with the upcoming iOS 18 update. AirPods Pro is expected to gain hearing aid mode with the upcoming iPhone operating system.

The list of new accessibility features includes:

  • Reduce Motion Sickness: Vehicle Motion Cues is an all-new experience for iPhone and iPad users that can help reduce motion sickness for passengers in moving vehicles.
  • Eye Tracking for iPhone and iPad: Powered by artificial intelligence, AI, gives users a whole new way for navigating iPhone and iPad with just their eyes.
  • Music Haptics: When a user turns on the Music Haptics accessibility feature, the iPhone’s Taptic Engine plays taps, textures, and refined vibrations to the audio of the music.

So, this is all about the upcoming iOS 18 update. We will add more details once available.

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Haneet is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of YTECHB. He has a huge passion for tinkering with latest smartphones, wearables, smart home devices, smart TVs, and more. As an avid Apple Ecosystem user, he loves customizing his iPhone and iPad to suit his needs. For tips, you can connect Haneet at haneetsingh@outlook.com In 2019, Haneet and the YTECHB team exclusively shared the wallpapers of iPhone 11 right before the launch event. In 2020, Haneet alongside his team members shared exclusive renders and official photos of two Samsung Galaxy smartphones - the Galaxy M11, and Galaxy M21. Later, the YTECHB team leaks information about Motorola's feature phones and Razr 3. In the last few months, our team shared Galaxy S24 Ultra leaks and more. You may come across his work getting mentioned in The Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, NDTV, TechRadar, Digital Trends, Yahoo News, GSMArena, Android Authority, Android Central, Android Headlines, SamMobile, XDA, 9to5Google, and many other publications. He works across news, updates, features, guides, and more. If YTECHB writes about it, you can expect him to be involved in some way.

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