Gurman: Apple Preparing to Debut Enhanced Lock Screen, Windowing in iPadOS, Redesigned Mac Apps, and More at WWDC
Apple is planning to debut an enhanced Lock Screen with iOS 16, improved multitasking in iPadOS 16, refined navigation in watchOS 9, additional smart home features in tvOS 16, redesigned apps in macOS 13, and more, according Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.
In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman outlined his expectations for all of Apple's upcoming operating systems, including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and macOS 13. He believes that the updates will be "fairly significant."
Apple is reportedly planning to introduce a number of changes to the Lock Screen with iOS 16, including a new kind of wallpaper that displays information:
Apple is planning major enhancements for the Lock Screen, including wallpapers that have widget-like capabilities.
Further, I'm told iOS 16 builds in future support for an always-on lock screen, something Apple was originally planning for last year's iPhone 13.
With regards to iPadOS 16, Gurman expects "major changes to windowing and multitasking," while tvOS 16 will purportedly gain "more smart-home tie-ins."
Gurman expects the Messages app to gain "more social network-like functionality, particularly around audio messages." The Health app is not expected to expand to iPadOS or macOS, although "plenty of new features" are said to be on the way that work with the iPhone and the Apple Watch.
watchOS 9 will allegedly include "significant improvements to watchOS that affect day-to-day operating and navigation," alongside refreshes for existing Apple Watch faces and a new Low Power Mode.
Gurman claims that macOS 13 will overhaul System Preferences to bring it more in line with iOS's Settings app, including individual settings being organized by app, as well as other redesigns for default apps.
iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and macOS 13 are expected to be previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, June 6, followed by a beta testing period before the updates are widely released in the fall.