In iOS16Apple has revamped the iPhone Lock screen to make it much more customizable, and one of the most welcome changes is the ability to add information-rich widgets to the lock screen for the first time.
Lock screen Widgets have been the preserve of Android phones for a few years now, so it’s good to see that they’ll finally come to iPhones later this year when iOS 16 releases in the fall.
As it stands, widgets provide updates to your apps that you can easily check at a glance, without having to unlock your iPhone to access the Homepagebut they are not very interactive in that tapping on a widget will likely only open its associated app.
Below is a list of all available Widgets that Apple included in the first iOS 16 beta, divided into those that can be added above or below the digital clock.
Widgets you can add above time
You can insert a widget next to the date above the digital clock on the lock screen. The list below includes the stock app widget options available to you. Many of these widgets display a single point of data, using text and alphanumeric symbols.
- Calendar – weekday, date, month / next event
- The clock – city time zone / next alarm
- Aptitude – activity stats (move calories, exercise minutes, standing hours)
- Reminders – due today
- Shares – unique stock with high/low symbol
- Time – lunar events, solar events, conditions, location, rain, air quality, UV index, wind
Widgets you can add under time
Just below the digital clock is a larger oblong space where you can place widgets horizontally next to each other. You can insert up to four square symbol-based widgets, or up to two rectangular widgets with more information, or a combination of two square widgets and one rectangular widget.
The Batteries widget comes in square and rectangular versions showing the battery status of the iPhone. Connect the AirPods and their battery is displayed instead.
Oddly enough, if you use two battery widgets, they’ll show the battery level for the same device, rather than showing AirPods in one and iPhone in the other. Hopefully this issue will be resolved in the beta testing phase.
The Calendar widget is available in three formats. You can track the current date as a square widget (although it’s unclear why you would want to since the date is always displayed above the time). You can also track the time of the next upcoming event or use a larger widget to display both the event name and its time.
Three clock widgets allow you to display a clock for a city to check the time in that location, and these come in a rectangular variety and two square varieties. There’s also a world clock to show the time in up to three cities around the world, and two versions that show the next alarm.
A Fitness widget displays the activity rings graph, while a larger display shows your activity ring stats (moving, exercising, standing).
For the Home app, two widgets display all indoor climate sensors, one shows lights and switches, and another notifies you of any security issues. You can also monitor a specific security accessory or view a summary of the home (security, climate, and lighting).
A single larger widget provides today’s top news.
A single, larger widget provides quick access to any of your reminder lists and displays the next reminder due.
A smaller and larger widget allow you to view quotes and track a symbol’s performance throughout the day. There’s also a larger widget that displays three stocks.
Eight optional weather widgets to see lunar events, solar events, conditions, location, rain, air quality, UV index and wind. Only current weather conditions and lunar events are available in the larger widget format.
More widgets to come
This list of widgets should not be considered exhaustive, as Apple may add or modify more before the public release of iOS 16 in the fall. Additionally, developers will be able to create widgets for third-party apps using Apple’s new WidgetKit API, so expect plenty more Lock Screen widgets to come.
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