At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, a new Lock Screen experience was introduced for iOS 16, changing the face of the iPhone in exciting ways. The Lock Screen is presented when the iPhone is woken and is seen multiple times each day. With the updates coming, there will be less need to fully unlock an iPhone since more information will be available at a glance.
Apple’s WWDC event is where the biggest annual changes to iOS and other Apple operating systems are announced. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these are previews only, and the full release won’t come until later in the fall of 2022. The idea is to give developers a chance to learn about the new features and begin planning for how their apps can be updated to take advantage of the new capabilities.
With iOS 16, the iPhone will have the ability to add Widgets to the Lock Screen. This makes it much easier to glance at the information needed without opening an app or unlocking the iPhone. Quickly checking the weather, keeping a finger on the pulse of the stock market, or monitoring activity levels for the day from the iPhone’s Lock Screen will be a big time saver. Third-party developers will be able to take advantage of this feature via a WidgetKit API, so it might not be long before all of the top apps have Lock Screen Widgets for iOS 16. That’s just the beginning, and more Lock Screen advances were announced, making this one of the most notable changes in many years.
IOS 16 Lock Screen Photos & Notifications
iOS 16 also introduces a new look for Lock Screen photos. The cool depth effect that appears on the Apple Watch where the time floats behind a subject is coming to the iPhone. It’s very eye-catching and looks even better on the bigger screen than it does on the Apple Watch. Users can also change the clock font, and filter effects can be applied to photos, providing lots of little personalization details. A live-weather wallpaper animates and can show lightning strikes when it’s raining. It’s a fresh new look for the Lock Screen.
Notifications are also animated in iOS 16, rolling in from the bottom in an interesting way. Live Activities is a new notification style for time-sensitive information, such as sports scores, workouts, and other events that happen on a schedule. In addition, the iPhone’s music player will be a Live Activity and has playback controls on the Lock Screen. Apple also brought its Focus controls to the iPhone’s Lock Screen, making this feature more convenient to use.