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iOS 18 delayed features: 10 iPhone upgrades that won’t be ready in September

Published Jun 13th, 2024 3:38PM EDT
iOS 18 delayed features
Image: Apple Inc.

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iOS 18 was previewed during the WWDC 2024 keynote early in June. The huge update’s release date is expected to coincide with the iPhone 16 announcement in September. But not every announced feature will come with version 18.0, as some might be delayed until iOS 18.1, 18.2, or even later.

That said, these are 10 upcoming iOS 18 delayed features that won’t be available when the update is first released this fall.

An all-new Mail experience: Later this year, Maill will get a redesign with on-device categorization to organize your messages and help you stay up to date across all your accounts. Apple explains that the Primary category includes your most essential emails and the rest of your messages will be organized into new categories like Transactions, Promotions, and Updates.

Robot vacuum cleaner support: One of the iOS 18 delayed features is the Home app’s support for robot vacuum cleaners. Once available, users will be able to ask them to enter clean mode and power on/off, among other requests.

View your home electricity use: Another delayed Home app feature is the ability to see your home electricity usage. California’s eligible Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers will be the first to try this function.

Redesigned Mail app is one of iOS 18's delayed featuresImage source: Apple Inc.

Apple also says its upcoming Apple Intelligence project will come in beta later this fall, with some features, devices, and additional languages being added “in the course of next year.” That said, these are some of the functions that, even launching in beta, will have its official release delayed for a later date:

  • Writing Tools: Users can rewrite, proofread, and summarize text nearly everywhere they write, including Mail, Notes, Pages, and third-party apps;
  • Image Playground: Users can create playful images in seconds, choosing from Animation, Illustration, or Sketch. This app is built right into apps like Messages and is also available in a dedicated app;
  • Memories in Photos: Users can create stories they want to see just by typing a description. Apple Intelligence will pick out the best photos and videos based on the description, craft a storyline with chapters based on themes identified from the photos, and arrange them into a movie with its own narrative arc;
  • Clean Up tool: This Photos app feature can identify and remove distracting objects in the background of a photo without accidentally altering the subject;
  • Siri: Users type to Siri and switch between text and voice to communicate with Siri in whatever way feels right for the moment.
  • On-device intelligence: Siri will understand context from Apple’s built-in apps, so you’ll be able to ask them about a podcast someone messaged you some days ago or remind you not to schedule two appointments at the same time;
  • ChatGPT integration: When you feel Apple Intelligence isn’t enough, you can allow ChatGPT to access Writing Tools and other features for a better response.

Wrap up

So far, we know about these iOS 18 delayed features. We’ll keep updating this article as the beta cycle advances. Below, you can learn more about the iPhone’s upcoming operating system update.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.