iOS 17 will bring “significant” changes to the Control Center on the iPhone, according to a MacRumors forum member who leaked precise details of the Smart Island on the device ahead of last year’s iPhone 14 Pro launch. In an email, the anonymous source added that iOS 17 will focus on performance and stability improvements, but a revamped Control Center could be one of the more prominent changes brought by the software update.
Apple is expected to announce iOS 17 during its WWDC 2023 keynote on June 5, and as usual, the first beta should be available to developers later in the day.
The sources didn’t provide any specific details about planned changes to the Control Center, which looks largely unchanged since the release of iOS 11 in 2017. The menu provides iPhone users with easy access to controls for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, display brightness, volume, and many other system functions. On iPhone X and newer models, Control Center can be opened by swiping down from the upper right corner of the screen.
Introduced in iOS 7, Control Center turns 10 years old this year. On a speculative basis, Apple could make the Control Center more customizable and revise the menu’s design after six years of minimal changes, but exactly what changes, if any, remain to be seen.
While the forum member has a good track record of iOS-related disclosures, this rumor has yet to be confirmed by other sources, and Apple’s plans could change.