New Home Lock Screen, Notification Center and Widgets
If you have recently upgraded your device to iOS 10, you may be seeing surprising new experiences on your device. In case some of the changes are not very easy to adapt to, let’s see how the new update has improve the UI on your device.
Raise to Wake
The motion co-processor in your device automatically lights up the screen when you pick up the phone or take it out of your pocket or bag. You can always disable this feature by going to Settings.
You know that notifications on iOS 10 show as opaque cards. You can swipe right on a notification to open it.
Replying to Messages and Interacting with Notifications
Notifications just got interactive with iOS 10. When you 3D Touch a notification on the lock screen, it will show 2-3 pop up options. You can choose what do with the notification with just a tap! For instance, if it is a Messages notification, a preview of the conversation along with the ability to reply to the message will pop up. You can now have a conversation without unlocking your iOS 10 device.
Note: 3D Touch does not work on iPhone SE, 5s or an iPad. But you can swipe left on the notification and tap on “View” for similar pop-ups.
Accessing Widgets on Lock Screen
Swipe right on the Lock screen will allow you to go to the Today view, where default Apple widgets such as Weather and Notes are available.
You may also want to get some third party widgets for your most used apps. You can check if your installed apps support widgets by opening the widgets screen, swiping to the bottom, and tapping on “+” on “Edit”.
Accessing Camera on Lock Screen
Swiping on any part of the Lock screen that is not occupied by notifications will take you to the Camera.
Unlocking iPhone or iPad
“Press Home to Unlock” or “Press Home to Open” have replaced ‘Slide to Unlock’. This means that unlocking your device with a Touch ID and opening the phone are now two different things.
For instance, the widget Activity would want you to unlock your device to view data. What you can do is just place your finder on the Home button, unlock the device and see the data.
Don’t like the new features? Want to go back to iOS 9? There is a setting that will virtually take you back to iOS 9. Go to “Settings”, open “Accessibility”, select “Home” and turn on “Rest Finger to Unlock” option.
Accessing the New Control Center
The redesigned Control Center has three panes – iPhone controls, Now Playing and Home. You can control your smart home devices right from the Lock screen if you have HomeKit set up by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and swiping left/right to switch between the panes.
Suggested Apps will show on the lower-left corner of the screen if you have multiple devices. To open the app, swipe up on the app icon.
Using Apple Pay
Double click the home button to see your cards and select a card you want to use.
So there you are! You can do so many things with the widgets without unlocking your phone and reply to messages directly from your Lock screen. Just place your finger on the Home button and unlock your phone!