iOS 17 update to turn your locked iPhones into smart displays

Apple is planning a new interface for iPhones as part of a flurry of new features coming in its iOS 17 software update.

| Updated on: May 25 2023, 09:18 IST
Apple WWDC 2023 event: iOS 17, 15-inch MacBook Air and more set to launch soon
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1/5 iOS 17: One of the most highlighted announcements of WWDC 2023, Apple is expected to stuff your iPhones with new features. From a dedicated Journal app, a Mood Tracker, a Control Center upgrade, increased functionality for Dynamic Island, added features for Apple Music, and much more -- iPhone fans have a lot of expectations from iOS 17. (Pexels)
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2/5 15-inch MacBook Air: As per Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, a larger MacBook Air can be launched at the event. The device is expected to feature a 15.5-inch display and will be powered by either the 8-core or 10-core GPU variants of the M2 chipset.  (HT Tech)
3/5 Mixed Reality Headset: Apple's highly-anticipated mixed reality headset may also be unveiled at the upcoming event. According to rumours, the headset is expected to come equipped with dual 4K micro-OLED displays and numerous cameras to map the environment and monitor facial expressions, gesture-based control methods, and more. (Representative) (AFP)
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4/5 watchOS 10: Not just iPhones, but Apple Watch users are expected to get the watchOS 10 announcement. It may come with some important features such as a new widget system to check information without opening the app, a customizable Digital Crown, a redesign for Apple Watch Home Screen, and more. (HT Tech)
5/5 Other software updates: Moreover, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, and tvOS 17 are also expected to be introduced.  (Unsplash)
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The new view is one of several changes planned for iOS 17, codenamed Dawn (AP)

Apple Inc. is planning a new interface for iPhones that shows information such as calendar appointments, the weather and notifications in the style of a smart-home display, part of a flurry of new features coming in its iOS 17 software update.

The view will appear when an iPhone is locked and positioned horizontally, operating similarly to dedicated displays offered by Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Inc., according to people familiar with the project. The idea is to make iPhones more useful when they're, for example, lying on a person's desk or nightstand.

The move is part of a broader push to embed live information in more parts of the company's software — an approach that also includes the Apple Watch's interface. The new view is one of several changes planned for iOS 17, codenamed Dawn, which will be released to consumers later in 2023. Apple plans to unveil the software alongside its mixed-reality headset at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on its plans for iOS 17.

The new iPhone interface will be similar to one that came to the Android operating system in a more basic form in 2019. Amazon also has long offered such an option on its tablets, allowing them to go into a mode that resembles the interface of its Echo Show smart-home devices.

The Apple feature will use a dark background with bright text to make it easier to read, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the work isn't yet public. It will build on the company's launch of lock screen widgets last year as part of iOS 16, which lets users see small snippets of information — like stock tickers, news and temperature — below the time on their screen vertically.

The Cupertino, California-based company is also working on a new horizontal interface for the iPad, but it's been slower to make major changes to that device. The new iPhone lock screen from iOS 16 isn't yet available on iPads, and home screen widgets that were launched in iOS 14 didn't arrive on the tablet until iPadOS 15.

Apple is exploring other ways to turn its devices into smart-home displays. That includes developing a low-cost tablet device that can magnetically attach to walls and stands, though the effort also has been slow going. That device could ultimately serve as Apple's entry into smart-home displays. It's designed to control things like thermostats and lights, show video, and handle FaceTime chats.

As part of iOS 17, Apple is also planning significant changes to the iPhone's Wallet app and will make enhancements to its location services. There will be a new journaling app designed to add note taking and a stronger social element to the device.

There are health changes as well, with new features for logging your mood and coping with weak vision. And Apple is planning to bring the Health app to the iPad.

The company is also working on upgrades for SharePlay, its feature that lets users FaceTime while collaborating in apps, as well as AirPlay, which beams content from Apple devices to TVs and speakers. It has held discussions with hotels and other places that offer TVs and speakers, aiming to make it easier for users to beam video and audio to devices they don't own.

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First Published Date: 25 May, 09:18 IST
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