Apple rumored to redesign the iPhone’s Control Center in iOS 17

iOS 17 could bring major changes to the iPhone’s Control Center on its tenth anniversary, according to a source with a proven track record.

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  • What’s happening? A tipster claims that iOS 17 will bring “major” changes to the iPhone’s Control Center but doesn’t reveal what those differences might be.
  • Why care? The Control Center has looked the same since 2017. Hopefully, the redesign will include the ability to adjust the layout of the toggles, no?
  • What to do? Did you know you can assign an app to a Control Center toggle? If not, then we have a tutorial for you!

iOS 17 could redesign the Control Center on the iPhone

This information comes from a MacRumors forum member who leaked accurate details about the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro before the official unveiling.

“In an email, the anonymous source added that iOS 17 will be focused on performance and stability improvements, suggesting that a revamped Control Center could be one of the more prominent changes coming with the software update,” MacRumors writes.

iOS 17 will be primarily a maintenance release with bug fixes and some new features, but no tentpole ones, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. That doesn’t mean there won’t be anything new in iOS 17 to excite customers, like a revamped Control Center, but the main focus will be reliability and performance.

Happy tenth anniversary, Control Center!

The Control Center launched alongside the Great Flattening of the iOS user interface back in 2013, remaining largely unchanged until iOS 11 arrived in 2017.

That’s when we got the Control Center we know and love today. Since the feature is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, a visual overhaul would be good.

Available with a downward swipe from the iPhone’s top-right corner, the Control Center provides toggles for quickly turning commonly used features on or off, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, and so on. The feature also offers a bunch of handy shortcuts to access your camera, volume and display sliders, the Wallet app, smart home appliances, the Calculator app, Light/Dark modes, etc.

Since debuting the Control Center on the iPhone ten years ago, Apple has expanded the feature to the Apple TV, Apple Watch and Mac.

Control Center tutorials