What are the new iOS 18 features?

Apple just unveiled its highly anticipated iOS 18 update, packed with new and unique AI features. This fall’s major iPhone update is filled with features that Apple users have wanted for years. And they will tempt anyone to install the preview beta.

Exciting new iOS 18 features coming to your iPhone

From fun Messages updates that will have your group chat laughing to a redesigned Photos app that might puzzle some users before they get the hang of it, iOS 18 seems like a major upgrade. With that in mind, we have outlined the biggest features coming to the iPhone this fall, so you’ll be prepared when the update arrives.

A fresh take on Messages

Messaging with Android users is just one of the new iOS 18 features that enhances the Messages app. Apple has improved the Tapback icons that your friends and family love to use in two ways. First, the default Tapbacks get a makeover with color and shadowing, and now you can use any emoji as a Tapback. You’ll also have new formatting options to make the text in your messages ripple, jitter, shake, and bloom, among other effects.

Schedule Messages with ‘send later’

Whether it’s too late at night or too important to forget, you can now schedule a message to be sent at a specified time.

Messaging via satellite

Apple is expanding the iPhone’s capabilities to include messaging via satellite, ensuring you stay connected even when you’re without Wi-Fi or cellular service.

RCS coming to iOS 18

Apple has confirmed that RCS (Rich Communication Services) is coming to Messages with iOS 18. This means higher-quality image and video sharing with Android devices. Along with support for features like delivery and read receipts, even for those who don’t use iMessage.

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New iOS 18 features include big changes for the Photos App

Get ready for a major overhaul of the Photos app with iOS 18’s new feature. The familiar tab-based layout is being replaced with a single view. Now, you’ll start with a grid of photos at the top, above collections that organize your images. These collections group photos taken on specific days, such as today and yesterday, and include a section for People & Pets. You can even pin your favorite photos below this collection.

Featured photos

Curious about where all those moments and highlights went? Simply swipe horizontally on the grid at the top to access your favorites and featured photos.

Filter screenshots quickly

Another welcome change in iOS 18 is the ability to filter out screenshots. With a quick tap of the “Hide screenshots” button, you can remove ticket stubs and recipes from view, allowing you to focus solely on your cherished memories.

New iOS 18 features give more control of iPhone’s App icons

You can now drag and drop your favorite apps around your home screen to your liking, and even leave blank spaces. This feature, long enjoyed by Android users, lets you place app icons at the bottom of the screen for easier access. It also allows you to keep your home screen clear of clutter, so the pets, people, and places you love aren’t overshadowed by apps like Mail, Spotify, and Safari.

App icons will get dimmer in dark mode

App icons and widgets are getting a sleeker appearance with a new Dark mode look. You can tint them with any color, or let iOS suggest a color that complements your wallpaper. Additionally, you can make apps and widgets appear larger for easier access. In Dark mode, app icons will become dimmer, enhancing the overall aesthetic of your home screen.

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Get more control over your phone’s Control Center

The Control Center, accessible by swiping down from the top-right corner of your iPhone, offers quick access to essential settings like brightness, volume, and Airplane mode. It’s incredibly handy, especially when you’re about to start watching a movie. Now, in iOS 18, the Control Center won’t just be limited to Apple apps. Third-party apps will also be allowed to integrate their controls through this new iOS 18 feature. For example, Ford’s app aims to simplify phone usage and possibly even car access, making it more convenient for users.

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More privacy for your apps

Ever felt uneasy handing your phone to someone else just to show them something? Apple has addressed this concern by allowing you to lock specific apps behind Face ID. Information from these apps won’t appear in notifications, search results, or Siri suggestions until you unlock them with your face, ensuring your privacy is maintained.

Apple’s newest app stores your passwords

The iPhone, along with the iPad, Mac, and Vision Pro, is getting a new Apple-made Passwords app. While Apple has managed your passwords for some time, this new app offers a more polished solution. It not only flags passwords that have leaked in data breaches or are easily guessed. But also supports verification codes, Wi-Fi network passwords, and passkeys, the new password-free alternative.

Easier to manage Mail app

The iPhone’s stock Mail app is becoming easier to manage with new sorting features. It will now categorize emails into Primary, Transactions, Updates, and Promotions, similar to Gmail’s Primary, Promotions, and Social tabs. Additionally, Apple will group messages from the same sender into “digests.” These options make it simpler to find all related emails, such as updates about a flight you’ve booked.

However, these new features might not be available immediately with the launch of iOS 18. Additionally, Apple notes in its preview that they are “Coming later this year.”