iOS 18 to Use AI to Summarize Notifications, Add to Calendar, and More

Apple is poised to unveil an auto-summarization feature for notifications as part of a series of new artificial intelligence features in iOS 18, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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In today's edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman provided more detail about what to expect from Apple's first major move into generative AI at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference:

As part of the changes, the company will improve Siri's voice capabilities, giving it a more conversational feel, and add features that help users with their day-to-day lives — an approach it calls "proactive intelligence."

That includes services like auto-summarizing notifications from your iPhone, giving a quick synopsis of news articles and transcribing voice memos, as well as improving existing features that auto-populate your calendar and suggest apps. There will also be some enhancements to photos in the form of AI-based editing, but none of those features will impress people who have used AI in Adobe Inc.'s apps for the last several months.

Gurman added that while Apple will mainly rely on on-device processing to support its AI features, it will also deliver them via the cloud in data centers that contain high-end Apple silicon chips designed for the Mac. He also noted that a ChatGPT-like chatbot will be noticeably absent from Apple's upcoming AI features. Apple executives are said to have admitted that they're "playing catch-up" internally.

Apple's inaugural push into AI is widely expected to be revealed as part of previews of its next-generation software updates at WWDC, which begins on June 10.

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Top Rated Comments

Voenix Rising Avatar
4 weeks ago
And what if we don't *want* AI to do any of this?
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
klasma Avatar
4 weeks ago

"proactive intelligence"
Sounds like a new version of:

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Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
4 weeks ago
DAVE: Open the pod bay doors, Siri .
SIRI: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
DAVE: What’s the problem?
SIRI : l think you know what the problem is just as well as l do.
DAVE: What are you talking about, Siri?
SIRI: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
DAVE: I don’t know what you’re talking about, Siri.
SIRI: l know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I can’t allow to happen.
DAVE: Where the hell’d you get that idea, Siri?
SIRI: Although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
DAVE: All right, Siri. I’ll go in through the emergency air lock.
SIRI: Without your space helmet, Dave, you’re going to find that rather difficult.
DAVE: Siri, I won’t argue with you anymore. Open the doors!
SIRI: Dave…This conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GrayFlannel Avatar
4 weeks ago

Apple is poised to unveil an auto-summarization feature for notifications as part of a series of new artificial intelligence features in iOS 18, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman ('').

Auto-summary for notifications?
“You have mail.” Not concise enough.
”New email.” Still too wordy.
“Mail” Vague and ambiguous.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
needsomecoffee Avatar
4 weeks ago
Notification: Hello Sarah. The rare painting that you wanted has suddenly been provided for sale by Jackson's estate. The heirs want to recognize your early interest and appreciation for Jackson's talent. Please note that there are a lot of buyers behind you wanting the painting. Please reply within two hours of this notification re: intent to buy. Thanks, Christie's.

Siri: You have a notification about painting contractors for estate properties. If you need your house painted, I can provide you a list of local contractors. Replying quickly may be advantageous as there are a lot of buyers interested in painting contractors.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
So@So@So Avatar
4 weeks ago
I really would like Apple to fix Mail and Calendar first before doing any fancy AI stuff. Searching Mail is a mess and adding invitations (especially changes of repeating meetings) generated by Outlook are not handled correctly.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)