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Siri’s ready for an AI upgrade [The CultCast]

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When will Siri get that long-overdue brain transplant?
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: With the many AI-powered features reportedly coming in iOS 18, a Siri revamp sounds possible — and promising! We talk about OpenAI’s startlingly good GPT-4o demos and wonder if Siri will ever amaze us like that.

Also on The CultCast:

  • Who will be Apple’s next CEO? Cupertino reportedly has a couple familiar faces on its short list.
  • New features in iOS 17.5 are … OK. However, some of the accessibility features coming later this year — including Vision Pro-style eye tracking for iPhone — look pretty incredible.
  • Those rumors of future folding iPhones just won’t stop.

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video live stream, embedded below.

Apple preps AI-focused data centers with servers running on its own chips

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Some Apple AI tasks might be handled at data centers similar to this one.
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Some Apple artificial intelligence services reportedly will depend on data centers with servers running on the company’s own processors. Less-demanding AI functions will run locally, on users’ own computers.

This is all apparently part of bringing more AI features to iPhone, Mac, iPad, etc., in the coming months.

iOS 18 might revamp many built-in iPhone apps

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iOS 18 could bring some big upgrades to Notes, Mail, Photos, and Fitness.
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Apple could upgrade many of iPhone’s built-in apps with iOS 18 later this year. Reportedly, this includes Notes, Mail, Photos, and Fitness.

However, there’s no word on how Apple will improve these core iPhone apps and what features to expect.

What will Apple ‘Let Loose’ at its May 7 event? [The CultCast]

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We've got an iPad event coming in hot!
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: The surprise Apple event on May 7 looks like an iPad and Apple Pencil extravaganza. What’s on Cupertino’s agenda? We discuss all the latest iPad rumors.

Also on The CultCast:

  • Apple might finally fix one of the iPad’s most glaring omissions. Can you say iPad calculator app?
  • iOS 18’s big push into artificial intelligence leaves some of us hopeful and others of us skeptical. Same goes for the iPhone 16’s rumored move away from physical buttons.
  • Some new Apple Watch Series X concept art gets our hearts pounding. (Better check that ECG!)
  • Plus, an instant tangent where we hear all about Erfon’s failed attempt at buying his dream camera.

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Apple restarts talks with OpenAI for iOS 18 AI features

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Apple might partner with both Google and OpenAI for iOS 18's AI features.
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Apple has reportedly resumed talks with OpenAI about using its technology to power iOS 18’s AI features. The company will use OpenAI’s LLM model to seemingly power an AI-based chatbot.

OpenAI and Apple are also discussing how they can integrate OpenAI features into iOS 18.

iOS 18 AI features could run entirely on-device

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Apple could run iOS 18's AI features on-device on the iPhone.
Concept: Kevin Kall

Apple’s large language model that will power iOS 18’s AI features could run entirely locally. This would prioritize user privacy and offer faster response times.

However, running AI features on-device will have downsides, as they might not be as powerful as on some Android phones.

WWDC24 is the name, and Apple AI is the game! [The CultCast]

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We have a date for WWDC24, and we know what's on the agenda!
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Now that Apple set a date for WWDC24, it’s time for the speculation to begin. Artificial intelligence undoubtedly will be on the agenda. But what will Apple’s AI push look like?

Join us for a whirlwind discussion.

Also on The CultCast:

  • Sounds like iOS 18 will give iPhone owners even more control over their Home Screens.
  • A flaw in Apple’s M-series processors sounds downright disturbing.
  • Apple’s got a trick up its sleeve to keep you from annoying iPhone upgrades.
  • And the Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple makes some truly ludicrous claims.

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Apple Maps might gain customizable routes, topographic maps in iOS 18

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Useful new features are reportedly coming to Apple Maps in iOS 18.
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Apple Maps could receive a pair of big updates this year: “Custom routes” and topographic maps. A developer from Argentina spotted the two new features recently in Apple code, saying they could arrive in iOS 18 and macOS 15.

If true, the changes will make Apple’s navigation application more useful for both drivers and hikers.

