In iOS 16, Apple overhauled the iPhone lock screen to make it much more customizable, and one of the most welcome changes is the ability to add information-rich widgets to the lock screen for the first time.
Lock screen widgets have been the sole domain of Android phones for a number of years, so it’s good to see that they’ll finally come to iPhones later this year when “iOS 16” is released in the fall.
By the looks of it, widgets provide updates from your apps that you can conveniently check at a glance without having to unlock your “iPhone” to access the home screen, but they’re minimally interactive, as tapping a widget is likely just the associated app opens.
Below is a list of all the available “widgets” that Apple included in the first “iOS 16” beta, broken down into those that can be added above or below the digital clock.
Widgets you can add over time
You can add a widget next to the date above the digital clock on the lock screen. The following list contains the standard app widget options available to you. Many of these widgets display a single data point with alphanumeric text and symbols.
- calendar – Day of the week, date, month / next event
- watch – City time zone / next alarm
- fitness – Activity statistics (calories exercised, exercise minutes, standing hours)
- memories – due today
- Stocks – single stock with up/down symbol
- weather – Lunar Events, Solar Events, Conditions, Location, Rain, Air Quality, UV Index, Wind
Widgets you can add below the time
Just below the digital clock is a larger oblong area where you can place widgets side by side horizontally. You can insert up to four square icon based widgets or up to two rectangular widgets with more information or alternatively a combination of two square widgets and one rectangular widget.
The battery widget comes in both square and rectangular versions that show the battery status of the “iPhone”. Connect AirPods and their battery will show up instead.
Oddly, when you use two battery widgets, they show the battery level for the same device instead of showing AirPods in one and “iPhone” in the other. Hopefully this is a kink that will be worked out in the beta testing phase.
The calendar widget comes in three formats. You can track the current date as a square widget (although it’s unclear why you’d want that, as the date is always displayed above the time). You can also track the time of the next upcoming event or use a larger widget to display both the event name and time.
Three clock widgets allow you to display a clock for a city to check the time in that location, and these come in one rectangular and two square variants. There’s also a world clock to show the time in up to three cities around the world, and two versions showing the next alarm.
A fitness widget shows the activity ring graph, while a larger gauge shows your activity ring stats (movement, exercise, standing).
For the Home app, two widgets display all indoor climate sensors, one displays all lights and switches, and another notifies you of security issues. You can also monitor a specific security accessory or view a home summary (security, climate and lighting).
A single larger widget features today’s top news.
A single larger widget provides quick access to one of your reminder lists and shows the next reminder that is due.
A smaller widget and a larger widget allow you to view price quotes and track a symbol’s performance throughout the day. There is also a larger widget that shows three stocks.
Eight optional weather widgets to display lunar events, solar events, conditions, location, rain, air quality, UV index, and wind. Only the current weather conditions and lunar events come in larger widget format.
More widgets to come
This list of widgets shouldn’t be treated as comprehensive, as Apple may add more or tweak existing ones before the public release of “iOS 16” this fall. Developers can also create widgets for third-party apps using Apple’s new WidgetKit API. So expect many more lock screen widgets to come.