iOS 18 – Major Leaks: Siri 2.0 Is Actually Happening!

iOS 18: The AI-Powered Revolution

By Chris Smith - Senior Editor
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We are just over a week away from seeing iOS 18 officially unveiled by Apple. We just got a bombshell report that pretty much confirms that Siri 2.0 is coming in iOS 18. So in this article, we’re going to discuss the latest rumored iOS 18 features.

Control Center Redesign

Before we talk about Siri 2.0 and the major AI changes coming in iOS 18, we have to talk about iOS 18, potentially including a redesigned control center.

It appears Apple plans to overhaul the iPhone Control Center, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his latest Power On newsletter.

Mark Gurman said this: “A lot of people using Mac OS 15 and iOS 18 keep mentioning the revamp to settings. Obviously not a huge deal, but it’s getting a new UI with a reorganized cleaner layout. That’s more simple to navigate. It also has much improved search, and there’s also updates to the control center.” MacRumors chimed in and they also said that they are hearing that a redesigned control center is being tested for iOS 18, but they cannot confirm if the changes have been finalized.

That’s welcome news considering the Control Center has received few updates over the years. This quick settings panel lets you access frequently used settings and home devices by sliding down from the top right corner of the best iPhones. Introduced back in iOS 7, the Control Center last received a big overhaul in 2017 with the iPhone X when Apple condensed it from a three-page set of quick-access controls into a single view. That same update added customization options, a shortcut to the Notes app, and more.

Messages Application

We also just got news that the messages application might include new text effects, and this comes from Macrumors. They state that we’re going to see new text effects in the messages app and iOS 18, similar to the bubble or full screen effects that you can already do, but you’ll now be able to animate individual words within a message. They go on to say, our hope is that Apple will also add a bold italics and underlying formatting options alongside the text effects, but we have not confirmed that possibility.

It looks like with iOS 18, you might be able to animate specific words in a sentence and not the entire message, which will be pretty interesting. I don’t really know how that’s going to look, which is why a lot of these leaks and rumors sound so cool, but it’s not really spoiling everything because we don’t actually see how it works in practice. So it’ll be interesting to see what happens with messages, especially since we are also expecting RCS support this year.

Siri 2.0

This comes from Mark Gurman and he had a report that said Apple is planning to overhaul Siri with more advanced AI functionality that includes allowing you to control individual app functions with your voice. This new system will allow Siri to control and navigate an iPhone or iPad with more precision. That includes being able to open individual documents, moving a note to another folder, sending or deleting an email, opening a particular publication in Apple news, emailing a web link, or even asking the device for a summary of an article. All of those functionalities will apparently now be accessible through Siri, through voice commands.

Speaking of different commands, we are also hearing that Siri will finally be able to handle multiple commands at once. Here’s what Gurman said at the start: “The new Siri will handle one command at a time.” This means in iOS 18.0, most likely beta one or throughout maybe the whole beta stages. We’re not going to have multiple commands. We’ll touch on that in a moment, but basically he says that Apple plans to allow users to chain commands together. For example, they could ask Siri to summarize a recorded meeting and then text it to a colleague all in one request or an iPhone could theoretically be asked to crop a picture and then email it to a friend. That sounds like an actual assistant, something that Siri should have had for a long time now, but it looks like we will be getting that just maybe not in 18.0 the report also says a major component of the new push is a system that will use AI to automatically determine if a function should be handled on device or in the cloud.

An interesting use case for this AI is smart recaps. So this is going to be summaries of missed notifications and individual text messages, as well as of web pages, news articles, documents, notes, and other forms of media. All of that sounds amazing. And this pretty much confirms that Siri 2.0 is coming. This comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, and it’s also highly detailed, which means it’s all of this stuff has been in testing for a while now. It’s likely going to come in iOS 18, but like I mentioned, it’s probably not going to be an 18.0 because Mark Gurman also says that this will be coming in a later version of iOS 18 in 2025. So we might be seeing this in version 18.4 or 18.5 in early 2025.

To add insult to injury, you might need an iPhone 15 pro for these features to work because he said that many of the on-device AI capabilities will require an iPhone 15 pro or later to work. Macs and iPads need an M one or later chip. So after reading this, it makes me think that Apple’s iPhone 16 that’s coming up this year is going to definitely have some exclusive AI features. It seems like Apple is really trying to push people to upgrade their iPhones in order to take advantage of these AI features.

Now I’m almost 90% sure that the iPhone 16, especially the iPhone 16 pro will have several exclusive AI capabilities like functionalities that you can only get on the 16 or 16 pro.

Project Gray Matter

In addition to this report, we also heard about project gray matter, which is the code name for Apple’s AI related tools. And we have some more details from Apple insider. They said the Apple has developed a new cleanup feature for the photos app, which will allow users to remove objects from images through the use of generative AI. There’s also an internal application known as generative playground, where you can utilize Apple’s generative AI software to create and edit images. And it features iMessage integration. So this sounds like what we heard in a previous report from Mark Gurman, where we might have AI emojis, where you can basically make your own emojis and iOS 18 based on what you’re typing.

Notes application

The notes application is looking to get some major changes this year. It looks like it’s going to have in-app audio recording, audio transcription and LLM powered summarization. MacRumors states that all of those features will be available within a one single note alongside any other material that users choose to add. This means that a single note could contain a recording of an entire lecture or meeting complete with whiteboard pictures and text.

On Mac, the notes application will be able to recognize text in the form of mathematical equations and offer solutions to those equations. And it’s going to eventually support graphing expressions as well. To add onto that, there’s going to be keyboard math predictions. This is an option to auto complete mathematical equations in a similar way to how Apple currently offers predictive text or inline completions and iOS on the regular keyboard.

Conclusion

iOS 18 is shaping up to be Apple’s most significant update for iPhones in years. All of these features sound pretty incredible. And this is really just the tip of the iceberg, I believe for iOS 18. I feel like we’ve talked about so many AI features, so many Siri features. It’s kind of getting overwhelming at this point, which to me, that’s a good sign that we’re in for a great update with iOS 18, as long as you limit your expectations and don’t expect everything that we’re talking about to be in version 18.0, especially within the beta stages. Don’t expect the first version to come out on June 10th and it’s to have every single thing that we’ve been talking about, because that’s not going to happen and you will be disappointed. But I do hope to see a lot of the features that are inside of the applications come in 18.0 and not in a 2025 version of iOS 18. But it’ll be interesting to see, let me know what you guys think about all of these AI features. I will have a lot more coverage on iOS 18 as the weeks and months go on.

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Chris Smith is a senior editor at GeeksChalk based in Canada. He likes to think of himself as a jack of all trades (and a master of at least a few), though he mainly focuses on iPhones and Macs. Often covering both at the same time. When not surrounded by various Apple devices while putting them through their paces, Chris can be found streaming the latest movies or series, gaming on his PS5, or getting fresh air on a hike in the beautiful wilderness of British Columbia.
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