With the latest OS update Apple aims to sprinkle some magic onto your Lock Screen experience! The iPhone could take on a new role as a "smart-home display", it will showcase your calendar appointments, weather updates, notifications, and even HomeKit data, treating you to an interface akin to the Echo Show or Google Nest Hub. Apple may have more surprises up its sleeve, including the ability to share custom Lock Screens and immersive Live Activity options for apps like Maps. The iPad might also join the Lock Screen customization party, finally catching up with its iPhone counterpart.
There's more to iOS 17 than just the Lock Screen bonanza! Rumour has it that the Control Center is in for a revamp, offering a new look and enhanced functionality. The iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island could receive an expansion, Maps might receive a new lock screen interface, and the Music and Wallet apps could undergo some streamlining for a smoother experience. And let's not forget about the iPad! iPadOS 17 might inherit the lock screen customization goodies from iOS 16, and there's even talk of a tablet-native Health app making its debut. Accessibility takes the spotlight as well, with Apple previewing a range of iOS features aimed at making the iPhone more user-friendly for people with disabilities. WWDC could also be the stage where Apple finally spills the beans on the next-gen CarPlay interface, teased during the previous conference. Oh, and here's a juicy tidbit—an intriguing update on the horizon could potentially enable side loading. Rumor has it that iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 might allow you to install apps outside the App Store, just like on Android. Imagine the possibilities—directly downloading apps from the web or through third-party stores, opening up a world of web browsers with their own engines, breaking free from Apple's existing rules.