Apple's First AI Features in iOS 18 Reportedly Won't Use Cloud Servers

Apple's first set of new AI features planned for iOS 18 will not rely on cloud servers at all, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

iOS 18 Siri Integrated Feature
"As the world awaits Apple's big AI unveiling on June 10, it looks like the initial wave of features will work entirely on device," said Gurman, in the Q&A section of his Power On newsletter today. "That means there's no cloud processing component to the company's large language model, the software that powers the new capabilities."

Apple will probably still offer some cloud-based AI features powered by Google's Gemini or another provider, according to Gurman. Apple has reportedly held discussions with companies such as Google, OpenAI, and China's Baidu about potential generative AI partnerships. iOS 18 is not expected to include Apple's own ChatGPT-like chatbot, but it is unclear if Gemini or other chatbot will be directly integrated into iOS 18.

It is possible that Apple could offer some of its own cloud-based generative AI features in the future, as Apple supply chain analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo and Jeff Pu have said that the company is actively purchasing AI servers.

iOS 18 is rumored to have new generative AI features for the iPhone's Spotlight search tool, Siri, Safari, Shortcuts, Apple Music, Messages, Health, Numbers, Pages, Keynote, and more. Gurman previously reported that generative AI will improve Siri's ability to answer more complex questions, and allow the Messages app to auto-complete sentences.

Apple is expected to unveil iOS 18 and other software updates at its annual developers conference WWDC, which runs from June 10 through June 14.

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Top Rated Comments

SW3029 Avatar
6 weeks ago
Honestly I'm over the generative AI hype train.

I want my photos to actually capture reality. I have no interest in putting fake expressions on people's faces or moving them around in the image or adding or removing things from the image.

If I need AI to write my texts or emails I clearly have nothing to say.
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vegetassj4 Avatar
6 weeks ago
Hey AI, [S]Siri 1.2 [/S]remove redeye from my picture and crop.

[S]Siri 1.2[/S] AI: I found this on the web
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zc456 Avatar
6 weeks ago

it looks like the initial wave of features will work entirely on device
Some decent AI news for once.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Icelus Avatar
6 weeks ago

As the world awaits Apple's big AI unveiling on June 10
We call it iAI.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Surf Monkey Avatar
6 weeks ago

Its become a huge issue... AI is more disruptive than you think

It affects everything... and all companies are diving head first into it because its become the next big thing

Already schools and universities are detecting its use in projects and other assignments... people are using it instead of doing real research (they rely on the AI to find things).

Images, videos and sound are being modified or just generated from scratch using AI

AI is helping people do their jobs, sometimes without the employers knowledge.

AI is helping people apply for jobs!

I think AI has a place... but companies and people really have to think about what they are doing... there is a huge ethical aspect they are just not looking at. As always, in moderation it's fine... but all I see is everyone eating as much AI cake as they can. Its everywhere... and I actually find it off-putting.

Apple used to avoid the term AI... but now seem happy to shout it out.
Looks like a rote repetition of the hype cycle around AI. But the reality is pretty removed from that. So-called generative AI is still relatively new and is already bumping up against copyright law. Meanwhile it’s in the process of eating itself as these models scrape AI content to train AI to make more AI content.

This idea that AI is going to “revolutionize everything” is completely misguided. Generative AI doesn’t create anything. It just cluges together pre-existing content and smears it into a generic mess that gets less and less accurate and relevant as the system eats itself.

AI exploits actual human creativity without compensating creators in order to output sub-par content. It is not sustainable. It’s basically NFT 2.0.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shadowboi Avatar
6 weeks ago

What do you use SIrI for if your have no internet? If you say find jpegs it's not going to do a spotlight search of your local storage. How many commands and interpretation could be stored locally? If you are fact-finding it usually goes to web services for results. Same for calculations.
I think it would have been cool if they intergated some “basic knowledge” into it, I mean some information that is stored on main storage and can be further downloaded with Internet. For example if I ask “Siri, who was the president of the US in 1994” I would get instant answer with basic biography even without Internet. Considering it is text information I don’t think it would require much storage.

It would have been ideal for students and teachers. I do understand they all have Internet now, but considering how our world is changing and that we are literally on the edge of WWIII, this would be very handy for everyone in every corner of the world. I think this is exactly what Apple is aiming for, maybe kinda of Intelligent offline Wikipedia
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)