iOS 11 Lock Screen Concept Shows off a Bevy of Changes

Various iPhone 8 and iOS 11 concepts have been proliferating lately, with app developer Matt Birchler jumping on the bandwagon with mockups of his own. We’re liking some of the smart ideas presented in his batch of thoughtfully done renderings that envision a much more useful Lock screen on iOS 11.

Going beyond simple things like checking the date and time, launching the camera, accessing your favorite widgets and seeing notifications that have arrived since your last unlock, Birchler is proposing a Lock screen with Apple Watch-like complications, user-selectable app shortcuts, alert bundles, smart notifications that could be augmented further with optional location information and so forth.


“All changes are based on things I think Apple can actually accomplish this year,” wrote Birchler. “This is not one of those mockups that suggest Apple should just throw everything out and start over.”

Notification Center
 
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.

Apple Watch-like complications on iPhone and iPad

Birchler posits that Apple should bring complications from watchOS over to iOS 11’s Lock screen. On watchOS, as I’m sure you know, complications are tiny visual elements from your favorite apps that can be added on a watch face that supports them in order to communicate important information as soon as you raise your wrist.
 Apple will shows us what we’re getting in iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 3 and tvOS 11 at its annual developers conference, which kicks off with a keynote on June 5.

 


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