iPhone 16 will likely get exclusive AI features in iOS 18

Tim Hardwick

Apple at WWDC 2024 will unveil a beefed-up version of Siri powered by Large Language Models (LLM) that debuts in iOS 18, but some new advanced generative AI features could be exclusive to iPhone 16 models, according to a new rumor.

Last month, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman reported that Apple was developing a large set of features using generative artificial intelligence intelligence, including a “smarter version of Siri” and new LLM-based AI features that will be built into iOS 18 and iPadOS 18.

Gurman said Apple is still in development. It is being debated whether generative AI should be limited to on-device processing, deployed through the cloud, or adopted a hybrid approach that combines both. In any case, it was not mentioned whether some AI features will require a specific hardware architecture or will be extended to all models that support iOS 18. However, according to new information independently provided by leaker @Tech_Reve, iOS 18 will bring a new The company will LLM millions of existing devices using cloud-based AI, while new on-device AI features will likely remain exclusive to iPhone 16.

As for iOS 18 features, Gurman's sources mention a revamped interaction between Siri and the Messages app that allows users to ask complex questions and auto-complete sentences more efficiently. We can also see automatically generated Apple Music playlists and integration with productivity apps like Pages and Keynote, such as AI-assisted writing and slide creation. Where this patina of AI integration translates into new hardware requirements remains to be seen.

Apple is developing new A-series chips for the iPhone 16 line, built on TSMC's latest 3nm N3E node. Of course, improvements in efficiency and productivity are expected, but there could be other benefits that will further Apple's AI intentions. Notably, TSMC is the sole manufacturer of Nvidia's powerful H100 and A100 AI processors, hardware that supports AI tools such as ChatGPT and is also used in most AI data centers.

All iPhone series models 16 are also rumored to have an additional button, the purpose of which we do not yet know. The internal versions of the iPhone 16 that Apple is working on include an additional capacitive button, known internally as the “Grip Button.”

The button is located on the same side as the power button and is a capacitive button that is capable of detecting pressure and touch, providing haptic feedback when pressed. There's no word yet on what this button could be used for, but it's possible that it could have unforeseen practical applications in the field of artificial intelligence.

Apple is reportedly set to spend $1 billion a year on artificial intelligence research intelligence. some of the company's biggest executives overseeing development, including Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Strategy John Giannandrea, and Senior Vice President of Services Eddie Cue.

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