With all the talk regarding the iPhone 8, we’re yet to hear about the upcoming iOS version. The 10th year iPhone is set to debut with iOS 11, so it’s only fair that we get a brief idea of where Apple is headed. A fresh concept gives us a very good idea of what Apple might do with its new OS and the lock screen in particular.
A new concept posted by Birchtree talks about a dynamic new lock screen UI, where more control is given to the users. The concept discusses the possibility of adding a small widget for weather right under the carrier marker. It is possible that Apple will allow third-party apps to display weather data within this space as well.
Next up is the unification of notifications from a particular app. This makes a lot of sense and will reduce clutter on the lock screen. This means that if you have multiple messages from a particular app, they will be displayed in one window. Using 3D Touch, each individual message can be seen and replied to, thus offering deeper control to the users right within the lock screen. Interestingly, the concept also discusses a location marker for messages. This could be an optional feature or something that could be enabled for your Find My Friends contacts.
Using 3D Touch, each individual message can be seen and replied to, thus offering deeper control to the users right within the lock screen. Interestingly, the concept also discusses a location marker for messages. This could be an optional feature or something that could be enabled for your Find My Friends contacts.
Something called “Smart Notifications” is also being touted by this concept. This will basically give you a detailed rundown of an upcoming event (shown here with Fantastical) and prompt you when it’s time for your meeting. Data will be sent to you based on your current location, and you can even opt to receive transit details via Apple Maps. This Smart Notifications feature can be controlled with a swipe left gesture, which will take you to the Settings page.
Lastly, the concept floats the idea of adding some of your most used apps right within the lock screen. While Siri currently offers suggestions on the notifications panel, adding some of your favorite apps on the lock screen will save you a lot of time. With Apple rumored to embed the fingerprint scanner right under the display panel, an idea like this doesn’t seem too far-fetched. A new and efficient looking notifications marker is also being mentioned. This space could display the kind of notifications you have rather than just the number.
While we probably won’t see all of these ideas implemented with iOS 11, this concept gives us a very good idea of what to expect from the next big iOS upgrade. Apple is expected to discuss the future of iOS at WWDC 2017 which will be held in San Jose from the 5th of June.