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iOS 18 leak reveals major AI enhancements for Mail app

Published Jun 6th, 2024 9:38AM EDT
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Ahead of WWDC 2024, a new iOS 18 leak reveals Apple’s big plans for the Mail app by adding major AI enhancements. People familiar with the matter told AppleInsider that pre-release versions of iOS 18 included search results within the Mail with Contacts information, locations, and locally stored documents.

With that, iOS 18’s Mail app would take advantage of Apple’s on-device Ajax LLM for search results, which could bring “Smart Replies” to emails generated by Apple’s AI software. This new Smart Replies feature will “streamline email communication and save knowledgeable users a significant amount of time,” according to the report.

AppleInsider also reveals that iOS 18 Mail will get enhancements for email categorization. By using on-device machine learning, it will analyze the text contents of a message to identify time-sensitive emails and classify email senders into pre-defined categories:

  • Commerce
  • News
  • Other
  • Promotions
  • Social
  • Transaction

The publication says Apple could add these categories in the app’s user interface, or maybe they’ll just be used in the backend so Siri can identify different email types. Lastly, the personal assistant might be able to summarize emails and email threads in iOS 18 and macOS 15.

As previously rumored, AI changes will also come to Spotlight and Siri. Bloomberg, for example, said that Apple is working on Spotlight search improvements. The current version lets you look for content on the iPhone, launch apps, and perform internet searches.

Generative AI will give Spotlight new abilities on the iPhone. Apple would add large language models to Spotlight to answer more complex questions. The AI would also tie into apps, and it might let you launch specific app functions, according to Bloomberg.

On Monday, BGR will bring all the latest information from WWDC 2024. Below, you can learn 12 announcements we expect from Apple during its developer’s conference.

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.