Apple is turning a locked iPhone screen in landscape orientation into a smart display
Gurman says that this is part of Apple’s plan to show live information in more parts of iPhone software with iOS 17. The next build of Apple’s mobile operating system will be previewed on June 5th during the first day of the WWDC 2023 Developer Conference. Inside Apple, iOS 17 is known by the internal code name “Dawn” and should be disseminated to compatible iPhone models sometime in September in conjunction with the release of the iPhone 15 series.
Apple is turning a landscape-oriented iPhone into a smart display like the Google Nest Hub Max
According to people familiar with Apple’s plans but who wish to remain anonymous because it has yet to be announced, the iPhone’s iOS 17 smart display will feature a dark background with bright text in order to make the screen easier to read. It will be the next step after iOS 16 brought iPhone users lock screen widgets that include stock information, sports news, and current temperatures to the lock screens of iPhone users.
Whether Apple creates a HomePod with a screen or a low-cost tablet/smart display, the device would be designed to allow Apple users to control smart lights and thermostats, host FaceTime chats, and watch videos.
New accessibility features are coming to iOS 17
Live Speech will allow iOS 17 users to record their voice preparing for a day when they cannot speak on a voice or video call
WWDC will be kicking off in 12 days and besides the iOS 17 preview, Apple fans are getting excited to see the mixed reality AR/VR headset finally introduced after hearing about the device for so many years. At an expected price of $3,000, it is unlikely that Apple will be able to convince Johnny Appleseed to buy one of the headsets, and reliable TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has estimated that Apple will ship only 500,000 units.
Still, there is plenty of interest among Apple fans in the xrOS (Extended Reality OS) operating system as Apple essentially is asking well-heeled consumers to pay big bucks to test its latest device, believed to be the most complex product that Apple has ever made.