How Apple Could Revolutionize The Lockscreen In iOS 7 [Concept]

How Apple Could Revolutionize The Lockscreen In iOS 7 [Concept]

The iOS lockscreen locks in two different ways. One is by keeping strangers from fiddling around with your iPhone or iPad. The second, though, is to developers: they can’t really do much with the lockscreen except pass notifications to it or make use of the lockscreens built-in music playback controls.

What if developers had full access to the lockscreen, though? What if they could do more than just pass a notification on through? It might look something like this concept.

Created by The Apple Core forum-goer brentcas, this lockscreen concept introduces a new idea to the core iOS experience: lockscreen cards.

Lockscreen cards work by taking over the section of the lockscreen currently devoted to time, date and music player controls. The idea is that you can swipe between cards to change the functionality of this section of the lockscreen, like so:

How Apple Could Revolutionize The Lockscreen In iOS 7 [Concept]

As brentcas explains:

When you’re on a card, double clicking the home button will bring up extra controls or information that is relevant to the card, if necessary. So when you’re on the weather card and you double click the home button, the card will expand to show the weekly forecast…

Some cards are more insistent to have your attention than others. When you’re getting directions, you’ll find that Maps’ Directions card will have usurped the Time & Date card (and it will have also overtaken the wallpaper to display a map). When you start a run using the Nike+ app, you’ll find your miles, pace, and time on the now front and center Running card. The same goes for when you are recording audio or receiving a call.

Another aspect of the concept involves the iOS camera grabber, which allows you to quickly access the camera from the lockscreen. Brentcas envisions this grabber being usable by any app that has its related card upfront on the iOS lockscreen. For example, if you had the Twitter app open, you could use the grabber to quickly send a Tweet from the lockscreen.

Here’s how it works:

How Apple Could Revolutionize The Lockscreen In iOS 7 [Concept]

I can see some security issues with this approach, but by and large, I really like it, and would love to see something like this in iOS 7. How about you?

  • thiagobs84

    That would be really amazing!!

  • Violator

    Similar functionality has been available on Cydia for ages so no, not that revolutionary.

  • Cortney Sauk

    Ummm, has this kid not heard of Jailbreaking their iPhone? LockInfo 5 is in beta right now and works perfectly

  • markrlangston

    Great idea except I wonder how cumbersome it would be having a dozen lock screen cards. You might find that just unlocking the phone and opening the app takes the same amount of time as panning over to the appropriate card and double-clicking the Home button.

    I guess you could limit the amount of cards to just 4 or 5 but then people would complain that there needs to be more slots.

    But I get it, the lock screen really hasn’t changed all that much since the original iPhone. Save for the camera button it’s actually exactly the same. And with Ivy being the minimalist that he is he might think the lock screen is too busy and take stuff away or make things smaller.

  • TeachMeiOS

    I agree! I think that the entire notifications system needs updated too. I would like to be able to postpone or snooze a calendar alert right from the alert itself. It would also be great to be able to respond to a text message or tweet from the alert itself as well.

  • ayomalikman

    Where did you find this wallpaper?

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