Here's what could be new in iOS 18 and macOS 15 System Settings

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Apple's WWDC 2024 is likely to go big on new AI features for the company's platforms, but it appears an old mainstay is getting a refresh.

The System Settings app for both iOS 18 and macOS 15 (and therefore one would imagine iPadOS) is reportedly getting a revamp.

That's according to longtime Apple reporter Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, who posted on X (formerly Twitter), "A lot of people using macOS 15 and iOS 18 keep mentioning the revamp to Settings."

"Obviously not a huge deal, but it’s getting a new UI with a reorganized, cleaner layout that’s more simple to navigate. It also has much improved search. There are also updates to Control Center."

Why is that exciting?

In many ways, a refreshed look for System Settings is hardly going to have Android users flipping over to iOS. Still, it's worth considering that Apple doesn't change it all that much on either platform - so the fact they're willing to shake things up at such a foundational level could certainly be interesting.

MacOS Ventura saw a sizeable change on the Mac, but many felt it actually made it harder to use. On the iPhone, it's grown over time to be a pretty unwieldy list of options that, if you're anything like me, you tend to use Spotlight search to avoid scrolling through.

I'd also argue Control Center, while somewhat customizable, could do with a clearout, too. Let's see what changes.

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Lloyd Coombes

Lloyd Coombes is a freelance writer with a specialism in Apple tech. From his first, hand-me-down iMac, he’s been working with Apple products for over a decade, and while he loves his iPhone and Mac, the iPad will always have his heart for reasons he still can’t quite fathom. Since moving from blogging to writing professionally, Lloyd’s work can be found at TechRadar, Macworld, TechAdvisor and plenty more. He’s also the Editor in Chief at, and on the rare occasion he’s not writing you’ll find him spending time with his son, or working hard at the gym (while wearing an Apple Watch, naturally). You can find him on Twitter @lloydcoombes.

  • Just_Me_D
    I’ve stated for years that the Settings within iOS has become too large so I hope it does get a revamp.
  • FFR
    So a new settings app and new control center.
  • Annie_M
    I'm eager to find out what the reality will be! I agree that the Settings App is too cumbersome.
  • Wotchered
    The trouble is, if you in some way consolidate the many rabbit holes,you could end up with less controls,OR much bigger warrens !