Friday, Jun 18, 2021, 14:39 iOS: Software

Concept For iOS 16: Useful Features, Interactive Widgets, Takeout Orders Via Maps App & More

Apple only just recently announced iOS 15 to the public. The coming update to the software will see changes and improvements to FaceTime, iMessage, the Maps and Weather apps, along with refining numerous components of the operating system and increased security. Notifications on the lock screen will have a clearer arrangement and the new "Privacy Report" feature will provide a breakdown of which apps have access to the user's personal information. Even though Cupertino is bringing several improvements to the software, there are still a few things some users were hoping to see that Apple has yet to translate into reality. Thus, 9to5Mac has recently released an "iOS 16" concept via a two part series including some of the most sought after features and improvements to the operating system.

Interactive Widgets, Focus Mode On Lockscreen
In iOS 14, Apple added widgets to the home screen and, come the highly anticipated 15th edition of iOS, we're bound to see more improvements and new features to the tools. However, not much is likely to change over the long run in terms of functionality, as widgets themselves tend not to be very interactive features. 9to5Mac's recent concept for iOS 16 handles improvements to widgets as per the aforementioned philosophy. However, the journal does have several ideas for improvements that could be made to widgets. For example, a Home and Voice Memos widget. This would make it easier to quickly start recording or pause the recording of a voice memo without having to search for the app on the home screen or via the search function and allow users to effortlessly access features from the Home app quickly. Another practical recommendation from 9to5Mac is the ability to switch between Focus modes from the lock screen.

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Source: 9to5Mac


Order Food Via Apple Maps, Calculator History, Multiple Timers
The concept also has a few clever ideas for the Hand-Off and AirPlay features. For example, enabling Siri to transfer content to another device via voice commands and AirPlay. Say you're sitting down with some friends and scrolling through pictures on your phone to share with them, you could simply tell Siri to send the pictures via AirPlay with a simple voice command, rather than going through the tedious tapping process. Another feature that the concept artist would like to see is the integration of social media features into the Photos app – making it more similar to Instagram. Another improvement could also be made to the Maps app, allowing users to order food from restaurants directly via the app, without having to use Safari or an external web browser (and Siri could also play a role here).


Source: 9to5Mac


Other innovations from the concept include changes and additions to the Calculator and Clock app – neither of which have seen much attention in the last few years. Adding features common in scientific calculators such as "history" would allow for easier execution of more complex calculations. Another interesting point made by the concept artist is that watchOS 8 allows for multiple timers to be set, and for whatever reason, it's not yet possible to do on an iPhone and so unification of features here makes sense if for nothing more than consistency.


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