iOS 18 is here to help with more customization, Messages improvements & more

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iOS 18 is more customizable than ever

WWDC 2024 revealed new ways to customize iPhone with iOS 18, including new Home Screen arrangements and filters, Control Center pages, and replaceable buttons on the Lock Screen.

It was clear that WWDC 2024 would focus on artificial intelligence, but Apple started things off with feature upgrades first. iOS 18 has been revealed and it is more customizable than ever.

The ongoing annual theme of including new customization features continues. Icons can be placed anywhere on the Home Screen, which enables more unique layouts and eliminates the need for blank icons.

Icons can also be themed with colors. Backgrounds can be enabled for dark mode, or icons themselves can have color filters.

Control Center has also gained new customization features. Data is split over pages that can be swiped through, and third-party apps can finally be added to the grid.

Add widgets, change their size, organize them, and see different panes for app control, music, and home.

The Lock Screen also gets new customization options, finally allowing users to replace the flashlight and camera buttons with third-party apps.

A bento image showcasing various iOS 18 features

Apple snuck in a brief mention that RCS is coming with iOS 18. Soon, Apple users will have improved messaging with Android users which includes better media sharing.

iMessage has new emoji tapbacks that let users access any emoji to react to a message. There are also new text effects and the ability to schedule messages for later.

Reminders will now appear in Calendar. It allows users to create a reminder and see it in-line with scheduled events.

There are several updates across Apple's apps, like Apple Maps. Users can see hiking routes and save them for offline viewing.

Photos app shown on an iPhone held in a hand

Photos has been redesigned with new organization and memories features. There are no longer tabs at the bottom to switch views, instead, everything is in one scrollable view.

A new collections feature brings memories and topics into groups below the main photo grid. Each collection view has an audio playing view at the top with plenty of filters to find photos of people and places.

A man in a crowded elevator wearing AirPods

AirPods are getting a new gesture that relies on the device's gyroscope sensors — nods and shakes for yes and no. Voice isolation is also improved thanks to better algorithms.

Despite some much-needed upgrades across various iOS systems, all eyes are on Apple's AI features. Those will be revealed later in the event.

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