Another week has gone by, bringing us one week closer to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2022. As of this writing, Apple's developer conference will be taking place in just a week, where all of the next iterations of software for Apple's devices will be shown off. Let's dive in.
This iOS 16 concept is what Apple should do
This week, we saw a very cool concept of what iOS 16 could be from Nicholas Ghigo. In this concept video, he showcases customizable buttons on the Lock Screen, interactive widgets, a redesigned Control Center, Always On display, multiple timers, and more. A lot of these features are things that I'm hoping to see in iOS 16 myself, so it looks like I'm not the only one out here.
While my biggest customization request was for more streamlined theming and icon customization, I would love to be able to reconfigure the shortcuts on the Lock Screen too. Though I'm not sure if I'd actually change them from the Flashlight and Camera, as I use those quite frequently, but I know others would love to have the choice to do so. Kind of like changing our default apps, which to this day, still only remains the browser and email app. iOS just needs a bit more flexibility when it comes to letting us customize our devices the way we want them.
Another big one is interactive widgets. Even though I currently use a few widgets on my Home screen right now, they're just kind of there, showing me information and looking cool. But I can't do much else with them because they're not interactive. The concept video shows off the potential of interactive widgets, such as a Music widget with playback controls — this is what widgets should have done from day one! Right now, I find the Music app widget pointless, because it just sits there and shows off Listening Activity. Like, what good is that for? Tapping on an album just opens up the Music app. In its current state, the Music widget is nothing more than a larger, more glorified way to open up Music. Seriously, if interactive widgets become a thing in iOS 16, I can't wait to see what other possibilities developers can come up with.
You'll also see a better App Switcher in that concept video, which is reminiscent of what the iPad App Switcher is at the moment. I end up with so many open apps, that closing them is a pain in the current state — having an iPadOS-like App Switcher on the best iPhone would make it easier to see what I actually have open so I can close certain apps faster.
With WWDC just a week away, I hope Apple takes some ideas from the concepts out there. Developers who are curious about what will be taking place during WWDC can also check out the full program now.
A fresh serving of iPhone 14 rumors to satiate your appetite
Though WWDC is around the corner, don't expect any hardware announcements, at least not any new iPhones. After all, there's a separate event in the fall for that. But that won't stop the rumor mill from churning.
In the past week, we got two nice little nuggets of iPhone 14 rumors. The first is that the iPhone 14 Pro may have a 1Hz refresh mode allowing for an Always On display. This is a feature that I've been hoping to see on an iPhone for a few years now, and it looks like we might possibly see it later this year. Ross Young was asked to confirm if the iPhone 14 Pros will go down to 1Hz, to which he replied, "Can't confirm, but expecting it." Young has a pretty good track record when it comes to his knowledge of the supply chain and relevant technologies, so it's a high possibility. While nothing is confirmed until Apple announces it, of course, this may be one to put on your bingo card this fall.
The next rumor is that the iPhone 14 Pro may come in a purple color this time around. I really wish that Apple would just make the Pro models in pink or rose gold, but hey, purple? I'll still take it, as it's one of my top three favorite colors. I just wish it could be a more saturated, deep purple instead of pastel lavender, but hey, beggars can't be choosers I suppose. I tend to buy the new iPhone in whichever new color is offered, so I will look forward to this one.
Some random tidbits from the week
- Apparently a woman dropped her Hermès Apple Watch while on a ride in Walt Disney World's EPCOT, then her husband tried to retrieve it (a big no-no at Disney parks), and she now claims there were $40k of fraudulent charges since she had an AMEX with an unlimited credit line on it. This is a hilariously fishy story to me, because either she had a really bad passcode, or she's trying to get a free vacation. The best Apple Watch locks the moment it's off your wrist and you need a passcode for Apple Pay. Yeah, I'm just not buying it.
- There was another school shooting in the U.S. I won't say too much on the subject, but I'm honestly tired, sad, and angry. Something needs to be done, and it needs to be done NOW. How many more innocent children need to die before the U.S. gets its shit together?
After all of this, I need a well-deserved break, especially for my mental health. I hope that you all take care of yourselves, and make sure to hug your loved ones a little harder each day.
Until next time,
- Christine Romero-Chan
Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
“ iOS needs to let us customize our devices the way we want them.” There’s a jailbreak for that. If Apple hasn’t given you that option as of now, what really makes you think it will happen now? I hope I’m wrong but I’m not holding my breath.
This isn't directed at Christine, but it's something that is just awkward on iMore - the permutations that iMore writers go through to fit "best iPhone" or "best Apple Watch", etc. into an article. I understand that there is clearly an editorial directive for this, but for the life of me I don't know why. In addition to awkward wording, it dilutes the value of the statement. E.g. "...having an iPadOS-like App Switcher on the 'best iPhone' would make it easier to see...". Would it only make it easier on the "best iPhone", whatever that is? Apparently it wouldn't be of value on my iPhone 12 Pro? Or, "The 'best Apple Watch' locks the moment it's off your wrist and you need a passcode for Apple Pay." Does that mean that the "non-best" Apple Watches don't lock and require a passcode? My Watch 5 seems to do that just fine. Clicking on the link takes you to an iMore article that lists the site's determination of what makes up the "best" Apple product in the category. Then the article proceeds to list nearly every option that Apple sells. Depending on your needs, the best iPhone could be the iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone SE (2022) or iPhone 11. They're all best for someone - as long as they're still for sale by Apple. It's just a really strange approach. I'm not sure what value it brings to iMore or its readers to force "best iPhone" in an article this way. The linked review is fine and helpful in making a determination on why a certain version might best serve your needs, but why not just link to "iPhone" or "Apple Watch"? Maybe it's just me, but it seems like a really weird editorial policy and approach. After seeing it over and over, I still can't quite figure out why iMore is doing this.
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