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iOS 18 : Home Screen Gets a Major Redesign

Apple is likely to bring one of Android’s old and interesting features to iPhones soon.

According to an exclusive report by MacRumors, iPhone users will have more control over the layout of app icons on the Home Screen thanks to iOS 18.

Currently, the layout of app icons in iOS doesn’t give users much freedom, unlike Android, and you can’t place icons wherever you want.

MacRumors says that app icons on the Home Screen will “still be locked to an invisible grid system” but users will be able to arrange them more freely.

iOS 18 is likely to allow users to create gaps between icons for the first time; a feature that is not currently available by default in iOS but has been available on Android for years.

Bloomberg reported last night that the iPhone Home Screen is being redesigned after years to allow for more customization, but no specific details about the changes were announced.

Note that it is currently possible to create gaps between app icons using apps like Shortcuts and Widgetsmith, but this is not possible by default.

Apple made extensive customization of the iPhone lock screen possible with the release of iOS 16, and similar changes are now expected for the Home Screen in iOS 18. According to MacRumors, iOS 18 will be the biggest Home Screen redesign in several years.

Apple will unveil iOS 18 at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in late June.

Here are some additional details about the changes that are expected to come to the Home Screen in iOS 18:

  • Users will be able to create gaps between app icons, which will allow them to create more personalized and organized Home Screens.
  • Users will be able to place widgets anywhere on the Home Screen, not just in the Today View.
  • Users will be able to create custom folders with different layouts and themes.
  • Users will be able to hide the Dock, which will give them more space for apps and widgets.
  • These changes are expected to make the Home Screen more customizable and user-friendly. They will also bring iOS closer to Android in terms of customization options.
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