To view a widget of any type requires effort from the user. iPhone and iPad users have to run a finger along the top of the screen to bring down the Notification Center widgets, and then scroll down to find the widget you want to view. That’s much the same as Notification Center on the Mac.
Is there a better way? Yes. With iOS 10 Apple will free the widgets so you can select the ones you want and view them on the iPhone or iPad’s lock screen. Easy peasy. Goodbye ‘Slide to Unlock’ and good riddance. Widgets will be visible on the lock screen and slide out from the right side of the screen with a swipe.
How cool is that?
Wait. What? No ‘Slide to Unlock?’ How does an iPhone and iPad get unlocked?
This is one of those areas where everything just works thanks to Touch ID. Just press the Home button. What if your iPhone or iPad model doesn’t have Touch ID? iPhones will. A few iPads will not.
Apple’s implementation seems straightforward. All the Today widgets will show up on the lock screen, easily and instantly viewable and usable. Even better is Siri’s ability to search for apps and display appropriate information on the screen.
Two rows of widgets can be displayed at once on the iPad thanks to larger screen real estate. The iPhone and iPad’s camera access has changed but is just as easy (if you can remember the change). Previously, on iOS 9, the lock screen would display a camera icon in the lower right corner. Swipe up and camera opens.
On iOS 10 just swipe the screen toward the left and the camera opens.
As usual, everything is subject to change and developer beta versions indicate Apple has some work to do between now and Octoberish to iron out bugs and make adjustments.
Isn’t this just eye candy?
Yes, but it’s good eye candy which makes the iPhone and iPad’s lock screen more usable with less effort. From what I can see, eye candy abounds in iOS 10, especially in Messages.
This is pure eye candy, Apple style.
Invisible Ink means a text message can be obscured– and not visible– until the recipient swipes across the message to reveal a photo, video, or text message underneath.
Eye candy? You bet. So are all the animations and stickers and other goodies now dumped into Messages. Why? Apple says Messages is the most used app on iPhone so it gets the most eye candy.