iOS 17 What to Expect for Your iPhone Lock Screen and More
Apple’s iOS 17 software update is expected to bring significant changes to various aspects of your iPhone. The changes are rumored to include the lock screen, Control Center, App Library, Apple Music, Siri, Messages, and CarPlay. In this article, we’ll explore what to expect from iOS 17, including the surprising customization options for the lock screen and new features for Apple Music.
Customizable Lock Screen
iOS 16 brought personalized lock screens to iPhones, but iOS 17 is set to take this to the next level. According to a Weibo user who accurately leaked the existence of the yellow iPhone 14, iOS 17 will allow users to customize the lock screen font size and share their custom lock screen designs with other iPhone users. This feature is similar to the way Apple Watch faces can be shared between Apple Watch owners.
Control Center Changes
The Control Center is a shortcut page that allows you to access various features and settings on your iPhone. With iOS 17, the Control Center is expected to undergo major UI changes. Custom categories and other organizational features will reportedly be added to your iPhone’s App Library, making it easier to find and access your apps.
Apple Music Updates
iOS 17 will introduce several new features to Apple Music, including the ability to view song lyrics directly on your phone’s lock screen. Apple is also set to place more emphasis on reducing the amount of text in the Apple Music app, in favor of new images and graphics.
Siri and Messages Updates
iOS 17 is expected to bring significant updates to Siri and Messages. Siri’s on-screen interface is rumored to shift away from the bottom of the iPhone screen and up into the Dynamic Island on compatible devices (currently the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max). Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that you may soon only need to say “Siri” instead of “Hey Siri” when activating Apple’s personal assistant, which would bring the latter in line with Amazon’s Alexa.
CarPlay is expected to receive significant updates with iOS 17, although details about these changes are currently scarce. However, previous rumors suggest that CarPlay will receive a major overhaul, with a new user interface and more advanced features.
App Sideload Capability
One of the most significant changes expected with iOS 17 is the introduction of app sideloading on iPhones. This feature will allow users to install apps from sources outside of the official App Store. However, there are concerns that this could increase the risk of malware and other security threats on iPhones.
Compatibility and Release Date
There is still some uncertainty around which iPhones will be compatible with iOS 17. Some reports suggest that iOS 17 will drop support for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Others claim that iOS 17 will be compatible with all iPhones capable of running iOS 16. We’ll likely find out more at WWDC 2023 in June.
iOS 17 promises to bring significant changes to various aspects of your iPhone. From the customizable lock screen to the new features in Apple Music, users can expect to see improvements across the board. While there are still some uncertainties around compatibility and release date, the introduction of app sideloading and updates to Siri and CarPlay are sure to generate excitement among iPhone users.