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. 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 side button, to consult the Lock screen’s time and date display, and then shove the phone right back into your pocket. The iPhone goes back to sleep after a few seconds.
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.
The Lock screen is the centerpiece of three other important screens. You can swipe up, left, or right to bring them into view.
Swipe left to open the Camera app (“The Camera App”).
Swipe right to reveal the Today (Widgets) screen (“The Today Screen (Widgets)”).
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center shortcuts screen (“Control Center”).
Swipe down from the upper-right corner for the Control Center.
Keep this map in your head every time you wake your phone:
A notification is an update from an app trying to get your attention. You get ...