Apple’s overhaul of the iOS 16 lock screen was an “act of love” to make the iPhone even more personal, according to Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi.
Apple’s introduction of an updated lock screen in iOS 16 gives users a way to personalize their iPhone, in addition to selecting a wallpaper. After WWDC, Craig Federighi and Apple Design VP Alan Dye discussed the development of the lock screen changes.
“We knew this was a multi-act play, and we knew our next venue would be the Lock Screen,” Federighi said. TechRadar† “We saw a real opportunity to take that area that’s really slowly evolved over time, but never seen such a huge step forward, and to do something really big — but something very Apples and very personal.”
Federighi calls it “an act of love this year.”
Dye explains, “Our goal was to make the iPhone even more personal — and certainly more useful — but also to keep the key elements that make iPhone, iPhone intact.”
He went on to say that the design team had a goal to “create something that felt almost more editorial, and to give the user the ability to create a lock screen that ultimately looks like a great magazine cover or movie poster, but the does in a way that hopefully is very easy to make, a lot of fun and even with a lot of automation there.”
Part of the look of a magazine is that there are elements that intersect, such as the subject of the wallpaper that appears in front of the clock. Dye says segmentation has been a team goal for years, but it had to wait for it to be perfect because “unless the segmentation is just ridiculously good, it breaks the illusion.”
Machine learning is also used to determine how to adjust a locked screen image to perfection. Federighi says there are “dozens of neural networks that judge the photo based on whether it’s a desirable subject, whether there are people there, how they’re framed and cropped in the photo, their expressions. All these things that we automatically come up with.” , really great , engaging options for people and then displaying them on screen in a way that makes them feel almost brand new.”
This information is used to provide users with a selection of looks to choose from, rather than specific filters. According to Dye, if the system doesn’t believe the image will look great, it simply won’t offer it to the user and instead choose something more appropriate.
“You get something so much more engaging than just putting a filter over the photo,” Federighi adds.
The introduction of more items on the lock screen was certainly inspired by the Apple Watch complications, Dye adds, to make them as uncluttered as possible. “There’s no question, one of the benefits of having one design team working on every product and the design of all of our products is that we learned a lot about easy-to-understand information and how to represent it in different images”
With notification changes, Dye offers the idea that they pour in from the bottom of the screen, which is nice for personalization “because so often we see notifications that completely obscure the photo on your lock screen, which we didn’t want to do with this new design.”
With the influx of a new iOS version, the additional personalization options may be confusing for some users, but Federighi is confident it will be accepted by the public. Apple has no intention of forcing users to make major changes to their lock screen if they don’t want to, and that it’s their choice to go along with it.
“Someone who would occasionally change the photo on their lock screen went into settings and went to that screen [that lets them make the change]”explains Federighi. “We meet them there, as they go there and some of this is not in the seed build now, but we make them aware of their option to either change what they did like they did in the past or to add another [lock screen]†