iOS 10 preview: your new Lock screen with Raise to Wake, widgets, interactive notifications & more

By , Jun 15, 2016

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Having taken a closer look at a much improved Messages app, which delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, our preview of big new features in iOS 10 continues with a detailed overview of an all-new Lock screen. Wait, the Lock screen in iOS 10 warrants an article?

As you know, the Lock screen has remained virtually unchanged since the iPhone’s inception. With iOS 10, however, it’s  undergone some major improvements in the form of a refined look and feel, including vastly redesigned widgets, and new features such as interactive notifications, Raise to Wake and expanded use of 3D Touch shortcuts.

We think that many folks are going to appreciate how iOS 10 makes their device’s Lock and Home screens way more functional than before, so here’s a detailed walkthrough of all the goodies included in iOS 10’s freshened up Lock screen experience.

iOS 10 Lock and Home screen: video hands-on

In iOS 10, accessing the information you need is easier and quicker than ever. With time-saving features such as Raise to Wake, you can easily view all your notifications at a glance simply by raising your iPhone.

The Notification Center, your widgets and Control Center are readily available with just a swipe or a press. And thanks to deeper 3D Touch integration with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, interacting with your Lock screen and widgets is easier and funnier.

My colleague Andrew O’Hara has created this cool video walkthrough of major changes on the Lock and Home screens that are made possible by new iOS 10 technologies.

If you don’t have the time to sit through the video right now (it runs five minutes and forty seconds long), save it for later and make sure to read our detailed overview of iOS 10’s improved Lock and Home screen further below.

Raise to Wake: it just works

Pre-iOS 10, waking your device from sleep to see what’s on your Lock screen required you to either press the Sleep/Wake button or hit the Home button with your fingernail or an unregistered finger.

That’s because second-generation Touch ID on latest devices is just too damn fast: it’s so fast that it takes you past the Lock screen before you see any notification. Not any longer—with iOS 10’s new Raise to Wake feature, you simply raise the handset in your hand and the screen lights up just like that.

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This feature requires Apple’s embedded M9 motion coprocessor which handles input from the iPhone’s sensors in an energy-efficient manner. As a result of this requirement, Raise to Wake only works on M9-equipped devices like the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE.

Quick camera access: giving left swipe a purpose

Before iOS 10, you could get to your iPhone’s camera when the device is locked by dragging up its icon in the lower right corner of the Lock screen. This isn’t very practical for one-handed use and Apple has acknowledged as much: on iOS 10, swiping to the right instantly reveals your camera.

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It seems to me that iOS 10 actually keeps the Camera app in the memory all the time because accessing it from the iOS 10 Lock screen is that fast.

“Slide to unlock” is gone: say hello to “Press home to unlock”

The iconic slide-to-unlock gesture is no longer used to get past iOS 10’s Lock screen so you better get used to the new “Press home to unlock” thing. After nearly ten years of slide-to-unlock, one could argue that it was time for a change.

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If you don’t use Touch ID, pressing the Home button on the Lock screen will take you to the familiar passcode entry screen you know and love.

But Apple never changes things for change’s sake so there must be more to this than meets they eye. If I were a betting man, I’d say that future iOS devices would come outfitted with an-all digital Home button that couldn’t be pressed.

Unlocking iPhone without launching Home screen

If you simply rest your finger on Touch ID on the Lock screen without pressing the Home button, the device will unlock without launching the Home screen. The “Press Home to Unlock” message will change to ”Press Home to Open” and a small padlock icon in the iOS status bar will disappear to indicate that the device has been unlocked.

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You can now press the Home button to open the Home screen instantly.

Because unlocking an iOS device gives the operating system full access to encrypted data, this method can be used to open the Camera app from the Lock screen with unrestricted access to the Photos library versus being able to only see the images you took in that particular session.

The device will lock itself automatically when the display shuts off.

Interactive notifications: press them with 3D Touch

Swiping a notification on the Lock screen reveals buttons with specific interactions that developers can customize, like before. But if you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can now press a notification to pop it open in 3D Touch’s enhanced Peek preview.

