iOS 18 Will Be Huge

-the rumors every year

Good morning and happy February! ☀️

We have a LOT to cover in the first issue of 2024 (I know, I know). Apple Vision Pro, new Apple products, controversial software changes, iOS 18, and more.

On the Menu Today:

📊 Poll

In the last poll, I asked: Do you wear an Apple Watch daily..

Here are some of my favorite replies:

Yes - “It has become a crucial part of my life, I feel naked without it. It’s just so nice to be able to check things at a glance and not have to keep pulling my phone out of my pocket, especially for things like when you are out to dinner or in a meeting.”

No - “I find the buzzing annoying, mostly, nowadays. I don't like to see the same notification on four separate screens. I don't rely on the health fitness tracking data except as a novelty. Have had one in rotation since the original one came out but loving old-school automatic wristwatches and the anachronism between them and the world today.”

This week: Do you think iOS needs a full redesign?

Does iOS need a redesign?

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😎 Favorites of the Week

  1. My New Favorite Web Browser
    I’m a die-hard Safari user, but I instantly fell in love with the new Arc Search browser. It gives you a fully ad-free browsing experience, uses AI for many things, cleans up tabs for you, and much more.

  2. Apps Built for Vision Pro
    There’s a new website dedicated to showing all Vision Pro apps. Alternatively, Appfigures compiled a list of every app built for the Vision Pro.

  3. Podcast Transcripts & SDP Enhancement
    iOS 17.4 Beta 1 adds auto-generated transcripts for Apple Podcasts (finally!), along with a much-needed “always” toggle for the 1-hour delay with Stolen Device Protection. I explain more about it in this tweet.

  4. These iPhone Dock Concepts

    Please, Apple!

📲 iOS 18 Will Be Huge

I usually ignore the hype for Apple’s upcoming software releases, but I have a more optimistic feeling for 2024…

"I'm told that the new operating system is seen within the company as one of the biggest iOS updates — if not the biggest — in the company's history."

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Will iOS 18 be the biggest iOS update ever? Probably not.

Will it be one of the most important updates ever? Probably.

Here’s what we’re expecting:


  • Apple is set to finally implement Generative AI technology that "should improve how both Siri and the Messages app can field questions and auto-complete sentences"

  • Apple has also explored generative AI features for other apps, including Apple Music, Pages, Keynote, and Xcode

  • A 2023 report mentioned that Apple has already created its own Large Language Model (LLM), which has been dubbed AppleGPT

  • I suspect Siri will be able to handle much more sophisticated tasks in 2024

  • The Shortcuts app will likely benefit greatly as well


  • Apple confirmed they’ll be supporting RCS in the Messages app in 2024, so this is all but guaranteed to come in iOS 18

  • This will allow Android users to text with iPhone users without an iPhone user complaining.

  • That’s because RCS will add read receipts, typing indicators, the ability to leave a conversation with Android users, Wi-Fi messaging, & more

  • This is up there with sideloading in terms of the biggest features to ever come to the iPhone

I’m sure there will be a lot more included with iOS 18, but just these two features alone are some of the biggest, most requested iPhone features of all time.

Everyone has wanted Siri to improve since day 1. Everyone has wanted texting with Android users to improve since day 1.

So, if Apple delivers on both of these major pain-points, I think iOS 18 will be a monumental update.

I mean sure a visual upgrade would be cool, but I’m more about function and usefulness. Aesthetics are currently good enough for me as-is, but I’m in the minority here. What do you think?

🥽 Vision Pro Tidbits


At the time of writing this, we are less than 24 hours away from the launch of Vision Pro. After watching/reading every early review, here are some of my pre-release thoughts:

  • There will be 600+ native apps at launch!

  • Apple appears to have under-promised & over-delivered on battery life

  • I love the idea of EyeSight and Persona. I believe it will look better in person/while wearing the headset. Persona reminds me of NBA 2K cut-scenes - that's not a bad thing

  • When you FaceTime someone, it's as if you're looking at them IRL. Their voice also comes from the direction of their persona in the call. Very cool

FaceTime with Personas

  • The cable on the battery pack can be removed with a SIM-eject tool. And the connector is very lightning-esque.

Lightning Pro Max

  • The Control Center is activated via a gesture with your eyes and head motion. And there's a screen recording toggle in the CC!

  • I dislike the look & UX of the keyboard, but it’s not bad for a “virtual keyboard.” Magic Keyboard will be a must, at least for work

AVP’s virtual keyboard

  • You can't hot swap batteries. Vision Pro will shut down if the battery dies/is disconnected

  • Weight seems to be a non-issue for most, even after 2+ hours of use. Using the included dual loop band is a must for prolonged sessions

  • The NBA app is slick! This looks like the future of watching sports. I know the Quest can do something similar, but Apple's implementation/UI looks far better

NBA app

  • There is no “off” button. The headset acts similar to the AirPods Max, where they are always in a standby mode

I'll have additional thoughts & tidbits to share next week after using my Vision Pro!

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