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Apple Plans to Turn Locked iPhones Into Smart Displays With iOS 17

  • The approach mimicks one used by Android operating system
  • New iOS also will offer wallet improvements, performance boost
iPhone 14 smartphones

iPhone 14 smartphones

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is planning a new interface for iPhones that shows information such as calendar appointments, the weather and notifications in the style of a smart-home display, part of a flurry of new features coming in its iOS 17 software update.

The view will appear when an iPhone is locked and positioned horizontally, operating similarly to dedicated displays offered by Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Inc., according to people familiar with the project. The idea is to make iPhones more useful when they’re, for example, lying on a person’s desk or nightstand.