The Lock Screen isn’t anymore just a screen that blocks intruders from reaching your personal information, but a complex user-friendly interface that brings a lot of information and functionality at the tips of your fingers, immediately after you Raise and Wake your iPhone. Read on and see how the new Lock Screen looks and works!
1. New Unlock Gesture
Perhaps the most important Lock Screen change is the way you unlock your device. Slide to Unlock has been replaced by Press Home to Unlock. With more and more iPhones owning a Touch ID, the traditional Slide to Unlock gesture becomes obsolete and is successfully replaced by the Raise to Wake + Rest Finger to Unlock combo, which allows users to get a glimpse at missed notifications, before the device is unlocked and the messages vanish from the screen.
2. Swipe-Right For Widgets
The change mentioned above has freed up functionality for the swipe right gesture. Instead of bringing up the Passcode requirement screen, the slide is used as a shortcut for Today’s View and the Widgets, formerly available within the Notification Center.
Similar to iOS 9 and older versions, Widgets can be added or removed via the Edit button available at the bottom of the view.
A new addition to the Widgets screen is the Spotlight search available at the top of the display. It allows you to quickly search your iPhone.
3. Swipe-Left For Camera
Until iOS 10, swiping left on the Lock Screen did not trigger any action. Things changed and you can now instantly open Camera, via this gesture shortcut. Snap a photo or capture a video and return to the Lock Screen by pressing the Home Button.
Fact: This replaces the Camera lock screen shortcut from older iOS versions, when the lens was activated with a swipe-up from the bottom-right corner of the Lock Screen. Obviously, the new shortcut is easier to access.
4. Swipe-Down for Notifications
Because the widgets have moved to the Swipe-Right shortcut, your unread Notifications are now unveiled when you Swipe-Down from the Lock Screen view. Tap on a prompt to open the app in question. Of course, that you have to enter your Passcode or use Touch ID to be able to access the notification.
Fact: The Today’s View and Notification Center still share the same interface, but they are implemented in two different panels that can be swiped left or right to unveil. If you open the Widget’s view you can swipe left for Notifications, or if you open them first, you can swipe right for Today’s View!
5. Swipe-Up For Control Center
It’s not the gesture that has changed. You could swipe-up before and unveil the same panel. It’s just that the Control Center has now been expanded and comes with two additional panels, totaling three: iPhone Controls, Now Playing and Home.
A large Night Shift button has been added to the iPhone Controls, the Music controls have been removed from the first panel and got their own card, while apps for Home Control find their functionality on the third panel.