iOS Today with Mikah Sargent and Rosemary Orchard

Jun 13th 2024

iOS Today 707

iOS 18 Core Features

The Game-Changing Features You Need to Know

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Category: Reviews

Mikah Sargent and Rosemary Orchard dive deep into the core features of the highly anticipated iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, fresh off the heels of Apple's WWDC keynote. The duo explores the major changes and improvements users can expect, from the redesigned Messages and Photos apps to the enhanced customization options for the home screen and Control Center. Rosemary also shares her insights on the upcoming changes to the Shortcuts app in the Shortcuts Corner segment.

iOS 18 and iPadOS 18:

  • Messages app improvements: scheduled messages, text formatting, animated effects, and RCS support
  • Phone app updates: T9 search and the ability to record and transcribe calls
  • Home screen customization: large icons, free placement of apps, and tinted icons
  • Control Center enhancements: widget-like functionality and customizable pages
  • Photos app redesign: new carousel view, collections, memories, and AI-powered features
  • Mail app updates: categorization, grouping emails, and design changes (coming later)
  • Siri improvements: seamless switching between typing and talking, and enhanced understanding
  • Privacy and security updates: limiting app access to contacts, local networks, and Bluetooth devices
  • Minor updates to the Health, Fitness, Reminders, and Calendar apps

Shortcuts Corner:

  • App Intents: the magic behind Shortcuts, driving many of the new features
  • Redesigned Shortcuts app UI: improved organization and faster loading times
  • Enhanced scripting actions: checking device type and adding multiple conditions to an "if" action
  • Shortcuts in Control Center and on the lock screen for quick access
  • Simplified Home app actions for controlling accessories
  • New Reminders actions: opening specific lists, pinning/unpinning lists
  • Books app actions: navigating pages, opening specific views, and controlling page scrolling

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