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Apple draws inspiration from Android and Windows for iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia 📱💻

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This week, Apple held its annual developer conference, WWDC. While the real star of this year’s event was Apple Intelligence, which you can find out more about by clicking here, Apple also unveiled a glimpse of upcoming operating system features for its devices.

iOS 18 has an Android feel 📱

A closer look at iOS 18 reveals that almost 80% of the new features come from Android, particularly when it comes to personalization. Thus, with iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, users will be able to:

  • Move icons freely on the home screen.
  • Tint icons any color, or let iOS suggest a color to match your wallpaper.
  • Enlarge apps and widgets for better visibility.
  • Customize the controls at the bottom of the lock screen with other functions.
  • Schedule messages on iMessage.
  • React to messages with any emoji.
  • Communicate via RCS, the replacement for SMS.

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These features are an integral part of the Android experience, and the similarities don’t stop there. With iOS 18, Apple introduces locked and hidden apps. iOS users will be able to lock certain apps individually, in addition to the global lock. They will also be able to create a secure hidden folder to group sensitive apps together, away from prying eyes. This feature is reminiscent of the secure folder on Samsung smartphones and soon on Android 15.

The Photos application has also undergone a major overhaul. Collections automatically organize your library by themes such as travel, people and pets. Pinned collections offer instant access to your most important albums, and a new Carousel highlights your best photos.

Finally, the Control Center has been completely redesigned with more intuitive control groups, accessible with a simple swipe down from the Home screen. You can also add more controls from the Control Gallery, which brings together all available options, including new commands from your favorite applications.

macOS Sequoia takes inspiration from Windows for Continuity 💻

Apple has unveiled a new version of macOS, dubbed Sequoia. Although the name refers to a giant tree, the new version of macOS is not as revolutionary as its name might suggest.

The main new features of macOS Sequoia revolve around Continuity, which lets you use iPhone functions on macOS.

The main new features of macOS Sequoia revolve around Continuity, enabling you to use your iPhone’s functionality on macOS. Thanks to the iPhone mirroring application, you can access your iPhone wirelessly at any time. You can interact with your iPhone using your Mac keyboard, trackpad or mouse. Your iPhone remains locked, ensuring that no one else can access it or see what you’re doing. What’s more, you’ll receive your iPhone notifications directly on your Mac, alongside those from your Mac, and be able to react and access an application directly via iPhone mirroring. You’ll also be able to move files, photos and videos between your iPhone and Mac as easily as you do between applications on the Mac.

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These features are similar to those of the Windows Connected Mobile application, which lets you connect Windows to an Android smartphone.

With macOS Sequoia, organizing windows just got easier. Drag windows to the edge of your screen to arrange them in a side-by-side mosaic on your desktop, another Windows-like feature.

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If you make a lot of video calls, two new features in macOS Sequoia should please you. Presenter mode preview lets you see exactly what you’re going to share in video call applications before you show it to everyone. As for background replacement, it can be accessed directly from the toolbar.

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iPad calculator, Passwords app and AirPods update 🤩

In addition to operating system updates, certain applications and products also deserve attention.

Until this week, one application was missing on the iPad: the calculator. And for its arrival on the tablet, Apple hasn’t cut any corners, introducing Math Notes. In addition to basic calculations, Math Notes can solve all the functions of a scientific calculator. You can assign variables, use them in equations and graphs, then adjust them to see how they affect your results. It’s also easy to save a math note for reference at any time, whether from the calculator or the Notes application.

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Apple also presented its new Passwords application, which replaces the Keychain. The application is similar to password managers on the market such as NordPass or 1Password.

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Finally, the second-generation AirPods Pro receive an update that makes them more practical. It will now be possible to accept or decline a call just by nodding. Voice isolation during calls has also been improved.

Availability and compatible devices

iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia are currently available as beta versions. However, it is not advisable to install them straight away, as these versions still contain bugs. Stable versions will be available later this year.

iOS 18 will be compatible with :

  • All iPhones from iPhone 11 and later.
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation).
  • iPhones XR, XS and XS Max.

iPadOS 18 will be compatible with :

  • iPad Pro: M4, 12.9″ 3rd generation and later, 11″ 1st generation and later.
  • iPad Air: M2, 3rd generation and later.
  • iPad: 7th generation and later.
  • iPad mini: 5th generation and later.

macOS Sequoia will be compatible with :

  • iMac 2019 and later.
  • iMac Pro 2017 and later.
  • Mac Studio 2022 and later.
  • MacBook Air 2020 and later.
  • Mac mini 2018 and later.
  • MacBook Pro 2018 and later.
  • Mac Pro 2019 and later.
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