Thursday, September 1, 2016

iOS 10 New Lock Screen Functionality

There are some tremendously useful, cool and fun new changes coming soon in iOS 10.  In this blog, I'm going to cover some great new features coming to the Lock Screen.  

In iOS 10, the Lock Screen has been given a major overhaul, with the removal of the iconic "Slide to Unlock" feature, a new Widgets side panel, a redesigned Control Center, as well as new and revamped notifications.  The Lock screen also has a crisp new look and feel, as notifications no longer dim the wallpaper. With the availability of Touch ID in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, many users were skipping their Lock screens and ended up missing their notifications, so Apple happily implemented some changes to help prevent you from missing them. 

A new feature called "Raise to Wake" activates the Lock screen of the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE when picked up, displaying all information on the screen without the need to put a finger on the Touch ID home button.

The famous "Slide to Unlock," the feature that let you swipe right to access the passcode screen, has happily been eliminated. The Lock screen now informs users to "Press home to unlock" on a device that has yet to be unlocked with a finger registered to Touch ID or "Press home to open" on a device that has been unlocked but not opened to the Home screen.

On pre-iOS 10 devices, Touch ID used to simultaneously unlock a device and open it to the Home screen (when a finger was placed on the Touch ID button), but now a physical press is required as an extra step. This way, your notifications can be read in full before a device is unlocked, preventing them from being missed.  

Apple has replaced the old "Slide to Unlock" screen is a new Widgets panel, activated with a simple right swipe. The Widgets panel displays all of the widgets that were previously available in the Today section of the Notification Center. iOS 10 brings some welcome "new" built-in widgets, including Mail, Maps (Destination, Nearby, and Transit), favorite contacts, Music, Notes, and Photos (Memories).  Widgets are not available in the Notification Center when on the Home screen, but when in an app and accessing the Notification Center, widgets continue to be available through a right swipe on the screen.  My favorite new feature on the lock screen is the new Left swipe, which brings up the camera, making it so much simpler to quickly take a photo.

Another great feature has Apple adding 3D touch capabilities to Notifications on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (and the coming 7 and 7Plus), allowing you to do more without having to leaving the Lock screen, like viewing photos and videos and responding to incoming text Messages. Notifications have also been streamlined across watchOS, tvOS, and iOS. 

The Notification Center no longer has the "Today" view, now offering up a simple list of all incoming Notifications and a search bar for quick access to Spotlight search. 3D Touch in the Notification Center now offers up an option to clear all notifications at once, a nice change for faster management of your notifications.

Well those are some of the great new features coming soon to the Lock screen in iOS 10.  Thanks for reading, and come back next week for some additional great iOS 10 features.

Until next time, best to you and your devices!

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