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Peek for notifications is much more than you’d expect. No longer do you have to keep your finger pressed against the screen all the time because your Peek preview is persistent until you tap X or press the Home button to dismiss it. More important than that, notifications on iOS 10 are way more interactive than on prior iOS editions.

Messages notifications, for example, let you type out a response and actually continue the conversation without leaving Peek mode. You can even scroll through the chat, see inline media and take full advantage of the new Messages features such as third-party apps, stickers, animated reactions and more—all without leaving the Peek preview.

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Another example of a rich notification might include the ride-sharing app Lyft, which could embed a map of your nearest ride along with an estimated arrival time and options to request a ride.

And last but not least, Apple executives showed during the WWDC keynote a rich Lock screen notification that used an embedded video feed which was streamed in real time from a home security camera.

Again, all of this is happening on your Lock screen.

Now playing: not much has changed

iOS’s dedicated music playback interface on the Lock screen has seen some minor visual changes as well. iOS 10’s media playback controls on the Lock screen are more pronounced than before with bigger buttons, especially for the volume control.

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Unfortunately, the scrobbling control continues to be an impossibly thin line without any visible handle so dragging the playback mark to a specific position in a song or video continues to be a challenging task.

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Notification Center: wanna clear all missed alerts at once?

Like before, you can swipe from the top to pull down the Notification Center which on iOS 10 lacks Today view and only serves up your missed alerts.

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Clearing all alerts at once is easy on iOS 10 with 3D Touch: simply press the X button at the top of the Notification Center, and then select the Clear All Notifications shortcut.

Control Center: now with 3D Touch shortcuts

Control Center is invoked on the Lock screen like before, by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. On iOS 10, Control Center is now 3D Touch-enabled.

You can press any icon in the bottom row with 3D Touch to quickly access useful shortcuts for tasks like copying the last result from the Calculator app, adjusting the flashlight intensity, accessing various camera modes and choosing alarm presets.

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But that’s not all.

Swiping Control Center to the left swooshes a dedicated side panel into view with controls for HomeKit and media playback. Apple did the right thing in removing the media playback controls from the main Control Center view as this has enabled them to clean up and declutter the layout and make Control Center less overwhelming.

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New-look widgets: just swipe to the left

Welcome to The Great Unbundling of Today View from iOS 10’s Notification Center.

The Notification Center is solely dedicated to missed alerts when accessed from the Lock screen, prompting some people to wonder where on Earth their favorite widgets might reside within iOS 10.

How about swiping to the right on the Lock screen? Just like that, another side panel full of widgets slides into view in place of the good ol’ passcode entry screen. The widgets panel can be found on Home screen zero as well, replacing iOS 9’s useless screen with Spotlight interface and Siri suggestions.

Lastly, invoking the Notification Center while interacting with an app also gives you access to the widgets screen: swipe down from the screen bottom while in an app to show the Notification Center and then swipe to the right while inside the Notification Center to reveal your widgets.

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The great thing about the new widget layout is support for compact and expanded views.

For instance, I can easily use the Weather widget to get a quick at-a-glance overview of the current weather conditions at my current location, but iOS 10 lets me tap the Show More button to expand the widget and display an hourly breakdown of my weather.

Siri App Suggestions, which on iOS 9 have a dedicated place below the Spotlight field, is now a widget, too. Many other iOS 10 stock apps come with their own widgets.

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To manage your widgets on iOS 10, scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Edit.

You’re now presented with an overhauled widgets management interface, as shown above. Functionally, nothing has changed here: you can still see all the widgets that are available to you in one central place, cherry-pick ones you’d like to show on the Lock screen and rearrange the order in which they’re rendered.

Unfortunately, you cannot reorder widgets by moving them around the side panel nor can you 3D Touch them like you can rich notifications.

Spotlight on Lock screen: yes, please!

iOS 10 permits you to access Spotlight Search right from the Lock screen, with a caveat (more on that later). To start searching, swipe to the right on the Lock screen to get to the widgets side panel. Your search field is right at the top.

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Spotlight on the Lock screen limits results to Internet sources, excluding any personal data. This is a smart move on Apple’s part to protect your privacy. Also, iOS cannot read encrypted personal data when the device is locked.

