Unified World Communications iOS 10 - Lock Screen

With iOS 10 comes some slight changes which in some ways can make responding to notifications much easier and for others unlocking their phone much more complicated.

When iPhone OS 1 came out 9 years ago, Apple introduced the world to slide to unlock, a method to unlock a phone which became common in almost every modern touch screen device in one way or another.

With iOS 9 and the release of the iPhone 6S, Apple encountered a problem, unlocking a phone with Touch ID some complained that it was too fast. People wanted to wake their phone and glance at their notifications and not unlock their phone.

This was convenient if you have many notifications from multiple apps, calendar invites, emails, IMessages, WhatsApp messages, Facebook Notifications. As soon as you touch the home button on an iPhone 6S the phone was unlocked and you’d have to navigate to each app in order to see those notifications. This was more time consuming that just seeing them at a glance.

Coming up in iOS 10, the home screen is changing, you now wake up the device with the power button, home button (if touch ID doesn’t recognise you) or by picking up the phone on iPhone 6S.

In order to respond to any notifications here you will need to rest your finger on the touch id button to see an unlocked status on the top of the device. If this does not recognise you it will prompt you for a pin.

Here you see the new lock screen interface with notifications in a list view, each notification is accessible from this screen. For example, you have a message from your family, you can swipe left on this notification to see the message in full and reply right there in the lock screen without going into that app, reply and be right there in your list of next notifications. If you have a 6S you can push on a notification to achieve the same function.

Along with the new functionality of notifications within the lock screen you now swipe to the right to access widgets and swipe left to access the camera. This gives the lock screen much more function than in any previous version of iOS.

In order to unlock the device and reach the home screen of apps you then need to simply push the home button in.

The idea works on a similar principle to the Apple Watch in that you do everything from the main screen you rarely access the ‘app screen’. Most of the time people are responding to incoming notifications and requests, the new lock screen allows this without having to go into an app, back out and then into another and then out and then remembering a third on and then back out.

You do it all from the lock screen.

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