iOS 18 could introduce more customizable iPhone Home Screen


iOS 18 concept video
iOS 18 could finally let you create a blank Home Screen row.
Concept: Kevin Kall

Apple will allow for greater iPhone Home Screen customization in iOS 18, including the ability to place app icons anywhere on the screen, according to a new report.

iPhone owners also supposedly will gain the flexibility to create blank rows and columns, though the icons will still snap to a grid.

iOS 18 might fix a major iPhone Home Screen customization limitation

Apple added several Home Screen customization options, starting with iOS 14’s release in 2020, such as Home Screen widgets and an App Library for warehousing apps to achieve a cleaner look. However, you cannot place app shortcuts anywhere on your iPhone Home Screen or insert blank rows or columns.

If MacRumors’ anonymous sources prove accurate, this should change with iOS 18 later this year. The update should fix one of the significant customization limitations of the iPhone’s Home Screen.

The report is light on details but claims that iOS 18 could bring the “biggest Home Screen revamp in several years.” This should make tweaking your iPhone’s Home Screen a lot more fun.

The biggest iOS update since its inception

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman first reported that such a change would come in the next iOS release. iOS 18 apparently is shaping up to become the biggest iOS update since the original iPhone, according to Gurman.

Aside from iOS 18’s Home Screen customization options, Apple will bundle a bunch of AI features that will be useful in daily life into the next iPhone software release, Gurman wrote in Sunday’s edition of his Power On newsletter. These on-device AI enhancements will differ from iOS 18’s rumored cloud-based generative AI features. Apple purportedly wants to team up with Google or ChatGPT to power the latter.

Gurman also thinks visionOS 2.0, code-named Constellation, will drop this year. Apple might showcase the next major OS release for its Vision Pro mixed reality headset at WWDC24 alongside iOS 18 and watchOS 11. (The Apple Watch update sounds like a minor release.)

Apple’s yearly developers conference should take place in June, although no announcement has yet been made.


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