“Unlock iPhone to see all search results,” reads a line at the bottom of Spotlight Search results on the Lock screen.

Widgets, meet the Home screen

Another major change in iOS 10: widgets can also be accessed right from their apps’ shortcuts menu on the Home screen. If an app came with a widget, simply pressing its Home screen icon with 3D Touch will pull up the shortcuts menu which now includes not only Quick Actions but also the widget itself.

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To put a widget on your Lock screen, tap the Add Widget button in the 3D Touch shortcuts menu. A checkmark appears in the top right corner to denote that the widget was successfully added to the Lock screen. Unfortunately, you cannot remove the widget from the Lock screen via Home screen shortcuts menus, which would be a great time-saver.

Widgets galore: Favorites, Activity, Memories, Mail and more

Apple went all out with widgets on iOS 10. Not only are they prettier to look at, more organized and accessible from the Home and Lock screen, but there are more of them, too, as Apple has created a bunch of new stock widgets for iOS 10.

Apple iOS 10 Lock Screen Widgets

iOS 9 gives you a total of five Apple-made widgets.

iOS 10 adds an additional fourteen ones for a total of nineteen stock widgets, including those for handy stuff such as your Phone Favorites, Activity dashboard, Memories from Photos, a snapshot of emails from Mail and more.

We’ll be covering these new widgets in greater detail soon.

More iDB previews

We’ve made it a mission to dive deep into Apple’s upcoming software updates to inform you of both major new features you’ll care about and the little things that’ll delight you.

Here are our iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 previews:

More previews will be added to the list as they become available.

If you’d like us to focus on specific new features, please do feel free to shoot us a quick email message at

iOS 10 availability

iOS 10 is available to members of the Apple Developer Program and will launch to public beta testers signed on the Apple Beta Software Program in July ahead of general availability in the fall.

System requirements for iOS 10 are the same as those for its predecessor, but the iPhone 4s, original iPad and iPad 2 are no longer supported.

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  • tariq

    I wish i could uninstall my stock apps..

    • Quilliv

      Me as well this should have been a feature since the begining

    • Scott Curry

      Maybe you missed it, but you can.

      • I think they mean on their current OS. meaning not on iOS 10 beta.

      • tariq

        i meant on my android phone. I should of added that part

      • Gregg


      • tariq

        I wish I could delete the stock apps on my android phone

      • Gregg

        Oh, ok. Sorry, not an Android user.

      • Scott Curry

        You can root your Android and delete them. It’s the equivalent of jailbreaking.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    How do I get that wallpaper? I love it!

  • Quilliv

    It would be nice to never have to press the home button at all

    • You mean like turning on assistive touch to get a virtual home button on screen?

      • Quilliv

        No gestures on the home button like lay finger 3 seconds or whatever to unlock without ever physically pushing in

      • Currently you can exit and app, toggle the app switcher, invoke SIRI, authenticate, force close an app, and perform a 3-click action (if you have one set up). I think you’d loose some functionality or are you only talking about logging in?

        Currently on iOS 9 it works this way already. If your phone screen is on (due to a notification or pressing the power button) placing your finger on the home button takes you to the springboard.

        On iOS 10 it still unlocks but the lock screen is treated like an app and requires you to press the home button to leave it. The reasoning for this is that you can authenticate yourself and take full advantage of the camera, SIRI, or the notifications right from the lock screen without having to hit a authentication wall, go to the springboard, go back to the Notification Center (or camera) and relaunch your last action.

  • What was up with that text from Cody? It sounded like he was propositioning you for some night time fun

  • Scott Curry

    A lot of these new features in iOS 10 really look like Apple forgot that their latest device doesn’t even use 3D touch…

    • I just wish 3D touch functions would be also mapped to long press action for some tasks on non 3D touch devices.. especially in the control center actions..

      • Scott Curry

        Holy shit. You win the webz for most perfect solution. If we can’t use force touch, why not use length of touch? Why can’t Apple figure these things out? (Oh yeah, they want us to buy stuff we don’t like just for features we really want…)

      • There is a problem with that though. Long press also allows you to remove apps, rename folders, take pictures in burst mode, pulls up the section tools, invokes cut/copy/paste, and brings in hidden context menus (like request full desktop site/reload without content blockers in Safari when holding the refresh button) to name a few of the things that long holding does.

