iOS 7 seems to be laying the groundwork, but I can't wait 'til we push it just a tiny bit further... nothing unrealistic.
Notification Center does a pretty good job at showing me what I'm going to do today. But the lock screen is the gateway to me and my data, and it can do a lot better by taking some little steps.
A greeting. This humanizes the interaction between you and a technical device. My phone never leaves my side. Siri is my assistant. Someone finally discovered the "Happy Birthday" feature in the OS X setup. When I wake up, and first turn on my phone in the morning, there's no reason it can't greet me like an assistant or butler.
"Good morning. It's 62° and sunny."
The greeting can be switched out during the day of course to "Good evening," or have specific ones for different days. My phone is starting to learn where and when I go to work, it could even be used to nudge you. "Running late, today!" or even "Finally, the weekend."
Notification Center in iOS 7 tells me the weather for the day, but doesn't always give me the weather for now. The weather is so fascinating (and easy to collect data) that many apps are spawned to solve this. But all will pale in comparison if the lock screen ever shows it.
Meetings. Again, Notification Center has a kind of calendar view to show you your day at a glance, but it means again pulling it down from the lock screen or elsewhere in the system. At the very least, your soonest meeting could be displayed, and again, maybe with a nudge.
"You're meeting with Michelle in 23 minutes." or even "You only have 5 minutes to get to your meeting with Patrick."
Just as Music (while playing) takes over the lock screen, so too can this most basic information in the morning hours and even throughout your day.
I really hope to see these kinds of simple changes (and more!) happen in the future for iOS, because no app can solve these problems.
3 months ago
Sweet blog post.
Had to. : P
Nick and Taylor--I see what you did there...
Anyway, I like the ideas. I agree that Apple could be taking steps in that direction with having Notification Center available on the lock screen. It would make iOS more personal and "friendly" (and useful, too).
Really nice touches, especially the language. interested in your opinion on pulling out the core info of the calendar updates? Kind of like:
You're meeting Michelle in 23 minutes.
But using opacity instead, just to aid readability at a glance?
Is the lock screen going to be as relevant with Touch ID?
We are on our way to lunch right now!
@Ven Jandhyala it seems the screen has to be on still before it can be unlocked even with TouchID. But maybe only for now, indeed.
I love this. I'd still love to see like, a small illustration about the weather...
The full stop after 'sunny' is a little bit too high. It's been a slow sunday.
@Zander Brade that's what I get for changing the line height and forgetting to adjust my manually drawn, non-Helvetica, circle full stop.
This space could also be used throughout the day for social media trends in your timeline. For example: "There's a lot of chatter about #ios7 today." And then with a couple of example tweets underneath.
This way, the lock screen can serve as a medium to intelligently serve interesting content (weather, driving info, social media trends, etc.) throughout the day based on your location, upcoming events and other cool data.
Apple could definitely pull this off.
Would love to see a shot of this in context to see how well it plays with the other calls to action.
I actually think Motorola and Nokia are trying to head in this direction.
@Aaron C-T I'm not sure what you mean.
@Louie Mantia I meant like another shot to show how it looks with the rest of the lock screen.
I like the general idea of making the lock screen more useful, but this doesn't seem like a very efficient way to display information.
When looking at the lock screen I want to see everything at a glance, I don't want to have to stop and read blocks of text, especially if a big part of that text doesn't really convey any meaningful information (like "good morning").
@Sacha Greif I understand your concern, of course. Especially the weather.
The Weather section in Notification Center is a regression in iOS 7. It used to be simple. 72° and had a sun icon. You could see what was up quickly.
But now it says (very literally, transcribing from my phone): "Partly cloudy currently. The high will be 66°. Partly cloudy tonight with a low of 57°."
That's way too much. That's why in this shot, I've simplified the entire bit of information you need to: "It's 62° and sunny."
If you think that's hard to read, you'd be kidding only yourself. That's very easy to glance at and know exactly what's up. As designers, we often over-complicate already simple things. We try to imagine what it's like to be a "dumber" user, and create problems where there are none. "Good morning," as you said was meaningless, I will disagree. As I described, it's just as important to say it as knowing what day your birthday is and wish you a good one. It's friendly... and that's its use.
The only way you can shorten the sentences I have for the meeting information is by removing the bits between the "necessary" parts, which leaves something that sounds robotic: "Meeting Michelle 23 min," and frankly, I don't think that's great. As I said, iOS 7 includes a calendar day view in Notification Center, and that's great for seeing blocks of your day, but is not great at just communicating that information to you in a way a human might.
Again, I understand your concerns, I respectfully disagree.
Does this mean that this concept would just entirely eliminate the lock screen wallpaper? Blurring it out? Or do you just have a gradient background back there?
@Matt McDaniel As I said, Music when playing takes over the lock screen (and blurs+dims the background). I'd imagine this'd do the same if necessary.
But yes, I just have a gradient background, cause that's my wallpaper.
by Nathan Butler
Just a brief sketch. I found the more human concept behind the lock screen by @Louie Mantia quite exciting, and thought I'd try extending it to a simple schedule application.
Each item gives you a very brief idea what each event is about, and dynamically changes based on factors such as event cancellation ("Tony cancelled lunch.") I thought it would be exciting to also have information scrapped about the contact included in the event description. As in the example above, upcoming birthdays could be displayed, or it will notify you if the person has recently changed jobs.
This information could be scraped from services linked to the phone such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
Imagine having dinner planned with a significant other, and upon tapping the event you realize that it is their birthday! Well, you are probably in trouble regardless, but it might help you to do something up last minute.
Didn't spend a whole ton of time on this, so it is probably pretty rough around the edges, but I think the concepts are exciting.
3 months ago
@Louie Mantia Actually, in the Touch ID video, just putting your finger on a sleeping 5S unlocks the phone. The screen doesn't need to be on.
That said, this is a lovely idea. The lock screen has a lot of unused space that could be nicely appropriated.
@Waly Kerkeboom I'm fairly certain they are pressing the home button then resting their finger on the home button until it unlocks.
@Waly Kerkeboom @Louie Mantia is correct.
Step 1. Press home button down.
Step 2. Keep finger on, but not pressing, the home button.
However, the lockscreen comes on for less than a second before it unlocks the phone.
My windows phone tells me what/where/when my next event is on the lock screen (as well as the current date/time). I find it incredibly useful.
PS - Not trying to spark a controversy here...just wanted to point out that someone is doing it and I find it useful.
@April Greer Cool.
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