iOS 18 likely to bring an Android feature: Here's what it is

Mark Gurman claims that a more customisable Home Screen will soon be offered to iPhone starting from iOS 18
An undated image displaying iPhones home screen. — Unsplash

An undated image displaying iPhone's home screen. — Unsplash

With iOS 18. the iPhone top-of-the-line software update, peeking from the window of WWDC in June this year, leaks have already begun giving us an idea of what will be included and excluded, ultimately letting us be more certain as of what to expect from the major iOS update. 

Numerous reports are surfacing and suggesting at significantly tweaked user interface and user experience on iPhone with the upcoming iOS 18 update. 

This has been disclosed by Mark Gurman, a Bloomberg reporter with a track record of providing accurate predictions around Apple products and their developments. 

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Gurman claimed that the iOS 18 would allow users to have extensive control over how iPhone's Home Screen app icons should appear for them, meaning that iPhone users can now customise Home Screen icons. 

According to MacRumors, the Home Screen app icons, apparently, might be resting under an undisclosed grid, which is a measure taken to ensure there is alignment between display elements. Nevertheless, iOS 18 is likely to allow users to arrange app icons as well as enable them to create blank spaces, rows, and columns between app icons. 

Although the ability to arrange Home Screen app icons and create blank app icons is still attainable using third-party apps such as Shortcuts and Widgetsmith, however, iPhone's native capability of doing so would be more convenient and won't require the installation of any apps or tools. 

Similarly, customising app icons has been more of a conventional feature on the iPhone since the release of iOS 16. What sets iOS 18 apart is that it would accompany a range of other icon-customisation features, which might make it the biggest Home Screen enhancement in several years. 

The iPhone's software update is slated to debut at Apple's annual developers conference WWDC to be kicked off in June. Alongside Home Screen arrangement, other features tipped to make their way into the iPhone include new generative AI functionality for Siri and multiple apps, RCS support in the Messages app for improved messaging between iPhones and Android devices, design changes, and more.