June 4, 2023

By Mark Gurman | Bloomberg

Apple is planning a brand new interface for iPhones that reveals info similar to calendar appointments, the climate and notifications within the type of a smart-home show, a part of a flurry of latest options coming in its iOS 17 software program replace.

The view will seem when an iPhone is locked and positioned horizontally, working equally to devoted shows supplied by Alphabet’s Google and Amazon.com, in keeping with folks accustomed to the challenge. The thought is to make iPhones extra helpful after they’re, for instance, mendacity on an individual’s desk or nightstand.

The transfer is a part of a broader push to embed reside info in additional elements of the corporate’s software program — an method that additionally consists of the Apple Watch’s interface. The brand new view is one in all a number of adjustments deliberate for iOS 17, codenamed Daybreak, which will likely be launched to customers later in 2023. Apple plans to unveil the software program alongside its mixed-reality headset on the Worldwide Builders Convention on June 5.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to touch upon its plans for iOS 17.

The brand new iPhone interface will likely be just like one which got here to the Android working system in a extra fundamental kind in 2019. Amazon additionally has lengthy supplied such an choice on its tablets, permitting them to enter a mode that resembles the interface of its Echo Present smart-home units.

The Apple characteristic will use a darkish background with vibrant textual content to make it simpler to learn, in keeping with the folks, who requested to not be recognized as a result of the work isn’t but public. It can construct on the corporate’s launch of lock display screen widgets final 12 months as a part of iOS 16, which lets customers see small snippets of data — like inventory tickers, information and temperature — beneath the time on their display screen vertically.

The Cupertino-based firm can also be engaged on a brand new horizontal interface for the iPad, but it surely’s been slower to make main adjustments to that system. The brand new iPhone lock display screen from iOS 16 isn’t but obtainable on iPads, and residential display screen widgets that had been launched in iOS 14 didn’t arrive on the pill till iPadOS 15.

Apple is exploring different methods to show its units into smart-home shows. That features growing a low-cost pill system that may magnetically connect to partitions and stands, although the trouble additionally has been sluggish going. That system may finally function Apple’s entry into smart-home shows. It’s designed to regulate issues like thermostats and lights, present video, and deal with FaceTime chats.

As a part of iOS 17, Apple can also be planning vital adjustments to the iPhone’s Pockets app and can make enhancements to its location providers. There will likely be a brand new journaling app designed so as to add note-taking and a stronger social aspect to the system.

There are well being adjustments as nicely, with new options for logging your temper and dealing with weak imaginative and prescient. And Apple is planning to deliver the Well being app to the iPad.

The corporate can also be engaged on upgrades for SharePlay, its characteristic that lets customers FaceTime whereas collaborating in apps, in addition to AirPlay, which beams content material from Apple units to TVs and audio system. It has held discussions with motels and different locations that provide TVs and audio system, aiming to make it simpler for customers to beam video and audio to units they don’t personal.