iOS users may Expect to see an Upgraded lockscreen – Report

Apple’s upcoming iOS 16 is likely to upgrade the lock screen, messaging and health features. Also: Another Apple car manager leaves, the company raises employee pay, and a closely watched union election gets canceled.

Last week on Power On: Covid-19 slams into Apple again, disrupting product shipments and office-return plans. 

Apple Inc.’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, better known as WWDC, is just about a week away. This is the event where the company outlines its software strategy for the next year.

That includes Apple’s next mobile operating system, iOS 16. From what I’m told, the new software—codenamed Sydney—is a fairly significant upgrade. It will be chock full of changes across the operating system, including updates to notifications, iPad multitasking, and the Messages and Health apps. The makeover also includes a part of the interface that’s often an afterthought: the lock screen.

Personally, I don’t spend much time on my iPhone’s lock screen. I can’t remember the last time that I’ve swiped to the right on it to open the widgets panel. When I want to read through notifications, I typically unlock my phone, then view the notification panel from inside the system. I’d venture to guess my most used lock-screen feature is the flashlight button. 

That’s probably going to change with iOS 16 and the iPhone 14. Apple is planning major enhancements for the lock screen, including wallpapers that have widget-like capabilities.

Further, I’m told iOS 16 builds in future support for an always-on lock screen, something Apple was originally planning for last year’s iPhone 13. This would allow the iPhone to turn down the frame rate significantly on the lock screen and display quickly glanceable information—similar to newer Apple Watches. 

I’m told to expect the always-on mode as an exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models, codenamed D73 and D74, if the feature ends up making the cut. As I’ve discussed previously, other iPhone 14 Pro features include a new front-facing camera and Face ID cutout, an A16 chip and a 48-megapixel back camera. There’s also the possibility of sending emergency texts over satellite networks. Click here to read more.


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