Chapter 3. The Lock Screen & Notifications

The Lock screen—the first thing you see when you wake the iPhone—is more than just a big Do Not Disturb sign. It’s a lively bulletin board for up-to-date information about your life. And, in iOS 10, it’s had a big promotion. Now it’s possible to have complete work sessions right at the Lock screen, without even fully unlocking the iPhone.

For starters, you can use the iPhone as a watch—millions of people do. Just lift the sleeping phone, or press the Sleep or Home button, to consult the Lock screen’s time and date display, and then shove the phone right back into your pocket. The iPhone relocks after a few seconds.

If you’re driving, using the Maps app to guide you, the Lock screen shows the standard GPS navigation screen. Handy, really—the less fumbling you have to do while driving, the safer you are.

Better yet, the Lock screen is a handy status screen. Here you see a record of everything that happened while you weren’t paying attention. It’s a list of missed calls, text messages received, notifications from your apps, and other essential information.

Four Swipes, You’re In

The Lock screen in iOS 10 is the centerpiece of four other important screens. You can swipe up, down, left, or right to bring them into view.

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center shortcuts screen (Control Center).

  • Swipe down from the top to view your Notification Center—a master list of missed calls, appointments, alerts, and so on (The Notification ...

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