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iOS 18 Could Include AI-Powered Object Eraser Feature in iPhones

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It's pretty much known that the majority of new iOS 18 features will be centered on generative AI. Some of these additions were already leaked and previewed, but the rest are set to be announced at the upcoming WWDC. However, a new report revealed more features in tow, particularly highlighting a new AI editing feature similar to Magic Eraser on Android.

AI-powered object eraser on iPhone

In a detailed post by Apple Insider citing an internal source, the news outlet touted several AI features that will debut with iOS 18. Among the highlighted is a new 'Clean Up' tool that is said to be integrated with the Photos app and iMessage. It also mentioned the editing feature will replace the Retouch tool in Apple's various apps, including those in macOS.

As described, the new editing feature will be able to erase objects by manually highlighting them in images. In addition, the feature will support AI-powered image generation for missing portions in images.

Screenshots showing how to use the Magic Eraser feature on the Google Photos app
Magic Eraser (Android) can perform quick edits perfect for sharing on social media. / © nextpit

From what we hear, it's essentially similar to Google's Magic Eraser and Magic Editor where both are available on Android and iOS via the Google Photos app. There are also third-party iOS apps that have similar photo editing functions. Likewise, the addition of Apple's own AI editing tool makes more sense considering it should be directly integrated with the main iOS apps.

Smarter Siri on iOS 18

Besides the new editing feature, other AI features on iOS 18 are also listed. These include emoji and wallpaper generation, summarization, and live transcription, which were mentioned in earlier leaks. What's new specifically are several enhancements planned just for Siri.

According to the outlet, Siri on iOS 18 is touted to support cross-device control, such as allowing your iPhone to command the assistant to control what's playing on your Apple Watch and other connected Apple devices. However, it is believed the feature will only be ready by the end of 2024.

Most of the AI features were also planned to be infused into Siri as well. For instance, the assistant can preview notifications and summarize articles, among others. It was also emphasized Siri will provide more natural responses.

Apple has scheduled WWDC 2024 on June 10, so we should not have to wait too long to confirm many of these features. At the same time, the iOS 18 update is expected to be publicly released this fall alongside the iPhone 16.

Are you excited to test iOS 18 once it is available? What other AI features would you like to see in this major software update? Let's hear your suggestions in the comments.

Source: Apple Insider

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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