It’s one of a slew of changes Apple has in store for the lock screen.
With WWDC 2022 less than a week away, more information about what Apple may reveal at its annual developer conference is becoming available. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said the Apple will have a lot to say about iOS 16, including improvements to the lock screen, in his current Power On newsletter. Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system, according to Gruman, will have wallpapers with widget-like capabilities.
Additionally, iOS 16 is expected to contain support for an always-on display feature, which will be limited to Apple’s forthcoming iPhone Pro models at first. These gadgets would be able to display notifications and other glanceable information without having to completely wake their displays. That’s a feature that’s been available on many Android phones for a long time, and Apple was rumored to be planning to include it in the iPhone 13 last year before changing its mind.
According to Gurman, iOS 16 will contain improvements to how the operating system handles multitasking and windowing, confirming his earlier forecasts. Apple is likely working on a means to enable iOS users resize app windows, according to Gurman, citing a recent tweet from developer Steve Troughton-Smith. This is a function that would be very helpful on the iPad.
According to Gurman, the company will also introduce new social network-like capabilities to Messages. We won’t have to wait long to find out what Apple has in store for iOS 16. On June 6th, WWDC 2022 will begin.
Furthermore, the iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display feature would allow those devices to display notifications and other glanceable information without having to fully wake their displays. That’s a feature that’s been available on many Android phones for a long time, and Apple was rumoured to be planning to include it in the iPhone 13 last year before changing its mind.
“I’m told iOS 16 builds in future support for an always-on lock screen, something Apple was initially considering for last year’s iPhone 13,” Gurman writes in his newsletter. This would allow the iPhone to dramatically reduce the frame rate on the lock screen and display instantly glanceable information, similar to how newer Apple Watches do.”