Josepha has published the rough plan for WordPress 5.9, which will not be released in December 2021 as planned, but will probably not be released until January 25, 2022:
The release aims to make full site editing accessible to all WordPress users for the first time.
The main goals for WordPress 5.9 are:
- Blocks + intrinsic web design
- Navigation menus
- Interface for theme.json
- Refining editing flows for block themes
- New default theme
- Additional design tools
A new standard theme is also planned, which will then probably be block-based. Twenty Twenty-Two, here we come.
updates: WordPress 5.9 has been postponed and will therefore probably not be released on December 14th, but probably on January 25th, 2022: WP 5.9 Delayed …
For details on what’s new in WordPress 5.9, see Video: A First Look at WordPress 5.9.