WWDC 2024 Thread: The iPhone

I promised, and I delivered. In my previous article about the iPad calculator, I mentioned that I’d write an article about the WWDC, but then I decided to split them into multiple articles, better right? Anyways, Apple just dropped the bombshell we’ve all been waiting for: iOS 18. This isn’t just a fresh coat of paint, folks; it’s a full-on iPhone makeover. But before we dive into the juicy details, let’s just acknowledge the elephant in the room: some of these “new” features might look a tad familiar to our Android-loving friends.

New Tricks for an Old Dog

The biggest buzz is around the customisable home screen. Yep, you heard that right. You can now move app icons wherever you want on your iPhone, not just in that rigid grid we’ve been stuck with forever. And get this – you can even change the look of icons and widgets with fancy new themes. It’s like Apple finally decided to let us decorate our digital living rooms. Now this is where a vital question springs up. For as long as I can remember, Apple fanboys have been yapping about how customisation doesn’t matter… Why? Well maybe because a certain rival had it way before so just to try to run away from the fact that Android phones had better customisation options, they claimed that customisation is for people who don’t like their phones’ UIs and what not. Now that we have a customisable iPhone homescreen, let’s see what they’re gonna be saying. Oh and we don’t wanna here the “Apple did it better” line this time 😹.

I might have broken character back there :(, but oh well. Like I said, and something that most of you are thinking: “Didn’t Android do this, like, a decade ago?” Well, yes. Yes, they did. In fact, Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), released back in 2011, already had this feature. But well It’s kind of funny how things come full circle, isn’t it?

But hey, I’m not here to start a fanboy war. At the end of the day, both iOS and Android are great operating systems with their own strengths and weaknesses. And who knows, maybe Apple’s implementation might even be as good as we’ve seen on it’s Android counterparts.

Apple Intelligence

But wait, there’s more! iOS 18 also introduces “Apple Intelligence,” a suite of AI-powered features that promise to make the iPhone even smarter. We’re talking about stuff like:

  • Writing Tools: Need help crafting the perfect email or essay? Apple Intelligence has your back with AI-powered suggestions and summaries. And yes, this is also available on Android, at a price though, so it’s a W for Apple.
  • Image Generation: Want a unique emoji that looks just like you? No problem! Apple Intelligence can even conjure up images from your wildest descriptions.
  • Photo Editing Magic: Accidentally captured your ex in the background of a group photo? Apple Intelligence can magically erase them (take that, unwanted memories!). Should I talk about the one that we’ve had, maybe not.
  • Smart Notifications: Tired of being bombarded with pointless alerts? Apple Intelligence learns your habits and only shows you the notifications that truly matter. Again another win for Apple users 🙂

The Verdict

So, is iOS 18 worth the hype? Well, if you’re an iPhone user who’s been craving more personalization and AI-powered goodies, then absolutely. This update is a game-changer. But if you’re already happy with your current setup, there’s no rush.

And like I said at the beginning of this article, there are more articles about the WWDC coming. In the meantime, let me know what you think of iOS 18 in the comments below!

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