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Snapchat is getting its own Lock Screen widgets

Snapchat lock screen widgets
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Snapchat has confirmed that it is bringing Lock Screen widgets to its iPhone app following the release of iOS 16. That's just one of the improvements that users can expect this fall.

The announcement comes days after Apple released iOS 16 to the public, although Apple did announce the update in June to allow developers time to get the feature embedded into their apps ahead of time.

So much, so new

Snapchat says that Lock Screen widgets will keep "keeps conversations with your bestie saved right to your lock screen so you can start chats with one tap." In addition, with Lock Screen widgets enabled, Snapchat says that people will "save yourself the scrolling when you want to start Snapping, keeping visual conversations with the Snapchat Camera right at your fingertips."

That isn't the only improvement coming this fall. Snapchat says that Chat Shortcuts will appear at the top of the chat tab to "make it easy to do things like spot unread Snaps and Chats from friends, see missed calls and reply to stories." The outfit also says it plans to introduce new Question Stickers for AMAs, while Snapchat for Web is now rolling out to everyone at web.snapchat.com.

There's no hard release window for any of this, but Snapchat says that we can expect the changes to go live this fall and that users should ensure that they keep their apps up to date, ready, and waiting.

The iOS 16 update brought Lock Screen widgets, but owners of the new iPhone 14 Pro can also look forward to using the same widgets on their Always-On Display. The new iPhones arrive on doorsteps in just a few hours, with Apple Stores set to be swamped by those looking to get their hands on the hot new phone in town.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.