Developers Now Able to Create Live Activities for iOS 16 Lock Screen With Launch of ActivityKit Beta

Alongside the fourth betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 that were released to developers today, Apple has provided an ActivityKit beta, which will let app developers start creating apps that are able to take advantage of the Live Activities feature introduced in ‌iOS 16‌.

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Announced at WWDC, Live Activities are interactive notifications that stay up to date, allowing you to keep an eye on things happening in real time right from the Lock Screen. If you're following a sports game, for example, you can see the updated score on the Lock Screen, or if you're waiting for a Uber ride, you can watch for your driver to approach.

With the ActivityKit framework, you can start a Live Activity to share live updates from your app on the Lock Screen. For example, a sports app might allow the user to start a Live Activity for a live sports game. The Live Activity appears on the Lock Screen for the duration of the game and offers the latest updates about the game at a glance.

Developers can use ActivityKit to configure, start, update, and end a Live Activity. Apple says an app's widget extension creates the user interface of the Live Activity, but Live Activities are not widgets and ultimately use a different mechanism to receive updates.

On Apple's ‌iOS 16‌ Preview page, Live Activities is listed as a feature that are not going to be available when ‌iOS 16‌ and ‌iPadOS 16‌ launch, but Apple is allowing developers to get a head start on adding the experiences into their apps. Apple says that Live Activities will come in an update to ‌iOS 16‌ set to debut later in the year.

Developers will not be able to submit apps that support Live Activities until the feature launches in the future.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16

Top Rated Comments

mcfrazieriv Avatar
2 weeks ago
Will that live preview for Uber show the car/ride/delivery vehicle spin in circles for twenty minutes before it cancels on you?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexandr Avatar
2 weeks ago
This could be a very cool feature. I hope companies take advantage of this. I was exited about app clips when that was announced, and since then I came across 1(one)... Perhaps it's just my experience.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CARIB_APPLE Avatar
2 weeks ago

This could be a very cool feature. I hope companies take advantage of this. I was exited about app clips when that was announced, and since then I came across 1(one)... Perhaps it's just my experience.
Omg App Clips! What happened to those!? Never took off…
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kylo83 Avatar
2 weeks ago
We want interactive widgets
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
2 weeks ago
I want one that shows the progress of the UPS truck to my door with my iPhone 14 Pro.

Apple, make it so.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexandr Avatar
2 weeks ago

Live Activities is perhaps useful but will it be worth the battery drain?
Would this be that much different than the background activity that the uber app would have? Also, I'm sure these could be disabled.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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