iOS 18 will let users customize the layout of home screen app icons: Report

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iOS 18, Apple's next operating software, is expected to be announced at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June 2024. The next iOS version is believed to bring several on-device and cloud AI features. Now, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has revealed that iOS 18 will give iPhone users control over their home screen icons and layout. This is expected to provide flexibility in managing home screen app icons. Apple may release iOS 18 update to the general public in September this year.

Mark Gurman says in the latest edition of his weekly newsletter Power On that iOS 18 will make the handset's home screen “more customizable”. However, the Bloomberg reporter did not provide any specific details about the update.

Additionally, a report from MacRumors quoting insiders claims that iOS 18 will give users more control over the overall look of the iPhone home screen. The iOS 18 update will reportedly allow users to arrange icons more freely. Through this update, Apple can let users create spaces, rows, and columns between app icons. Android already offers this option.

Apple is expected to preview iOS 18 at WWDC 2024. It may be available to the public in late September along with the alleged iPhone 16 series. It is rumored that iOS 18 will be compatible with all the same devices as iOS 17. Older devices like the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max models are said to offer support for the latest operating system.

The iOS 18 update is said to come with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. It may include the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard for messaging and borrow many UI components from VisionOS. Apple is said to be in talks with companies including Google and OpenAI for generative AI in iOS 18.


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