Apple could add AI-powered emoji generation and app icon customization with iOS 18: report

Apple is reportedly planning some major new features for the iPhone with the iOS 18 update. The Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to unveil the new operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2024 event, scheduled for June 10. A new report now claims that the company could introduce custom emojis powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that appear depending on what the user is texting. Users can also get an app icon customization feature that will allow them to change the color of app icons as they want.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter, Apple will introduce multiple new features for the iPhone with iOS 18. While many of these features could take advantage of AI, some of them would also add more customization to the existing interface. As for the AI ​​feature, Gurman says custom emojis could be introduced at WWDC 24.

iOS 18 will supposedly get custom emojis powered by AI

AI features have become a big talking point for Apple. It was previously reported that the company would add AI-powered conversation skills to Siri. Now, Gurman says iPhone users will also see AI features when they type text in a messaging app. iOS 18 could introduce AI-powered custom emojis, which would be outside of the existing emoji library that users get.

Explaining how the feature could work, the report claims that custom emojis can be created automatically based on what the user types. For example, if a user types “Happy Diwali,” the AI ​​could understand the text and suggest a unique emoji related to the Indian festival. The report does not mention whether there will be guidelines to prevent people from abusing the feature and generating obscene emojis.

iOS 18 is said to introduce app icon customization

The iPhone’s home screen will also reportedly receive a big update. Apple could ditch the standard grid for apps that’s been around since the first iPhone and allow users to place app icons wherever they want. Additionally, users may also be able to change the color of app icons.

The latter could help group similar applications. For example, all social media apps can be changed to the same color for easy identification. The ability to place icons anywhere will also allow users to bring out their creativity and configure icons according to their preferences. These and more could be in store for the iPhone on June 10, when Apple officially unveils iOS 18.

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