4 AI features I want in my next iPhone


Think it or not, Apple didn't constantly have Siri. Siri originally belonged to SRI International, which developed Siri, Inc. in 2007. Then in April 2010, Apple acquired Siri, which ended up being an essential component of the iPhone four that introduced in 2011.

Ever because then, Siri has continued to evolve at Apple, for much better or for even worse. While the point of Siri is to make your life easier with hands-free use of your iPhone or Apple Watch, it's far from ideal. Siri often misconstrues you and leads to hilarious requests, or is just incapable of doing what you need it to do, sometimes since of a bad connection.

However that might alter in the future, as Apple appears to be investing "a fair bit" into generative AI, which is all the rage, according to comments made by Tim Cook during the business's 4th fiscal quarter earnings call.

Apple is definitely lagging a bit in the present AI race, as Google remains in the lead at the minute with the Google Pixel 8 lineup. However Apple already uses AI for some functions on iOS, such as the Personal Voice Accessibility tool. Here are a couple of AI features I would enjoy to see come to the iPhone one day.

Intelligent image enhancement services

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Ever given that Google debuted the Magic Eraser tool with the Pixel 6 lineup, I've been sort of astonished by it. It's the sort of performance that I've constantly required when modifying pictures. But on my iPhone and iPad, I have to utilize a third-party app with that function considering that the built-in editor in the Photos app lacks it.

If Apple is undoubtedly buying generative AI, then more photo editing tools require to be on the list. I would enjoy to have the ability to just erase undesirable items and individuals from the background of my images in the native Photos app. This is such a fundamental editing tool that it's stunning Apple hasn't already implemented it.

Google has taken their AI picture editing tools to the next level this year, presenting the Magic Editor and Best Take features. The Magic Editor is an improved version of the Magic Eraser, permitting users to control items in an image by rearranging them. With the Best Take feature, users can select the best facial expression from a series of similar pictures and flawlessly swap it into the wanted image, developing the ideal shot.

While I value the value of human imagination, Apple must boost its photo editing capabilities in the integrated Photos app to keep up with the competitors.

Make automated telephone call bearable

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Although I utilize my smartphone daily, there is one specific job that I highly do not like performing with it: making telephone call. It's quite ironic, isn't it?

Among the functions that Google made possible on Pixel phones thanks to its Tensor chips are all the AI-powered features when you make actual telephone call. These Pixel Call Assist features consist of Wait Times, Hold for Me, Direct My Call, Hold for Me, and Call Screen.

Wait Times is an useful tool that helps you navigate automated calling systems more effectively. It provides an approximated time on the length of time you'll be put on hold, based on the normal period of calls with that specific company. Plus, you can opt to let Google Assistant wait on hold for you, releasing up your time to concentrate on other important tasks while you wait.

Direct My Call can reveal the call menu alternatives right on your screen, making it much easier to reach the department you need. Call Screen uses AI to ask callers to state their name and reason for calling, and calls can be decreased instantly if it's determined to be spam.

These functions are extremely valuable, especially if you have a general dislike for managing phone discussions. I want that Apple, if it is devoted to advancing AI, might contemplate integrating AI abilities to improve the tolerability of automated phone systems.

An improved Siri

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Right now, Siri is the digital assistant on all of Apple's hardware. However, it's frequently simple to poke enjoyable at it due to the fact that it seems to rarely comprehend or do tasks appropriately. Personally, the only times I actually use Siri are to set timers when cooking.

For Apple to genuinely dedicate to generative AI, it must improve Siri's abilities. One major concern with Siri is its restricted multi-language support. Although iOS 17 introduced multilingual Siri for English and a couple of Indic languages, including Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi, Kannada, and Marathi, there is still much room for improvement.

Although this may appropriate for Indians, it only caters to a particular group. Lots of individuals speak English alongside Spanish, German, French, Italian, and so on. It can be rather frustrating if you do not use among the supported Indic languages due to the fact that Siri can only deal with one language at a time. As a result, when checking out a message or pronouncing a street name that isn't in your primary language, it might produce a mix of muddled words.

However numerous language assistance isn't the only thing that Siri (mainly) stops working at. Siri also has a tough time comprehending those with speech and voice conditions, such as stuttering. Or it will put your reminder in the incorrect list or simply tell you, "I can not do that," even though you did that specific thing a day ago.

Siri's efficiency varies depending upon the function it is utilized for. In contrast to its competitors, Siri can be thought about somewhat disappointing. Nevertheless, if Apple really dedicates to developing generative AI, we can optimistically anticipate a more capable Siri that satisfies its designated functions and streamlines our daily lives.

More smart interaction and apps

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Another helpful thing that AI could help out with is interaction. In iOS 17, Apple introduced a new keyboard that utilizes a transformer language learning model that gains from what you key in order to enhance the accuracy of autocorrect.

The language learning design that Apple is currently using for making improved autocorrect might have even larger usages. For example, it could help generate or predict message responses based on what you would usually send out anyway. It could assist improve Siri, too, as we currently pointed out. And there's even the possibility of AI-assisted features in native Apple apps, such as Pages and Keynote, or perhaps auto-generated playlists in Apple Music.

This is simply the starting

Apple iPhone 15 Plus (left) and Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that will likely play a substantial function in our lives for the years to come, whether we embrace it or not. While there is a risk of AI being misused by harmful people, its prospective to considerably improve the lives of normal people can not be neglected. Furthermore, as mobile phone design and functions have stayed reasonably stagnant in current years, AI could be the innovative option that revives the industry.

Apple is currently behind in the race for AI on mobile, with Google having a clear lead so far. However if Apple is taking the generative AI thing seriously, then there are a lot of enjoyable possibilities in store for the future of iOS as a whole.

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