Top 15 coolest launches at Apple WWDC 2024: ChatGPT integration, revamped Siri, iOS18

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is underway, with a focus on AI for better user experiences across iPhones, iPads, Macs, and potentially other devices. Let's take a look at the 15 most impressive launches from this year's WWDC.

  1. ChatGPT Integration: Apple has now integrated ChatGPT into iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and the new macOS Sequoia. Siri can now access ChatGPT for detailed responses, while seeking user consent for each conversation for data privacy. ChatGPT also assists in creating content and images through Apple's writing tools.
  2. Advanced Siri: The latest version of Siri can now help users with better language understanding and maintain context during conversations. Users can type or speak to Siri. Siri can now add addresses to contacts from Messages and even find specific articles from the Reading List.Read this also | India's EU-like antitrust law a matter of concern for technology companies
  3. VisionOS 2: The latest optimization comes with Spatial Photos in the Photos app, which lets you create 3D photos from normal pictures and add depth to an existing image using machine learning. Additionally, the updates introduce support for ultrawide virtual Mac displays, additional intuitive gestures, and travel mode on trains.
  4. iOS 18: App symbols and widgets can now be set anywhere in the framework, and app symbols and organizers also appear darker when the phone is in dim mode. All symbols can now be given a special tint color to match your wallpaper. A new Control Center update includes additional 'pages' in Control Center, allowing you to include more controls, customize them to a much greater degree, and effectively jump to the right page of controls you need.
  5. watchOS 11: The latest watchOS has several new features, one of which is that it automatically adds widgets when someone needs them. Apple is also coming up with a new Vitals app that allows users to find out important health metrics at a glance. Additionally, new features on Live Activities will allow loved ones to track you while working out.
  6. macOS Sequoia: The latest macOS will allow users to mirror iPhones to Macs, view notifications and listen to audio from the handheld device. A new Highlights feature on Safari will be able to use machine learning to pick out interesting bits from a web page someone is browsing.
  7. AirPods: AirPods can now support more signals, including gesturing to receive a call or nodding your head to talk. Voice separation on AirPods Pro removes the bass noise around you so only your voice is heard on calls and reduces unwanted noise. An advanced custom spatial audio API will also allow engineers to bring more 3D sound effects to other apps and games.
  8. Apple TV Plus: A new feature is coming to Apple TV that will allow users to see actors and their characters in a movie or television show by swiping on the remote. One can also find the song playing at a particular time and add it to a music playlist. Apart from this, Apple TV Plus will show subtitles when a show is muted and can support 21:9 ratio projectors.
  9. New Calculator for iPad: Calculator is coming to the iPad, more than a decade after it first appeared. There's a Math Notes feature that lets Pencil users write equations on the iPad and have the app solve them. Apple is also launching Smart Scripts that use machine learning to improve handwriting and spell-check on the go when a user is writing notes.Read this also | Elon Musk uses iconic Indian meme to take a dig at Apple-OpenAI deal
  10. Mail and Messages: iMessage can now schedule texts and offers additional support for SMS messaging via satellite without a mobile signal. The company is also introducing a tap-back option that allows users to bold, underline, and italicize text. Priority messaging in Mail: Using this feature, users can now highlight important emails at the top of the inbox. Users can preview a summary instead of the first few lines, making it easier to handle long threads. Smart Reply offers quick response suggestions, ensuring comprehensive replies.
  11. Password: The new Passwords app will allow users to track login details across different devices. This app allows you to create and store passwords just like other password manager apps. These will be available on all operating systems that Apple offers in its device universe as well as on Windows.
  12. Audio transcription and summary: This feature will help users record, transcribe, and summarize audio in the Notes and Phone apps. Notifications alert participants when recording begins, and summaries are generated after the call, helping to remember information.
  13. Private Cloud Computing: This feature will help users with complex requests for privacy by processing data on the device or through private cloud compute. This technology enhances computational capacity, and independent experts can inspect the code on Apple's servers, providing transparency and trust.
  14. Image Playground and Zenmoji: Apple is also introducing a new AI feature that will help users create images in animation, illustration or sketch style. Integrated into apps like Messages, it also exists as a standalone app. Personalized suggestions make image creation quick and relevant. The Zenmoji feature allows users to create custom emojis by typing descriptions. These can represent friends and family based on photos and can be used as stickers or reactions in Messages, improving communication.
  15. Advanced Photo Search: Apple now lets its users have seamless photo and video search with natural language queries. Users can pinpoint specific moments in a video. The Clean Up tool removes distracting objects from photos, improving image quality without changing the subject. The Memories feature helps users create storylines from their media, create movies with a narrative arc, and match music suggestions.Read this also | Meet Akshat Srivastava: The 22-year-old developer from Varanasi who impressed Apple's Tim Cook
People watch WWDC presentations at Apple Park during Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WDC) in Cupertino, California, on June 10, 2024. (AFP)
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