Lock screen mockup

Rethinking the iPhone Lock Screen

This post is in reference to “An ex-Apple designer has a great idea to make the iPhone more useful when you wake up” by TechInsider.

Let me start by saying that I don’t actually have a problem with the lock screen on iOS. I think it does the job of allowing me a quick way into the apps that I want, ways to reply to messages without unlocking the phone, and just general heads up information. But could it be more?

Louis Mantia took a shot at a lock screen redesign, and it actually looks really nice. As he says:

“Missed notifications and weather; that’s most of what I need.”

That’s exactly what he’s designed here. You can see missed notifications in the middle, separated by apps, and there’s weather at the bottom. Time is also displayed. It’s clean, it works, and it’s good design. But I’m not convinced that this is really the direction that Apple should go.

Personally, what I really like about the lock screen notifications on iOS is that I can read through messages and decide if they’re worth replying to. This lock screen doesn’t allow for that. Also, what is this worth in a post-Apple-Watch-launch world? Seems like notifications and weather are the perfect kind of glance-able information for the wrist.

Good design for the sake of good design isn’t always a good thing. Good design needs to facilitate ease of use. I think Apple needs to keep reforming notifications and the lock screen, but I don’t think that this is the solution.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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