        The problem with this approach is that if Apple did this they would break a HUGE amount of functionality that currently exists. So sorry this is actually a very bad solution.

      • Scott Curry

        Except that it’s all context-driven. If you long press on a text notification, it’s not going to try to rename a folder…thus no functionality is broken…

      • In a few cases that’s true… But if you long press on any app icon on your home screen you’ll invoke “wiggle mode” or whatever it’s called and not bring up the list of shortcuts and the new app view. Swapping this would make it impossible to re-arrange apps or remove them without inventing some new way of doing things.

        Long pressing on a keyboard brings up special symbols while 3DTouching it brings up a trackpad like cursor moving interface.

        In fact it turns out that there are a lot of areas where important functionality would be lost if you simply replaced long hold with 3D Touch. Granted, there are some examples where the two could live together but I think keeping them separate experiences and not changing shortcuts based on the hardware is actually a wise move on Apple’s part.

      • for the 3d touch on keyboard to bring up cursor, I would not have minded the iPad approach on the iPhone.. 2 fingers on the keyboard and voila, you can cursor away… This was even implemented at first for non 3d touch devices in an early iOS 9 beta but was removed in a subsequent beta..

      • on non 3d devices, Apple could implement a new type of long press action for specific tasks.. Homescreen long press on any icon and you can be presented with a dropdown menu (similar to what the 3d touch crowd gets and add to that list “organize”.. when user clicks organize, they are returned to the home screen but now in wiggle mode.. simple..

        I use an app called Shoot by Procam to take photos.. the developer was awesome enough to implement a 3d touch action on the little thumbnail when you take shots in bottom corner to expand the thumbnail so you can see photo in a larger view.. let go of 3d touch and it shrinks back… for the non 3d touch crowd, the dev implemented it as a long press action.. no functionality was lost for any user..

        When I say Apple should implement long press actions when 3d touch is not an option on older devices, that is what I mean.. I’m not saying emulate 3d touch as long press and disregard long press for current tasks.. just rethink how the long press can still function to do 3d touch actions..

        In Safari for Mac… Apple have done exactly that.. if you don’t have a force touch trackpad, you can still enable all the safari force touch functions by mapping them to multi touch finger actions… 3 finger tap on a link, for example, will open a full website of the link in a small preview pane… 3 finger tap on a word will give you the dictionary… now they have to bring that mindset to iOS 10 for the non 3d touch crowd…

        In the Keynote, Craig demoed the clear all notification function with 3d touch press of the clear button… that could have easily been implemented as a long press… I have not tried iOS 10 beta yet but am hoping that long pressing on that clear button would o the same action of allowing me to clear all my notifications.

      • Unfortunately that only works for some actions. If a 3rd party dev wants to open up functionality like that to multiple input methods that’s great. Unfortunately long press has been around for years and years and has hundreds of pre-established shortcuts associated with it. Remapping, changing or setting them up so that they do one thing on one device and another thing on a new device would just create UI and UX fragmentation that would end up being a pain for people who upgrade and have to learn a new system or people who don’t upgrade and have everything changed so that they can get a poorer implementation of a cool new feature.

      • I’m sorry you feel that way… I will keep lobbying Apple when public beta is released through the feedback app in hopes they can implement doable ling press functions when 3d touch is not available.

      • My problem with it comes down to this. To implement this kind of a change you either need to only implement part of it (to avoid changing things that already exist), implement all of it (and change everything we already are familiar with and limit adding to this), or implement none of it.

        If we go with route a and implement part of it, then we end up with a fractured user experience. On one phone long pressing does A but on newer phones it does B. This becomes a training nightmare for IT people or those of us who have people ask us how to do things on their phones, and it becomes a pain to learn (wait I was able to get this menu before when I did this why doesn’t it show up now?). And as someone who has worked on user experience before as a job I can say that it is FAR easier to get someone to learn something new than it is to get someone to relearn something that they know and love. The problem with your solution is that it would force people to relearn what they already have before they upgrade and relearn it again after they upgrade. Could Apple create a hybrid interface. Yup! Is it wise to change existing functionality to create a poor emulation of new features designed for new hardware? Nope… If you really want this, I suggest using jailbreak tweeps that do this very thing.

