Leaked design resource hints at iOS 18's visionOS-inspired redesign

in iOS edited April 2

An alleged iOS 18 design resource surfaced on Tuesday, showcasing a new, glassy design that may take a page from visionOS's book.

Smartphone with camera interface displayed against a gradient blue background, centered with a large shutter button.
Image Credit: MacRumors

The changes are subtle and not easy to spot, but if you squint, you'll notice glass-like buttons with reflective edges. This is similar to how the UI looks when using the Apple Vision Pro.

MacRumors obtained the image from an anonymous source who purportedly got it from an iOS engineer, but are careful to note that they cannot attest to its authenticity. The image will allegedly be included in the iOS 18 Apple Design Resources.

If the image is real, that would mean iOS 18 would borrow design elements from visionOS. This isn't the first time we've heard this suggested, either, as a rumor in early February essentially said the same thing.

An X account named @sb_apple_com is taking credit for leaking the image. If true, this leak shouldn't be taken seriously as it comes from an account claiming the MacBook Air would be purple and green as soon as March 1.

We're rating the leak as possible, as redesigned interface elements for iOS 18 have been rumored and this isn't the first claiming a visionOS inspiration. The anonymous source can't be verified by AppleInsider, but shouldn't be rejected entirely until more evidence is available to prove or disprove the claim.

Other sources have also suggested that a significant redesign is coming down the pipeline for Apple's next major iOS update. Bloomberg's previous take was that while iOS 18 may borrow some design cues from visionOS, it wouldn't mirror the design completely.

Rumor Score: Possible

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 2,702member
    Don’t like it. Kinda tacky and outdated looking. Bringing back the old photoshop bevels and contours? Let the 90sstay in the 90s. Please no. 
    edited April 2 watto_cobraVictorMortimer
  • Reply 2 of 6
    carismacarisma Posts: 5member
    Barely visible buttons and text  I don't think this is real…I hope. I like high contrast buttons and tekst and no transparant BS. :)
  • Reply 3 of 6
    This is BS.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 2,702member
    Looks like someone with no design skill trying to pass this off as something apple would do. Lame. 
  • Reply 5 of 6
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,956member
    Waiting for price drop to buy Vision Pro, either via refurbished unit or by Apple just lowering the price a bit for new units at the one-year mark. 
  • Reply 6 of 6
    Looks like someone with no design skill trying to pass this off as something apple would do. Lame. 
    Looks like someone at Apple with no design skill.  That's pretty common these days.

    (Just when we were hoping they wouldn't make it worse after the horrid iOS 7 design nightmare that we're still living with.)
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