Apple’s new iPhone operating system for 2022, iOS 16 is just one week away from unveiling, and we’re starting to get a clear idea of what to expect.
Widely respected liar Mark Gurman, in his regular newsletter for Bloomberg, predicts that the iOS 16 update will include a comprehensive overhaul of the iPhone lock screen, the interface that appears when the device is illuminated but not yet unlocked. Currently it only shows date and time, quick-access buttons for flashlights and cameras, and (if relevant) now-playing media controls. But Gurman hopes for “a big improvement for the lock screen, including widget-like wallpapers.”
Widgets are interactive blocks that sit on the home screen of the iPhone today (since iOS 14 was launched) and provide instant access to basic app or system functionality. The Battery Widget shows the power level of the connected device, for example, My Search widget shows the location of selected contacts or items. Gurman did not specify how this type of functionality would appear on a wallpaper, but it would be easy to see: details of the day’s busyness on the calendar, perhaps, or minimal information about the weather.
This is partly because of the visual economy গুরুত্বপূর্ণ it is important not to overwhelm the user with external information unless they have specifically figured it out কিন্তু but partly because Gurman also hopes that this refined lock screen will always offer ongoing functionality. This means that, unlike the screens of recent Apple Watch models, it doesn’t need to be raised or tapped to show a basic interface: the minimum information will always be displayed on the screen.
To ensure that this does not kill battery life, Gurman predicts that the always-running version of the lock screen will have a “significantly” lower refresh rate; We anticipate that, like the Apple Watch, it will fade and aesthetically simplify, some visual elements will be removed and others will be animated to static.
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All of this is interesting একটি a permanent entry on the always-on-screen iPhone owners’ list of favorites, and was expected to appear last year — but still don’t get too excited. Based on Gurman’s predictions, it won’t be available as a previous upgrade like most iOS features and won’t even work on all new iPhones this year; It will only work on iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, he thinks. This will be, in other words, another point of difference between the Pro model and the annoying iPhone 14.
Did Gurman get this prediction right? Most likely, but it does not bet your house. As much as Liqueur has been widely read and respected, he still makes some mistakes: AppleTrack has now given him a strong assignment instead of an 86.5% accuracy rating. And in that case you’ll notice that he covers himself with the words “if the feature is gone” in the case of the always-on-lock screen.
Anyway, at WWDC 2022 Keynote on June 7, we’ll find out exactly what Apple has for the iPhone. McWorld will cover all the announcements as they happen, so join us here for a day of fun and expert analysis.