iOS 17 to turn iPhone Lock Screen into ‘smart-home display’
iOS 17 is rumored to include an all-new ‘smart-home display’ feature that will show information such as calendar appointments, the weather and notifications in the style of a smart-home display, according to a report from Bloomberg on Wednesday.
The insight claims that the new UI will appear when an iPhone is locked and positioned horizontally, making the device more useful when it is resting on a person’s desk or nightstand.
The rumored new iOS 17 feature comes amid reports that Apple is developing an all-new iPad-like smart home device for controlling HomeKit accessories, making FaceTime calls, and more.
Bloomberg claims that the new iOS 17 ‘smart-home display’ feature will operate similarly to dedicated devices offered by Google and Amazon, although no further details were shared.
Codenamed “Dawn,” iOS 17 isn’t expected to include as many major improvements as iOS 16 did, which introduced the ability to customize the Lock Screen to allow users to change the look of the date and time with type styles and colour choices, add widgets, relocated notifications, and more however, the update is rumored to boast several “nice to have” features, including several of users’ “most requested features.”