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Safari to get new AI features with iOS 18 and macOS 15

AI-powered search, text summarization, and web erase features are coming to Safari.

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It’s no secret that iOS 18 will bring numerous new features and make significant changes to Apple’s mobile platform. In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that with iOS 18, iPhone users will see the advent of AI. However, the specifics of the AI features are still vague. 

The unreleased iOS update is rumored to overhaul multiple apps, including Mail, Notes, Photos, and Fitness, as well as the iPhone Home Screen. However, it appears Apple’s home browser Safari will get a few modifications courtesy of the iOS 18 update. 

The latest report by AppleInsider claims that the Safari browser on iOS 18 and MacOS 15 will get major updates. 

Safari to get AI-powered search and more with iOS 18

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The report discusses the first upgrade: Safari’s AI-powered search, which will significantly benefit users with features like text summarization on the Arc browser.

Ajax, the on-device large language model (LLM), will apparently help scan the text here and then identify and summarize the topics.

However, the biggest update coming to Safari 18 is the web eraser feature, and as the name suggests, it enables users to remove certain things from the website they are visiting. 

It can be helpful, especially if the report is accurate. The feature is reportedly capable of eliminating ad banners, images, text, and other stuff. 

Although the exciting part is that Safari will remember the changes even after closing the tab.

Something special for Safari on macOS 15

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On the other hand, Safari 18 on the macOS 15 will reportedly include an enhanced address bar, similar to the one on the iPadOS.

In addition, a few design tweaks will be added to improve Safari’s UI and make it usable across different Apple platforms. 

Interestingly, the report also discusses an upgraded version of the Visual Look Up feature that could debut in 2025. 

Visual Look Up is a helpful feature currently limited to images of pets, plants, and landmarks. However, the report indicates the upgraded version will allow users to identify images across different applications. 

While the report states that Apple is testing these features internally, there’s a pretty good chance that some may not make it to the stable build. 

However, we can’t say that for sure, and we will get a definite answer on June 10 at the WWDC 2024 when Apple previews iOS 18 and macOS 15. 

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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