The iOS 18 feature everyone will use: Generative AI emojis

May 28, 2024 | by

About a week ago, I joked inside BGR’s Slack that the Slack AI that Salesforce is training with the help of chats should let me come up with generative emojis on the fly to react to conversations. After all, emojis are an integral part of communication. We use them across chat platforms regularly, no matter who we might be messaging with. It’s why the list of available emojis keeps expanding every year. And why I thought genAI products might come in handy.

Little did I know that Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman was about to reveal a bunch of AI features coming to iOS 18 this year. On the list we have support for creating custom emoji with generative AI based on what the users are texting.

The report detailed the AI emoji feature in his latest Power On newsletter this weekend:

One standout feature will bring generative AI to emojis. The company is developing software that can create custom emojis on the fly based on what users are texting. That means you’ll suddenly have an all-new emoji for any occasion, beyond the catalog of options that Apple currently offers on the iPhone and other devices.

I think Gurman is right, and generative emojis will be a standout feature of iOS 18. Whether you use products like ChatGPT and Gemini or not, you’ll likely want to take advantage of custom emojis in iMessage and other apps as soon as Apple makes them available. It’s the kind of AI feature that might not even make you think of AI, though artificial intelligence will be at play.

Separately, a report detailed the new non-AI emoji that are coming to iOS 18 this year.


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