Apple, on Monday, unveiled the much-hyped iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 for eligible iPhones and iPads at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). With iOS 18, Apple is offering enhanced customization capabilities, along with new features, which will transform an existing iPhone or iPad almost into a new device.

The developer beta of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 is already out, which is usually buggy, while the stable version will be released in September, possibly right after the launch of the next-generation iPhone 16 series. While Apple Intelligence is the headline announcement of the WWDC, only the iPhone 15 Pro series is eligible for the same, while the rest of the devices will get a regular iOS 18 update, which is still packed with a lot of new stuff.

Here are some of the most prominent features of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, coming to your iPhone and iPad this fall:

New customization options

iOS 18 features iOS 18 allows users to change the app icon color. (Image credit: Apple)

iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 updates are empowering users with more customization features, including the ability to change the icon color to match the wallpaper, and, for the first time, users can customize the Control Center by adding or removing specific shortcuts. Besides, Apple is also introducing a new tinted effect for iPhones, which will get activated in dark mode, along with the ability to resize app icons.

Besides the new customization capability on the Control Center, Apple has also integrated music playback and Home control, which can be accessed with a simple swipe, along with the ability to add shortcuts from supported third-party apps directly to the Control Center.

Festive offer

On top of that, for the first time on iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, users can switch the controls at the bottom of the lock screen, which are usually the camera and flashlight, to a shortcut of their choice, which could also be an app. .

Private apps, game mode, and more

Users can now lock first-party and select third-party apps using Face ID or Touch ID, and users can also hide apps from the home screen and app library. iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 also gain a new gaming mode, and, when paired with AirPods Pro, users can experience Spatial Audio while playing select games.

The iOS 18 update also introduces new accessibility features such as Eye Tracking, enabling users to control the iPhone with just eye movement, and Music Haptics.

Photos app gets a much-needed update

Apple is also introducing an improved Photos app with the iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 update, where it now offers a simplified view of pictures and videos, showcases highlights for each day, and photos can be categorized by people and pets.

Messages gain RCS capability

The iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 add native RCS capabilities to Messages, allowing users to enjoy a rich messaging experience with Android smartphone users, although the messages received from Android smartphones will continue to remain green.

Besides, Messages also gain new text effects, and users can now schedule a message. In select markets, iOS 18 also introduces Messages via satellite when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity, where one can send and receive texts, emojis, and Tapbacks over iMessage and SMS.

Apps like Mail and Safari also gained new features, which include more private web browsing. On top of that, Apple also introduced a new Passwords app, which can store passwords and can be used to authenticate across devices.

iPad gets a calculator app

iPadOS 18 iPadOS 18 will introduce a native Calculator app. (Image credit: Apple)

iPadOS 18 is also introducing a first-party calculator app with scientific calculation capability, which supports Apple Pencil input, and, just like writing on paper, one can write a complex math equation, and the calculator would solve it in real time.

iPadOS 18 eligible devices

iPadOS 18 Compatible devices iPad iPad Mini iPad Air iPad Pro
iPad (7th Gen) iPad mini (5th Gen) iPad Air (3rd Gen) iPad Pro 11-inch (1st Gen)
iPad (8th Gen) iPad mini (6th Gen) iPad Air (4th Gen)

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd Gen)

iPad (9th Gen) iPad Air (5th Gen) iPad Pro M2 (11-inch)
iPad (10th Gen) iPad Air M2 (11-inch) iPad Pro M2 (12.9-inch)
iPad Air M2 (13-inch) iPad Pro M4 (11-inch)
iPad Pro M4 (13-inch)

iPadOS 18 will be available for the 7th Gen iPad to the latest iPad Pro M4. However, Apple Intelligence features will only be coming to the iPad Air and iPad Pro models, powered by the Apple Silicon M series chips.

iOS 18 eligible devices

iPadOS 18 Compatible devices
iPhone 15
iPhone 15 Plus
iPhone 15 Pro
iPhone 15 Pro Max
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 3rd Gen
iPhone SE 2nd Gen

The iPhone SE 2 and the iPhone XR are some of the oldest iPhones that are eligible for the iOS 18 update, while only the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max are eligible for Apple Intelligence features.