9/14/16
7:56 am

The iOS 10 Lock Screen

The iOS 10 Lock Screen gives you access to the camera and to a new Widgets screen. On this widgets screen you can place various widgets from apps installed on your device, such as the Calendar, Mail, Music, Siri, and so on. You can edit the widgets on the screen and reorder them. Many third-party apps include widgets as well, and some have more than one widget you can add.

Video Transcript
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. On this episode let's take a look at the new Lock Screen in iOS 10.

Here's the Lock Screen of iOS 10. It doesn't look that much different. You've got the wallpaper background. You've got some very basic information at the very top there like the WiFi, the amount of power you've got.

At the bottom now it shows that you've got three different screens. Se we can swipe a little bit left or right to go and see those screen there. If I were to swipe left, it reveals to the right the Camera. Before you had this as a camera icon. So now it is kind of a regular screen on par with the main Lock Screen and the Widget Screen which we'll see in a second.

If you want to exit this screen just press the Home button again and it takes you back to the main Lock Screen.

Now if I swipe to the right it takes me to what's called the Widget Screen. This is very new. Before you would have seen things like Notifications and such on the main Lock Screen. It was kind of confusing to what would be presented there as opposed to what was presented on the regular Notifications screen. Here it's a little more clean cut.

You see information like weather and time at the top as well as a search box that you can search your iPad for whatever. It's a Spotlight search. You can search for apps, information, anything.

Then you see a list of basically notifications of other kinds of widgets that you can customize. Here I've got some basic ones; Calendar, some Siri app suggestions which are basically apps that I've most recently used or most commonly used, the News app, Reminders, Music, and Incoming Mail.

There is an Edit button at the bottom. Now I'm still in the Lock Screen. I have not logged in. I haven't entered my passcode yet. So if I were to try and do anything, let's say let's tap on this event here, it's going to ask me to enter touch ID here because I'm still technically locked out of my iPad. The same as if I'm on this screen here. I'm technically locked out.

I can, of course, with touch ID just put my thumb on the Home button there to get in. If I was to do that by using any of the functions here it would take me right to it. So, for instance, if wanted to actually go to a Calendar event I can tap it and then right now put my thumb on the Home button and it takes me right to it.

So back to the Lock Screen here. Let's say I want to change what's available here on this screen, the Widget Screen. I can hit the Edit button. I'm going to have to go into my iPad here, so unlock it. It takes me to a screen here that is separate from Settings. So this isn't the actual Settings app. This is a separate screen that you get to by hitting that Edit button. I can determine what's in here. You can see tons of different apps including third party apps that allow me to add widgets to the Home screen. I can use the plus button to add them.

So, for instance, I can add Notes to it. I can remove Notes by tapping the Minus button there. Remove it and it just goes back down to the bottom. I can also use the three lines to the right to tap and drag to move things around. So I can determine what's there.

Notice it says Left Column and Right Column. On the iPad if I hold it in the horizontal mode it will divide the widgets between left and right. So I can determine which one goes in which column. Otherwise they'll just appear in the order, starting with the left column and then going onto the right column.

After I customize what I want I can hit Done and it will return to the screen and you can see the changes. Mail is now higher up, for instance, in there. So I can play around with what I want to be on this Lock Screen.

Now this Widget Screen is not only available on the Lock Screen but on the Home screen if you swipe right from the first screen on the Home screen you get to the same Widget Screen. So it's available as part of the Lock Screen and is available as part of the series of Home screens. The difference being here, of course, is I'm already logged in so I can actually tap on something and it will take me right to it. So I can tap on one of those apps or mail message or something and go right to that piece of information in the app that's appropriate without having to then enter the passcode.

I can also access Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. I can do that while on the Lock Screen. So you can see the padlock on the top. I'm on the Lock Screen and I can access Control Center and all the different screens of Control Center in there.

If I don't want to be able to access that while I'm on the Lock Screen I can go into Settings and under Control Center I can turn that off to restrict access.

So one last thing I want to point out is that you can add apps in multiple ways. Notice here at the top I've got Calendar app and then I've got something called Up Next. You can see by the icon there that it is also part of the Calendar app but it's a different widget. If you look down further you can see Maps Destination, Maps Nearby, Maps Transit. So you can have one app that offers multiple widgets to give you multiple functionality inside of the Widget Screen on the Lock Screen or the Home Screen.

Comments: One Response to “The iOS 10 Lock Screen”

    Tripp Frohlichstein
    9/16/16 @ 7:38 am

    As always, a nice job of explaining. I thought I knew how to do this. After Gary’s video, I realized all I didn’t know. Thanks as usual.

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