The true star of iOS 16 is iPhone’s Lock Screen

Apple’s iOS 16 offers the biggest ever update to the iPhone lock screen, the ability to edit and collaborate in Messages, new tools in Mail, and other ways to interact with photos and videos with real-time text and visual search. iOS 16 is now available as a free software update.

Users can now add widgets to the lock screen, making it easy to get information at a glance such as the progress of the activity ring, weather and calendar events.
Users can now add widgets to the lock screen, making it easy to get information at a glance such as the progress of the activity ring, weather and calendar events.

David Pierce for The Verge:

iOS is excellent and mature software, and Apple is clearly no longer looking for an excuse to reinvent the wheel. But this year, Apple found a part of its software that hasn’t gotten much attention recently and gave it a new look.

The lock screen is the real star of iOS 16. Apple has completely rethought its purpose, moving it from a simple clock and a bunch of notifications to something much more like a second home screen. Lock screen widgets have been an instant update of my phone life: now I can see my calendar without unlocking the phone or even swipe right to access that page of widgets everyone always forgets and I have a little widget that launches a new note in my notes app …

And when you pair it with the always-on displays on the iPhone 14 Pro, the iPhone becomes a source of useful information without requiring a single tap … As for Apple, I think the company is on the right track. He’s clearly invested in turning the iPhone into more than just a collection of apps …

Note from MacDailyNews: You can personalize your iPhone’s lock screen by adding a wallpaper, customizing colors and fonts, overlaying photos by time, and much more.

You can also add widgets with information from your favorite apps to the lock screen, such as today’s headlines, weather, and calendar events.

You can even create more than one lock screen and switch between them. Since each lock screen can be linked to a focus, you can change your focus by switching to a different lock screen.

How to customize your iPhone lock screen via Apple Support here.

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