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Apple WWDC 2024: iOS 18 introduces several new customization features

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At WWDC 2024, Apple unveiled several new iOS 18 features. The upcoming operating system will offer more customisation options and privacy-enhancing functionalities that will further enhance the overall user experience. Here’s a quick look at some of them.

Apple says iOS 18 will let users place their icons however they want. This means you can freely move your icons wherever you want. The upcoming operating system also gets a new feature called Dark Mode that tints app icons with the colour of your choice to create a more personalised look.

Similar to the Material You design language on Android, you can also sync your icon colours with the wallpaper or set a custom colour for icons.

Apple has also redesigned the Control Center. It now supports tiles from third-party apps. While Android only lets you edit quick tiles, iOS 18 will also let you edit the tile style, size and layout.

Another nifty feature that has been available on Android for years is Lock Apps, which, as the name suggests, lets you lock apps behind Face ID, Touch ID or password. If you want to remove these apps from the home screen, they can be hidden in a locked folder.

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iOS 18 will also get a more privacy-friendly way of sharing contacts with apps. Now, users will be able to choose if they want to allow the app access for all contacts or limit it to a select few. You can also choose to hide these apps from Siri and in search results.

Apple is also bringing some new functionalities to first-party apps like Messages, which now lets users react with any emoji and schedule messages so you can send them later. With iOS 18, you can make text bold, italic, and underline and strike through parts of text.

The Messages app also supports Satellite based text messaging and offers automatic suggestions as well.


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