iOS 18 will add support for new languages to key iPhone software features including the keyboard and search

iOS 18 features on iPhone
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Apple announced iOS 18 to the world during the WWDC opening event on June 10 and the software is now available in developer beta form. It won't be available to the public for some time, but the early betas already include support for additional languages across multiple key iPhone features.

Whether iPhone owners are customizing their Lock Screen, searching the device using Spotlight, or simply using the iPhone's keyboard, multiple languages have now been added.

While key features like Apple Intelligence are understandably capturing headlines, there is no denying that the addition of new language support could be a game-changer for some people as we edge ever closer to the release of iOS 18 to the public.

Multilingual iPhone

A TechCrunch report details the changes including the addition of Arabic, Arabic Indic, Bangla, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Meitei, Odia, Ol Chiki, and Telugu language support when customizing the numerals sued on the iPhone's Lock Screen.

Continuing the theme, the iOS 18 keyboard now supports trilingual predictive typing, removing the need to switch languages manually. When searching, iOS 18 also makes it easier than ever to find what you're looking for. The report notes that "users can search for different spellings of similar-sounding words in that language." This means that  "for instance, they can search for both “चंद्र” and “चन्द्र” in Hindi. The new language search is available for Assamese, Bangla, Devanagari, and Gujarati."

Other improvements include changes in the Messages app that mean the keyboard will remember the last-used language on a per-thread basis.

Apple has confirmed that iOS 18 will be released in public beta later this month before the update rolls out to iPhone owners around the world this September.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.