        If we go with the route of making sure that all current phones being sold are capable of the same exact features then we’d have run into huge issues with things like NFC, Apple Pay, Fitness Tracking, app support for larger screens etc. The problem with tech is that it is always moving forward and by necessity whenever you buy into it you lock yourself to a generation of Harvard which means that in a year what you have will no longer be capable of everything the newer stuff is. Either that or Apple should drop all models being sold except for the newest flagship phone which would be very hard on people with tight finances. Furthermore it’s likely that even if we could convince apple to somehow port all the new features over to old iOS versions including peek and pop, 3D Touch, Hello SIRI, Raise to Wake, Apple Pay, 4K video, browser tabs that don’t reload etc. The phone experience would become horrific. Battery life, stability and resource management would get thrown out the window trying to perform some of these things and limiting them in this way is likely a very wise decision.

        Finally if we go the route which Apple took of limiting features that were specifically designed around new hardware to the new hardware while being careful to make sure that it only adds convenience and doesn’t add anything essential to the phone experience or changing the experience that people are already used to, that this will appease the largest group of people. There is nothing that 3D Touch gets you (that I’m aware of) that you can’t do with a few more taps. Sure looking into an app is super awesome and iOS 10 has some amazing new toys in it. But with 1GB of RAM, an older processor and hardware that wasn’t designed for it? No thanks. I’ll sell my unlocked phone and buy a new one when the 7 comes out.

        TLDR? I think there are only three options and the results boil down to limiting everyones experience so that no one feel left out, hurting everyone’s experience so that everybody is in the same boat, or continually building on past products and adding new features that are phased out on previous devices as hardware demands.

      • While this might sound like a good idea at first, it turns out that 3DTouch and long press overlap in a lot of areas and trying to merge these has to result in something getting cut. The problem is that Long Press is already all over iOS and actually has some really cool features…

        For instance, did you know that in Safari, long pressing the refresh opens a context menu with options to get a desktop view or load without content blockers, long pressing on the tabs icon in the lower left allows you to close all tabs in one go (SUPER NICE), long pressing the bookmark tab opens a context menu to bookmark or add to reading list. Holding on a tab in tab view allows you to re-order your tabs as well and holding the + sign in that view allows you to access recently closed tabs!

        On the keyboard long pressing allows you to access variations of letters like èéêë etc… Long pressing the emoji button to toggle keyboards will being up a context menu to let you chose which keyboard you’d like.

        Long presses in the camera app activate the AE/AF Lock,

        Long pressing on any editable text brings up LOTS of context menus like copy, look up/define, etc.

        Reminders alls long presses to re-order lists,

        In the iOS 10 music app, long pressing on album artwork, songs or many music items causes its album info sheet to appear.

        Anyways, there’s even more, but that should give you a start as to some of the things that you’d loose if we tried this. Not only that, but this is a “gesture” that works on MacOS. For instance did you know that if you have tabs in Safari that have music playing that clicking and holding on the speaker will give you a popup listing all the tabs with audio and let you jump right to the tab you wanted?

        Anyways, I for one don’t want to give all that up. I’ll just wait and get a new iPhone 7 this fall 🙂

      • When a customer pruchases an iPhone 6 (which is still being sold).. paid full unlocked price to not be tied to a contract.. It’s really not so easy to just purchase the next device that gets released when the software can simply be made to work on the prior device with a little rearranging of concepts.

      • Unfortunately if Apple used that design philosophy they would cripple themselves from ever adding new features that rely on new hardware (which happens almost every release).

        I think that in this case with the iPhone 6s having double the memory, a significant processor boost and 3D Touch it makes the most sense to move features that consume extra resources to be 3D Touch only. Furthermore since long press has been around for over half a decade it would make sense to not change a fairly fundamental input method just to get a half baked implementation of a new feature.

