iOS 18 will allow you to place apps anywhere on your Home Screen, forgoing the grid

Apple’s upcoming iOS 18 update is already generating buzz, with rumors suggesting it could be one of the biggest iPhone OS updates in recent years.

One of the key highlights of this upcoming release is the extensive customization options it will offer for the Home Screen, providing iPhone users with more control and flexibility over how their app icons are arranged.

iPhone Home Screen

iOS 18 to catch up with Android by allowing blank spaces on iPhone Home Screens

Reports from reputable sources like Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman indicate that iOS 18 will introduce a “more customizable” Home Screen experience. Currently, iPhone users are constrained by a grid system that automatically aligns app icons and widgets, limiting their ability to create personalized layouts. However, with iOS 18, users can look forward to placing app icons and widgets anywhere on the Home Screen, breaking away from the rigid grid system.

One of the most exciting prospects of iOS 18 is the ability to create blank spaces, rows, and columns between app icons. This means users can design their Home Screens with intentional gaps for aesthetic purposes or organizational preferences. Whether you prefer a minimalist layout or a more structured arrangement, iOS 18 will allow you to customize your iPhone’s Home Screen according to your style.


The introduction of these customization features will mark a significant step forward for iOS, aligning it more closely with the customization options long available on Android devices. While iOS has made strides in offering widgets and the App Library, the ability to freely position app icons has been a longstanding request from iPhone users. With iOS 18, Apple aims to enhance the user experience by giving users greater control over their device’s look and feel.

Apple is expected to unveil iOS 18 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, with a public release likely in September. Alongside Home Screen customization, the update is rumored to include new AI features for Siri, RCS support in Messages for improved communication, design enhancements, and more. This comprehensive update signifies Apple’s commitment to continually refining and innovating its mobile operating system.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights as we approach the official announcement of iOS 18 at WWDC 2024.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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