Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Exciting new features and AI debut at WWDC in iOS 18

Published Jun 10th, 2024 1:17PM EDT
iOS 18
Image: Apple Inc.

If you buy through a BGR link, we may earn an affiliate commission, helping support our expert product labs.

After the visionOS 2.0 announcement, Apple has now revealed iOS 18, iPhone’s upcoming operating system update.

With iOS 18, Apple added a big Home Screen redesign, where you can arrange apps the way you want, add specific colors for your apps, or add a dark mode. Follow along for the newest features:

Image source: Apple Inc.
  • Control gallery: Apple is making the Control Center more accessible by adding even more options. It’s possible to resize widgets, reorganize them, and more.
  • Lock Screen widgets: Apple will finally let you choose other widgets than Camera and Flashlight
  • Action Button: Users can choose a Control Center widget
  • Lock App: Apple will let users lock apps with Face ID; it’s possible to lock searches, notifications, and more
  • Hide an app: There’s a new hidden App Library fold where you can put some apps and lock them behind Face ID

For Messages on iOS 18, Apple has several new features, such as:

iOS 18 new Messages featuresImage source: Apple Inc
  • Tapbacks: Tapbacks have been remade, and you can now react with any emoji or sticker
  • Scheduling messages: You can now schedule messages to send later
  • Customize Messages: Add italic, underline, or strike to your messages
  • Text effects: There are new effects that you can use for your messages, highlighting specific parts of the message and more
  • iMessage via Satellite: You can send iMessage through Satellite when you don’t have an LTE/5G connection
  • RCS: Apple says RCS Messaging Support is coming later this year

For Mail, Apple is focusing on a major iOS 18 change:

  • On-device categorization: Offers different categories to sort your mail. It will be available later this year.
iOS 18Image source: Apple Inc.

Apple is also adding new features for Apple Maps, Wallet, and more:

  • Turn-by-turn voice guidance for Apple Maps
  • Tap to Cash: A quick and private way to share Apple Cash by holding two phones together
  • Journal update: Insights under Journal, searches to find entries, and the ability to log your state of mind.
  • iOS 18 is also adding a new Game Mode so users can focus on the gaming experience.

For Photos, Apple is adding its biggest redesign ever.

  • Collections: Apple is adding a new Collections mode so you can have new collages for your day.
  • New Carrousel feature
  • Filter out screenshots
  • New Trips sections

BGR will keep adding the latest iOS 18 features as we learn more about them.

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.