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Apple is improving the services users love with brand new features coming this fall with the release of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia, watchOS 11, visionOS 2, and tvOS 18.

With the release of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia, watchOS 11, visionOS 2, and tvOS 18 this fall, Apple is enhancing the services users love with brand new features. Updates include hikes in U.S. national parks and custom hiking routes in Apple Maps; the ability to pay with rewards and in installments with Apple Pay; new accessibility features in Apple Music; and a redesigned Apple Fitness+ experience that helps users get the most out of the extensive library of workouts and meditations.

“So many of our users rely on Apple services all day, from navigating their commute with Apple Maps to making easy and secure payments with Apple Pay to curating playlists with Apple Music,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of services, in a statement. “We’re excited to bring them even more ways to enjoy our services, like the ability to explore national parks with hikes in Apple Maps, redeem rewards or access installment payments with Apple Pay, and enjoy music with loved ones through SharePlay in Apple Music.”

More ways to explore the world with Apple Maps

Apple Maps is introducing even more ways to explore the world, including hikes and custom hiking routes. Users can browse thousands of hikes in national parks across the United States—filtered by length, elevation, and route type—and save them to use offline. Users can also create their own custom hiking routes with just a few taps to plan everything from a local workout route to a full-day hiking tour in a new city. Additionally, they can save their favorite national park hikes, custom hiking routes, and locations in an all-new Places Library and add personal notes to them.

More flexibility with Apple Pay

Apple Pay gives users even more flexibility and choice when paying online and in-app. Users can view and redeem rewards and access installment loan offers from eligible credit or debit cards when making purchases online or in-app with iPhone and iPad. These features will be available for any Apple Pay-enabled bank or issuer to integrate in supported markets.

The ability to redeem rewards for a purchase with Apple Pay will initially be available at Discover and Synchrony in the US and at all Apple Pay providers at Fiserv. The ability to use Apple Pay to pay for credit and debit card installment payments will initially be available at ANZ in Australia, CaixaBank in Spain, HSBC and Monzo in the UK and Citi, Synchrony and providers at Fiserv in the US. Users in the US will also be able to apply for credit directly through Affirm when paying with Apple Pay.

Apple Pay gives users new payment options, including the ability to redeem rewards and make installment payments using their eligible credit or debit cards.
Apple Pay gives users new payment options, including the ability to redeem rewards and make installment payments using their eligible credit or debit cards.

Users can use Apple Pay on any web browser and third-party computer by simply scanning a code on their iPhone to securely complete the payment. Additionally, Tap to Provision allows users to add eligible credit or debit cards to Apple Wallet by simply tapping their card to the back of their iPhone.

Redeem with Apple Cash at the touch of a finger

Tap to Cash lets users send and receive Apple Cash by holding two iPhone devices together – without having to share phone numbers. Tap to Cash can be used, for example, to pay someone back at dinner or buy something at a garage sale.

Tap to Cash allows users to send and receive Apple Cash by holding two iPhone devices together.

Improved event tickets with Apple Wallet

Event tickets in Apple Wallet are getting their biggest transformation yet, with a beautiful new design and a better experience for fans. Tickets in Wallet can provide users with important event information like a venue map and parking details; plus useful services like food delivery to the venue; recommended playlists from Apple Music; local weather forecasts from Weather; and easy access to location sharing so fans can find their friends when they arrive.

Tickets in Apple Wallet offer fans a more comprehensive experience, including stadium details, recommended Apple Music playlists, and more.
Tickets in Apple Wallet offer fans a more comprehensive experience, including stadium details, recommended Apple Music playlists, and more.

A redesigned Apple Fitness+ experience

In iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and tvOS 18, Apple Fitness+, the award-winning fitness and wellness service with workouts and meditations for everyone, has been redesigned to help users get the most out of the extensive workout library, stay motivated, and stick to their fitness program.

New features include For You, which offers personalized recommendations; Explore, which helps users discover new activities and find inspiration; Library, which makes it easy to keep track of favorite workouts, meditations, stacks, custom plans, and saved programs; Search, which quickly returns specific activity types, trainers, durations, and favorite musicians; and awards and streak reminders, which now take center stage.

In the Fitness app on iPhone, personalized Fitness+ recommendations appear in the Overview tab, so users can find their next great workout or meditation right alongside their activity and workout data.

Apple Fitness+ has been redesigned to help users make the most of its extensive library of workouts and meditations.
Apple Fitness+ has been redesigned to help users make the most of its extensive library of workouts and meditations.

Shared listening and better accessibility with Apple Music

With updates to SharePlay with Apple Music, even more users can share control of music playback from HomePod, Apple TV, or any Bluetooth-enabled speaker, making co-listening even more fun and rewarding. Participants don’t need to have an Apple Music subscription to contribute to playback.

Apple Music introduces Music Haptics, a way for deaf or hard of hearing users to experience music on iPhone. When enabled, the Taptic Engine in iPhone plays taps, textures, and subtle vibrations along with the sound of the music. Music Haptics works with millions of songs in the Apple Music catalog and will be available as an API for developers to make music accessible in their apps.

An optimized TV experience for Apple TV

The Apple TV app introduces InSight, a feature that displays up-to-date information about actors, characters, and music from Apple TV+ movies and shows onscreen in real time. Users can select an actor to view their background and filmography page, or quickly view the song playing in a scene and add it to an Apple Music playlist.

tvOS 18 introduces smart new features like InSight that take the cinematic experience to a new level. Users can stream Palm Royale in the Apple TV app with a subscription.
InSight displays up-to-date information about actors, characters and music from Apple TV+ movies and shows.

With tvOS 18, Enhance Dialogue gets smarter, using machine learning and computational audio to deliver better vocal clarity over music, action, and background noise on Apple TV 4K.

Closed captions help users stay with their favorite content, and for even more convenience, tvOS 18 automatically displays them at just the right moment, such as when the language of a show or movie doesn’t match the device language, when users turn off the sound, or skip back while watching.

iCloud Mail upgrades and a more consistent Apple Account login experience

iCloud Mail gives users new ways to manage their inbox and stay on top of things through categorization. Emails are organized and sorted into “Primary” for personal and time-sensitive emails, “Transactions” for confirmations and receipts, “Updates” for news and social notifications, and “Promotions” for marketing emails and coupons. iCloud settings have been redesigned to make it easier for users to act on personalized recommendations to enable key iCloud features, get the most out of iCloud+, and quickly view the status of the latest iCloud backup.

With the release of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia, and watchOS 11, Apple ID was renamed Apple Account to provide a consistent sign-in experience across all Apple services and devices and to be based on a user’s existing login credentials.

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