  • Elias Chao

    How interactive are the notifications on non-3D-touch-capable devices? Is it posible to quick reply from an iPhone 6 Plus on the lock screen?

    • Yes, with the old way: swipe the notification from right to left and tap replay.

      • Kendo Tanapat 

        And with my iPhone 6 plus can interact like 3d touch? Example, swipe the imessages notification and can it show mini conversation to view while typing? Or can only reply each notification without seeing any conversation like now?

      • For now, you can replay only to the notification like before, but apple said on the next iOS 10 betas, will be release the “rich notifications” support (the mini conversation you said) on non 3D touch capable devices!

    • RayRayBeav

      No, I have not been able to quick reply. But as always you can swipe to the left and click reply.

  • askep3

    I feel like the only reason night shift has such a huge spot is because they took out music controls and don’t know what to put there. Maybe something else will take that spot in a future update.

    Also, I hate how the volume slider is huge while the scrobbler is tiny. Why would I need that I have buttons for volume I’d rather have easy control of playback position

    • Scotow

      I feel the same as you about the night shift button.

    • Gregg

      True that. Sometimes it feels the designers don’t actually use the product or they’re all 17. Otherwise they’d see the problem.

    • My problem is that more than a few times I’ve got to quickly adjust the audio, had to switch cards, and tried to quickly raise or lower the audio slider and instead switched cards because I was slightly off and had to go back and try again.

      I hope Apple adds some sort of zone so that if a person is swiping over the top of a slider it won’t try to move the page at all. It’s gotten to the point where I’d just rather use the volume rocker but often that adjusts the ringer and not my audio… Oh well. Guess I need to work on my finger precision skills.

      • askep3

        I bet they’ll fix the area of effect for that slider, because it’s really bad right now, especially on the lock screen

      • The other thing that’s horrible right now is when you bring up the notification tray inside an app and try to swipe to get to the widgets. I ended up closing about half my notifications trying that 😛

  • David Williams

    I’m loving iOS 10 so far. Although I can’t answer texts from the Notification Center I can open a message to view it. I can even type when my keyboard comes up, but I can’t send. Hopefully this will be fixed in the next beta.

    • Gregg

      Welcome improvements. They pay attention to JB.

    • Albert

      You can reply to messages from NC? Do you have “show previews” on in the Messages section of Notifications?

      • David Williams

        UPDATE – I can’t quick reply to a text if i open it up on the lockscreen. The keyboard pops up. I can type (but not see what I type) and there’s no icon to send a reply. In the pic below the pic on the left is of a message opened from the lockscreen. On the right is how it looks when opened from the NC.

  • DopamineAddicted

    So since we’ll be able to delete some stock apps will they still sell a 16gb version iphone?

    • RayRayBeav

      The stock apps only are about 150 MB, if you delete them all. I think 32 GB should be standard.

    • Gregg

      Yup, ram cheap s*** down your throat and the more expensive excrement same direction.

  • Pablo

    How will widgets work on non-3D touch devices?

  • MrTarek

    I’m not upgrading anymore , inn not ready to press the home button after the Touch ID !! It’s good how it is on iOS 9

    • I agree that they should have an option to either press home or tap home touch id to unlock…. the thinking behind the press button is that user can actually spend some more time on the lockscreen instead of flying past it.. I rather have the option in settings.

      • Angelo

        it’s probably because iPhone 7 will no longer have a normal home button.

      • Albert

        You’re probably right

      • If you look at my previous comment to MrTarek you’ll see that it really hasn’t changed at all if you have an iPhone with a fingerprint scanner on it. Clicking the button to wake the screen and continuing to rest your thumb (or whatever finger) on the button will auto unlock your device exactly like how iOS 9 used to do it.

        The only difference is for people without the fingerprint scanner or for those who use raise to wake, a notification or the power button to turn on the display first.

    • I guess I don’t understand. You literally do the exact same thing (if you have a touchID home button) on iOS 10. On iOS 9 you had to press the home button to wake your phone and leave your finger on the button long enough for it to unlock and it still does this on iOS 10. It’s literally 100% the same.

