Reimagining the iOS Lock Screen [Update 1.2.1]
The lock screen. You look at it at the first press of the home button. It's not the most visited interface on your phone, of course, but that doesn't mean there has to be less focus on it than other aspects of your phone.
This is the lock screen in iOS 6.
And this is the lock screen on iOS 1.
They look, in majority, the same. The user interface has remained relatively unchanged since iOS 6 (with the exception of the camera grabber and the loss of the lock icon). This is the same case for other elements of iOS. An old UI originating in 2007 that has remained unchanged. This has left iOS 6 being reviewed as stale and bland in design.
The lock screen is used to lock your phone when not in use, and not accidentally unlock your phone while in your pocket (somehow). It's also used to present small amounts of information to the user quickly, in this case, the date and time. But what if more options are added?
For a long time now, the jailbreaking community has been writing tweaks to edit the appearance and functionality of the lock screen, such as adding the ability of viewing the weather forecast. The jailbreaking community is also a source of inspiration in feature addition for Apple, evident in iOS 5's notifications overhaul.
While I know there are many other concepts similar to the following, even only on The Verge's forums. The following is a redesign of the lock screen to expose more of the wallpaper and display different types of information quickly.
You can look quickly at the weather forecast and current temperature (this one's in Celsius) for your local weather. Simply tap on the right half of the top bar to open the weather app. Prompts for passcode if enabled. Swipe left to reveal next widget.
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- Added lock screen animation
- Added settings for widgets
- Slightly edited music controls (Thanks, Sentry!)
- Added acknowledgements
- Removed navigation dots
- Swipe horizontally instead of vertically to switch "widgets"
- Added playback controls
- Expanded "widget" bar for some "widgets"
- Added Facebook and Twitter logos to respective "widgets"