Rumor Claims Apple’s iOS 18 Update Will Bring visionOS Design To iPhone

Apple’s expected to unveil new software updates for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV during the WWDC event in June, and a new report suggests that iPhone owners can look forward to a big update.

The iOS 18 update will reportedly borrow some design cues from the Apple Vision Pro, taking visionOS aspects and transplanting them to iOS.

That’s according to a report by the Israeli website The Verifier which says that it learned weeks ago that Apple will bring some visionOS design elements to iOS 18 and iPadOS 18.

The report says, via machine translation, that we should expect tvOS 17.2’s floating sidebar to also make the move from the Apple TV to the iPhone’s TV app.

The first sign of this we got to see in the tvOS 17.2 update, Apple introduced a new floating sidebar that replaces the previous sidebar. As you can see in the image below, Apple has made the bar “transparent” just like in visionOS. The above menu will replace the existing menu on iPads with iPadOS 18.

New menus are also expected to be used when iOS 18 ships and the report suggests that some of the visionOS interface will make its presence known.

Apart from innovations in the field of artificial intelligence, the iOS 18 operating system is expected to receive a facelift in everything related to the user interface. The visionOS operating system is the model that Apple uses to update the user interface on the iPhone. The menus, built-in apps, Safari and more, will all be updated with a fresh design.

It’s important to note that this source has a mixed track record so there is no guarantee that there is anything to this. But it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Apple started to make visionOS the software that all other updates revolve around.

If Apple does announce these new software updates in June we can expect months of betas to be made available to developers before the updates are released to the public this fall.

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