      The difference is that now if you have the new hardware you can raise to wake your device and then unlock by pressing and holding your finger like you always would have had to do. The only way this affects anything is if you want to turn on your display with the power button and then access your home screen. In that case you’ll need to press the button to go home, but otherwise holding your finger on the scanner will still unlock your phone so that if you swipe to the left and right you are using the apps as an authenticated user.

      But for 99% of the time it’s so similar that I still clear my notifications off the screen before I get the chance to see them on iOS 10 just like before.

      • MrTarek

        I’m used to press the Sleep/Wake button to wake the screen then use Touch ID and with raise to wake it will be so annoying to scan then press the home button again

      • I’m just saying that it’s similar enough that I certainly wouldn’t cite that as a reason to stop upgrading my phone, and you can scan and press the button at the same time, so you still have to put your finger there, the only difference in your case is that you’d have to put it more firmly there than you may be used to at the moment.

  • Brandon Higgins

    So I’m in an app, I’m walking up my stairs after the sun has set, lights are still off, but to access a widget quickly to turn them on i now have to exit whatever app I’m on and find the icon somewhere to 3d touch it to turn on lights. Stupid.

    • RayRayBeav

      Are you talking about HomeKit? Those switches are in Control Center, so you would not need to leave any app to use them.

      • Brandon Higgins

        I’m not sure how it’ll work, but my hue bridge is not the Siri enabled HomeKit version. It’s the first gen so it may not put anything in the cc if our bridge and whatnot is the non HomeKit version. It makes it a mess for all these steps for us to control our home

    • Gregg

      I’ve yet to own a house with all this s***.

  • In Lockscreen Music Now Playing should allow user to toggle shuffle on/off without having to unlock and go to the music app.. the like and dislike are hidden behind a menu on lock screen music?

  • Gregg

    Looking forward to this stuff. Welcome improvements, even if incremental. But who needs a tectonic shift? LA? No.

  • Michael Knutti

    Is that a folder in the Dock? Is that new in iOS10????

    • Albert

      Not new. You can do this in iOS 9

  • Max Delsid

    I miss Jeff’s videos. They felt more refined…

  • Rahimo

    3D-Touch !!

  • Huzefa Sultan

    from where to get this wallpaper shown above?

  • Matthew Patrick Davis

    So widgets are no longer accessible from any app with a swipe down? Instead you have to go home then swipe right? Why would you want notifications from any app with a swipe down, aren’t widgets helpful for quick glance and multitasking while in other apps? This is gonna be a bummer. Also because I use Launcher, which allows you to quickly launch other apps from within any app with a quick swipe down.

  • Sorry about the delay in responding. I’ve been busy with another project and haven’t been on iDB much. While that’s cool info and I certainly look forward to being able to use the rich notifications on my iPhone 6+ this doesn’t actually change my point in the slightest. Right now those notifications don’t do anything when you tap or long press them. If Apple wants to open that up to other people they can do it by allowing us to tap on them without breaking existing functionality. In fact in this case using 3D Touch is somewhat of a head scratcher because they don’t do anything when you tap them. Forcing a user to hard press on something just because is a bit strange to me. That’s why I theorized that this must have been a deliberate choice to keep the feature to devices with more than 1 GB of memory.

    My point however is (and has always been), that stating that Apple should just make 3D Touch accessible by long pressing is not based in realistic appreciation of the current state of the OS. Yes, there are niche examples in which this could work because there aren’t conflicting input methods on certain actions, but there are just way too many examples in which this is just not feasible without changing the existing experience, or fracturing the user experience for different models of hardware. My argument is and always has been that both of these routes have issues and that blanket statements aren’t very helpful.

    So while there are examples that you have brought up (and I acknowledge them) there are just way too many more situations that don’t work. Feel free to respond if you want, but anything beyond this point will likely just devolve into restating existing points as I don’t really have any other ways of stating this unfortunately. Knowing this I’ll probably not be checking back here anymore but it’s been nice chatting with you and thanks for the link about the rich notifications. I’m looking forward to seeing what Apple does with this 🙂


  • kay in hawaii

    I don’t like the raise to wake. Doesn’t it use up your battery twice as fast because it’s turning on in my bag or pocket every time I change position?