Apple's WWDC 2024: Apple Intelligence, iOS 18, Siri 2.0, and Other Key Highlights and Announcements

Apple's WWDC 2024: Apple Intelligence, iOS 18, Siri 2.0, and Other Key Highlights and Announcements

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) took place yesterday, June 10, 2024, and it was packed with exciting announcements for developers and consumers alike. Held virtually, the event showcased Apple's latest software innovations and updates across its product lineup. Here are the key highlights from WWDC 2024.

Apple Intelligence

Apple has introduced Apple Intelligence, a suite of AI-powered features set to enhance its devices later this year. Announced at WWDC 2024, these tools include AI-assisted writing, image editing, and organization capabilities.

Initially, Apple Intelligence will be available on a limited range of devices, specifically the iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and any Mac or iPad with Apple's M series chips. Older devices will not support these features.

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Key highlights of Apple Intelligence include:

  • Writing Suggestions from ChatGT: Integrated into apps like Mail, providing tone and document formatting advice.
  • Image Editing: Includes creating custom emojis and generating graphics from prompts via the Image Playground.
  • Photo Editing: Features a Magic Eraser-like tool to remove background objects and a function to compile photos and videos into stories based on user prompts.

Most AI processing will occur on the devices themselves, with some tasks offloaded to secure Apple services. Apple assures that it will not see or store any data related to these activities, maintaining user privacy.

iOS 18: Enhanced User Experience

Apple introduced iOS 18, the next major update for iPhone users. This update brings several new features:

  • Interactive Widgets: Widgets are now more interactive, allowing users to perform actions directly from the home screen.
  • Enhanced Siri: Siri 2.0 received a major AI-powered upgrade with improved natural language understanding and the ability to handle more complex tasks.
  • Health App Improvements: The Health app now includes mental health tracking, sleep insights, and new workout modes.
  • AI-Powered Personalization: iOS 18 uses machine learning to personalize app suggestions, notifications, and even keyboard predictions based on user habits.
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macOS 15 Sequoia

macOS 15, named Sequoia, focuses on productivity enhancements and seamless integration with other Apple devices:

  • iPhone Mirroring: This feature allows users to access their iPhones directly from their Mac, enhancing convenience and connectivity.
  • Image Playground: A new image generator that simplifies creating and sending images in messages and emails.
  • Enhanced Notes App: Improvements to the Notes app make it easier to take quick and concise notes, boosting productivity.

How to watch WWDC 2024 

The keynote was streamed online, but you can rewatch it on Apple's event page or YouTube channel.