Apple reportedly finally adding iOS feature that Android has had for 15 years

It's a simple thing, but a lot of people want it.
  • Apple is set to release a new iOS update in the not-so-distant future
  • It could include a feature that might seem small, but some consider very important
  • It would be the first time Apple phones have had this feature, though Android devices have had it for years

Published on Mar 26, 2024 at 1:06PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 10, 2024 at 6:27PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood

According to a recent leak, Apple is reportedly finally adding a new feature that Android has had for years.

If true, this provides yet more fuel for the age-old Android vs Android debate.

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One of the recurring themes of this debate is the perceived delay with which Apple seemingly releases features that Android users always had access to.

It happens all the time, and it involves both practical things like picture-in-picture or lock screen customization, and technical things, like a higher refresh rate for entry-level phones.

Android users claim Apple is just being Apple, prioritizing its ecosystem over its customers.

Meanwhile, Apple users claim Apple simply wants to perfect the product before it releases it.

They probably both have a point, but in this case, the extra feature would stand out because it’s one of those things many people never think of, but some other users really want.

You see, the thing with the Apple home screen is that you can customize it, but you can’t have gaps.

Most people have probably never noticed unless they have actively tried to leave a gap in order to organize their screen in a way that suits them.

And – for now, at least – you can’t.

if you add a new app to the phone, it’ll always slide into place alongside the last app.

You can move them around, and create folders, but no gaps are allowed.

This, according to rumors, is about to change with the upcoming iOS 18 update.

Apple and Android have always taken dramatically different approaches to the user’s experience.

Android prioritizes specs and value, while Apple wants the experience to be seamless more than anything else.

At the end of the day, the ongoing rivalry fuels both innovation and improvements, on both sides of the equation.

It also gives people the chance to write – and read – ‘top five’ articles, which is always fun.

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