These iPhones Cannot Use the New iOS 18 AI Features

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.06 - 2024 6:14 PM CET

Some iPhones will get the iOS 18 update, but not all will be able to use its new AI features.

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Apple's iOS 18 is bringing numerous advanced AI features, but not all iPhones will be able to use them. These AI features need a lot of computing power, which can be a problem for older iPhone models, even if they can run iOS 18.

Powerful Hardware

The AI features in iOS 18 are split into two groups: basic features that can run directly on the device and advanced ones that need to talk to Apple's servers.

For example, the new Siri will need a lot of processing power. Using language models, Siri will be able to do complex tasks like opening specific documents, organizing notes, deleting emails, and more.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, many of these AI features will need an iPhone 15 Pro or later to work properly.

While iOS 18 will work on several older iPhone models, these devices won't be able to run AI processes locally because they don't have enough computing power.

Which iPhones Are Affected?

Here are the iPhone models that will likely get iOS 18 but might not support all the new AI features:

  • iPhone 15

  • iPhone 15 Plus

  • iPhone 14

  • iPhone 14 Plus

  • iPhone 14 Pro

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max

  • iPhone 13

  • iPhone 13 mini

  • iPhone 13 Pro

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • iPhone 12

  • iPhone 12 mini

  • iPhone 12 Pro

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

  • iPhone 11

  • iPhone 11 Pro

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • iPhone XS

  • iPhone XS Max

  • iPhone XR

  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)

  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)

The AI features in iOS 18 need a lot of processing power. Apple has built Neural Processing Units (NPUs) into their chips to handle these tasks, but older models might still struggle.

To get the full iOS 18 AI experience, you'll need a newer iPhone model.

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