Apple sets WWDC24 kickoff date for June 10

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It's official! Put June 10 to 14 in your calendar for WWDC24.
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WWDC24, this year’s big Apple developer conference, will start with a live-streamed event on June 10, the company said Tuesday. During the keynote, Apple undoubtedly will reveal its plans for iOS and its other computing platforms, with a rumored focus on AI.

After the keynote, set to stream for free at 10 a.m. Pacific on June 10, the rest of the week will be filled with prerecorded online sessions that will help developers implement the new features and APIs in their apps.

The conference will take the same format of the mixed online/in-person event Apple utilized the last two years.

iOS 18 could introduce more customizable iPhone Home Screen

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iOS 18 could finally let you create a blank Home Screen row.
Concept: Kevin Kall

Apple will allow for greater iPhone Home Screen customization in iOS 18, including the ability to place app icons anywhere on the screen, according to a new report.

iPhone owners also supposedly will gain the flexibility to create blank rows and columns, though the icons will still snap to a grid.

iOS 18’s generative AI features might use Google Gemini

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Google could power many of iOS 18's AI features.
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Apple could use Google Gemini to power the generative AI features reportedly coming this year in iOS 18. Apple and Google are reportedly in “active negotiations” about the possibility, but have not yet finalized a deal. If it happens, it would be the first time in years that the two tech giants have collaborated so closely.

Apple also held talks with OpenAI and considered using ChatGPT, according to Bloomberg’s report.

iOS 18 could bring hearing aid functionality to AirPods Pro

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iOS 18 could bring hearing aid functionality to AirPods Pro
Conversation Boost in current AirPods Pro acts like a hearing aid but Apple reportedly wants to go farther.
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AirPods Pro might be able to act more like a hearing aid with the release of iOS 18, according to an Apple tipster.

The additional audio function would benefit those with slight hearing loss who aren’t ready for more serious hearing assistance.

Cool concept video shows possible iOS 18 generative AI features

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Generative AI features will almost certainly be the centerpiece of iOS 18.
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New generative AI features are expected to be a highlight of iOS 18, and a skilled artist created a concept video that presents an early look at how they might work.

The video also shows other suggested upgrades, like bringing Split View — Apple’s multitasking feature that lets two apps appear side by side on iPad (and Mac) — to the iPhone.

Xcode could soon gain generative AI tools to write code and test apps

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Xcode could use generative AI to help you write code.
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Apple is reportedly working on a major Xcode update with artificial integration. This functionality will apparently emulate Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot, generating code based on text input.

Work on the tool has been ongoing since last year, and its testing is now expanding internally inside Apple.

Upgraded iPhone 16 Neural Engine could power iOS 18 generative AI features

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Apple's next mobile SoC should bring a big boost in AI and ML performance.
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Apple’s next-gen A18 and M4 SoCs will reportedly feature an upgraded Neural Engine with a lot more cores. The additional horsepower in the A18 chip should help the iPhone 16 deliver better performance in AI/ML tasks.

The powerful Neural Engine should help power the generative AI features rumored to debut in iOS 18.

Tim Cook: Apple’s AI revolution is coming later this year [Updated]

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AI-upgrades could make iOS 18 among the biggest OS releases ever.
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CEO Tim Cook teased Apple’s upcoming AI features during the company’s Q1 2024 earnings call Thursday, saying the company’s efforts will start to bear fruit later this year. It is rare for an Apple executive to provide even hints of the company’s future plans, but Cupertino has something to prove when it comes to artificial intelligence.

Google, Microsoft and other tech giants have invested heavily in AI, while Apple has little to show. However, the release of iOS 18 later in 2024 could change this. Cook says he’s “incredibly excited” about what’s to come.

These are the only two M3 MacBook Pros you should buy [The CultCast]

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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Erfon breaks down the specs/performance of Apple’s recently released MacBook Pro lineup, and he’s convinced there are only two models any sane person would buy. Listen to found out which models make the grade!

Also on The CultCast:

  • Apple reportedly slammed the breaks on the development of next year’s iPhone and Mac operating systems to concentrate on busting bugs. But was the pause really that big of a deal?
  • Elgato made a simple, smart change to its USB-C cables — and every manufacturer should follow suit.
  • An intriguing rumor indicates Apple might have a battery breakthrough in the works.

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