iOS 18 will give iPhone users greater control over the arrangement of Home Screen app icons, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Home screen on iOS 17

While app icons will likely remain locked to an invisible grid system on the home screen, to ensure there is some uniformity, our sources say that users will be able to arrange icons more freely on iOS 18. For example, we expect that the update will introduce the ability to create Blank spaces, rows, and columns between app icons.

BloombergMark Gurman was one of the first to report that the iPhone will get a “more customizable” home screen starting with iOS 18. It's already possible to customize the home screen and create blank app icons using apps like Shortcuts and Widgetsmith, but Apple's own customization options will be more convenient And official.

iPhone users have already been able to customize the Lock screen since iOS 16, and we expect the Home screen to receive a similar treatment with iOS 18. The update will offer additional customization options for the Home screen, according to our sources, and could result in the biggest home screen revamp in several years.

Apple will announce iOS 18 at its annual developer conference WWDC in June. Other rumored features and changes from the update include new generative AI functionality for Siri and multiple apps, RCS support in the Messages app for improved messaging between iPhone and Android devices, design changes, and more.

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