Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that the next software updates for iPhones may come with a feature that lets you view more items on your locked phone screen. Apple’s upcoming iOS 17 will reportedly have a Smart View setting that will show things like calendar appointments, weather, and notifications.
The screen will appear horizontal and resemble a smart home display such as those sold by Amazon and Google while your phone is locked and not on your desk or nightstand, Bloomberg said, citing unidentified sources. The report says it will have a “dark background with bright text,” so you can read the information easily.
While Apple last year launched lock screen widgets on iPhones and a customizable lock screen in iOS 16, the smart home screen will be a different experience, potentially giving you information without having to touch your phone.
A similar horizontal smart display is said to be coming to iPads at a later date.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the news will be revealed at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month.
Apple’s WWDC event will kick off with a keynote on June 5, where the tech giant is expected to unveil iOS 17, its mixed AR/VR virtual reality headset, and possibly the new MacBook Air. You’ll be able to watch WWDC online as well as on the Apple TV app.
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