Expected with iOS 16, the new features specific to the lock screen would not only be the prerogative of the iPhone 14. They would also concern current models … and that would be the least of things.
Apple will logically announce iOS 16 on June 6, during its WWDC 2022, and will deploy a first beta for developers in stride. This new version of the iPhone operating system would include several major new features, starting with an “always-on” mode that Apple would reserve for its future iPhone 14 Pro (expected this fall). New features specific to the lock screen would also be on the menu… but we learn this time that they could benefit older models.
Unlike the “always-on” mode, which would be based on a new OLED LTPO 2.0 display technology (which can go down to 1 Hz), this revamped lock screen would not require any particular new hardware to work. In other words, your current iPhone will likely be eligible for these features.
Apple would no longer like to reserve Widgets only for the home screen
Among them: the addition of widgets (in a form that remains to be specified) for the lock screen. At least that’s what Mark Gurman, journalist for Bloombergwhich evokes this week in its newsletter “Power On” of the “ major improvements, including wallpapers with widget-like capabilities “. According to him, these new features concern, among other things, the iPhone 13, launched last year.
As a reminder, it is possible to use widgets on the iPhone since the deployment of iOS 14, in 2020, but these are however reserved for the home screen. They cannot be used directly from the lock screen, which is also not immediately customizable. If rumors are to be believed, iOS 16 could change that.
But of course, we will have to wait until June 6 and Apple’s Keynote to get to the bottom of it. Other clues also suggest that the group would take advantage of its WWDC 2022 to unveil “realityOS”, its operating system dedicated to virtual and augmented realities. It is also not excluded that Apple takes advantage of the event to unveil new hardware. A new MacBook Air could also be presented there.
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