Thanks to iOS 16, your iPhone 12, iPhone 13 lock screen will change completely!
Apple announced iOS 16 in its WWDC 2022 keynote session. One of the biggest highlights is the new upgrades to the lock screen. Your iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and other supported devices will never be the same again.
Yesterday, June 6 was a big day for Apple as it announced a plethora of software and hardware launches over a period of one hour and thirty seven minutes. All the operating systems of Apple devices received update announcements including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS and WatchOS 9. The Cupertino-based tech giant also introduced its new Apple M2 chipset which will be powering the new MacBook Air. But amid all the announcements, the hero was still the iOS 16. While the software received new features and upgrades in almost every department, the most exciting change is probably being brought onto the lock screens. If you use an iPhone 13, iPhone 12 or any other iPhone model till iPhone 8 (iPhone 7 and below will not be getting the update), then your lock screen is going to change entirely. Read on. Also read: iOS 16 NOT coming to iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE 1st Gen, iPod Touch! What to do NOW?
iOS 16 brings exciting new changes to the iPhone lock screen
It will not be an exaggeration to say that the iPhone lock screen is getting a total overhaul. With the iOS 16 update, it will not only look different, it will also be able to provide more information and in newer ways. Plus, customizability becomes a huge part of this new lock-screen upgrade. So, whether you are using the iPhone 13 or iPhone 12, you will be able to experience unique fonts, new color themes and widgets! Yes, widgets have come to the lock screen for the first time ever. And it is super easy to add your favorite elements to the lock screen as well.
According to Apple, once you get the iOS 16 update, you can unlock the device and long press to bring out the ‘Customization' menu from where you can control various aspects of the look and functionality of the lock screen. Also read: Apple Watch Series 3 NO MORE getting updates! Good news for iPad users though
There are a plethora of choices for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 users to pick a wallpaper. Apple now offers different collections like Photos, Colors, emoji, weather, astronomy and more to pick the one you like the best. Additionally, a user can either stick with one wallpaper or shuffle between multiple photos. The date and time fonts are also customizable and there are various photo styles that can be applied.
The biggest addition to the lock screen are the widgets. Users will be able to add widgets and see information around weather, time, date, battery level, calendar events, alarms, time zones and more without needing to unlock the device. And more widgets can be coming to iOS 16 soon as Apple has made the Widget API available for the developers.
Finally, iOS 16 lock screens will also change the way notifications are displayed. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 users will notice that notifications are now added towards the bottom of the screen so that the information on top is never clogged. Apple has also added the Live Activities feature, which will keep you informed about the latest scores in a sporting event or let you track information about Uber without getting bombarded with multiple notifications.
Apple has announced that the public beta version of iOS 16 will be available by July and the stable versions will be rolled out globally in fall.