iOS 17 will turn locked iPhones into smart home-style displays, report says

According to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The interface will display information such as appointments, weather and notifications in the style of a smart home screen when the phone is locked and placed in landscape.

Gurman notes that the interface will work similarly to smart home devices from Google and Amazon. The idea behind the reported feature is to make iPhones more useful when they’re not actually being used and sitting on a table or nightstand. This feature will use a dark background with light text to make it easier to read from a distance.

Smart home-style displays will build on Apple’s lock screen widgets, launched last year as part of iOS 16 and allows users to see small pieces of information, such as weather and news, below the time on their lock screen.

Gurman said Apple is working to bring this smart home display feature to the iPad, but noted that the company isn’t bringing the features to the iPad as quickly as it is with the iPhone, because the iPhone’s lock screen widgets aren’t yet available. use on iPad.

The report also says that Apple is planning to introduce significant changes to the iPhone’s Wallet app with iOS 17 and will add improvements to its location services. Other changes include the addition of a dedicated journaling app designed to help users record their thoughts. Additionally, Apple is said to be working on updates to SharePlay, which is a feature that allows users to stream TV shows, movies, and music in sync with friends and family while on a call. FaceTime together.

AirPlay, which allows you to stream or share content from your Apple devices to a compatible Apple TV or smart TV, will also receive some updates. Gurman writes that the tech giant has been in talks with hotels to make it easier for users to stream video and audio to devices they don’t own.

German previous report that Apple is working on emotion tracking technology and plans to launch an iPad version of the iPhone Health app this year. Apple’s Health app will also have tools to monitor emotions and manage vision conditions, such as nearsightedness.

Apple will probably reveal the smart home display feature along with iOS 17 at Global Developers Conference on June 5. The tech giant is expected to release a new AR/VR headset and the xrOS operating system that powers it, along with new Mac software and laptops.


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