According to the latest information published by Bloomberg editor Mark Gurman, iOS 18 will be an unusually major update for the iPhone. This is because Apple is expected to catch up with Google when it comes to using AI-driven features. Within the company, Apple management is said to describe iOS 18 as “ambitious” and “groundbreaking”.
Gurman wouldn’t give any specific details about iOS 18, other than to say that Apple is reportedly overhauling the design and improving the operating system’s performance and security. Bug fixes are also a priority, with Apple recently suspending new feature development for about a week to fix certain bugs. According to the Bloomberg report, this relatively major iOS update is especially important for Apple, as the iPhone 16 series will not receive any significant upgrades. According to rumors, the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will have at least slightly larger screens and a 48 MP ultra-wide-angle camera.
Gurman also confirmed rumors about App Store alternatives. Thanks to the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, European iPhone users should have access to third-party app stores as early as the first half of 2024. However, this won’t make sideloading on iOS as easy as it is on Android – Apple is said to be developing a “strictly contained system” that will allow apps to be installed from sources outside the App Store under certain conditions. iMessages and contactless payments will also be opened up more widely than before to third-party providers.