WWDC 2023: Love it or not, Apple may change your Map experience on iPhone with this iOS 17 feature

iOS 17 will change the way to interact with your Maps on an iPhone. Know what is coming.

| Updated on: May 31 2023, 15:19 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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iOS 17 is expected to be announced in June 2023 during the WWDC event. (Unsplash)

As iOS 17 announcement nears, there are new features being leaked on the Web, which again proves that the next iOS update will be a game-changer. As per leaks and rumour mills, Apple will announce iOS 17 during the WWDC 2023 event which is scheduled for June 5. After a series of expected features of iOS 17, a Twitter user named @analyst941 again came up with detailed information about a new feature that your iPhone may get, 9to5Mac reported. Apple is said to be preparing a new feature called Apple Maps Live Activity for the Lock Screen. Here's how it will work with iOS 17 update.

Apple Maps Live Activity for the Lock Screen in iOS 17

Well, whether you love it or not, Apple will bring this big change to your iPhone's Lock Screen while introducing the Maps Live Activity in the forthcoming iOS 17 update. 9to5Mac report quoted leakster @analyst941's tweet (which no longer exists), "Love it or don't, Apple doesn't care – this is the new Maps 'Live Activity' for Lock Screen (all iPhones)."

So, far, users of Apple Maps had to keep the app open in order to track their destination. However, with the new Lock Screen live activity feature, iPhone users will now have the ability to minimize the Apple Maps display to the size of the music player widget. By simply tapping once, it can be quickly expanded to full size. While the Lock Screen Map display won't offer interactivity, it will dynamically update to provide users with real-time information regarding their current location and navigation directions.

The leak suggests that there will be a seamless transition while unlocking and you will be able to view notifications over the map by swiping up as usual. However, it will be interesting to see if Apple will keep this feature limited to Apple Maps or extend it to other apps such as Google Maps.

Moreover, iOS 17 is expected to bring major UI changes to Control Center, new Siri commands, more Focus Mode filters, Lock Screen customization, notification changes, custom Accessibility settings, flashlight brightness adjustment option, active widgets, CarKey improvements, camera app changes, always-on-display features, and a lot more.

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First Published Date: 10 May, 18:45 IST