NIX Solutions: Apple to Preview AI Features in iOS 18 and macOS 15

Apple is gearing up to introduce long-awaited AI features in iOS 18 and macOS 15. Initially, these features will be released as a “preview,” which may indicate that Apple has not had enough time to fully prepare all the planned AI capabilities for a complete release, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

NIX Solutions

Hybrid AI Integration and Privacy Concerns

In light of Google’s controversial AI Overview search results, which have begun to produce many inaccurate and even dangerous outcomes, Apple may have opted to play it safe by testing its tools in beta mode. The company has chosen a hybrid approach to AI integration, with tasks processed both locally on devices and on the company’s cloud servers. For each request, the system will determine the best place to fulfill it. Local data processing will only be available on new Apple devices, including the latest generation iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Specific AI functions will include summarizing conversations from text messages, transcribing audio notes, editing photos, automatically replying to messages, and generating emojis on the fly. Safari and Spotlight will also receive updates related to generative artificial intelligence.

However, a question arises about how Apple will explain the transition to a hybrid data processing scheme with AI after years of promoting local computing for user privacy, notes NIX Solutions. Given that the capabilities of modern neural networks require the power of large cloud servers, transferring data outside of devices is inherently less secure. While Apple’s cloud will run on its own chips to preserve privacy, this shift might raise concerns. We’ll keep you updated on how Apple addresses these issues.

New AI Features and Partnerships

iOS 18 will also integrate a chatbot based on OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The partnership may be announced personally by Sam Altman during WWDC. Additionally, a compact AI model for the Apple Watch is being developed. These new AI features mark a significant advancement for Apple, and we’ll keep you updated on their progress and impact.