Concept: How Apple could expand iPhone customization beyond widgets with iOS 15
Added 05-14-21 01:31:02pm EST - “iOS 14 saw the introduction of Home Screen widgets on the iPhone, and that alone was expected to cause a tsunami of creative customization on the platform. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Even though it's been possible for…” - 9to5mac.com
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iOS 14 saw the introduction of Home Screen widgets on the iPhone, and that alone was expected to cause a tsunami of creative customization on the platform. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Even though it’s been possible for a few years now, regular consumers discovered that they could create custom icons using the Shortcuts app. We saw an explosion of custom icon packs, widget designer apps, and tutorials on how to make your iPhone look a very specific way. If Apple wants to lean into customization, it could do it in a few ways that still allow it to keep control of the platform’s core design.
I’ve selected three key features that Apple could implement to expand customization. They’re all dead simple and, frankly, really familiar to Apple.
iOS now offers two distinct system themes: a light mode and a dark mode. It also offers a timed option that lets your iPhone switch between the two automatically on a schedule. But Apple has the technology to go deeper than that.
Apple already uses the ambient light sensor in iPhones to adjust the brightness of your screen. It could also use the ambient light sensor to switch between light and dark modes. If you turn your lights off, dark mode gets turned on automatically. When you open your blinds in the morning, light mode gets enabled. Even something as simple as stepping from a lit room into a dark room would change the theme.
To complement the ambient and dark themes, you could enable dark icons in dark mode. Apple apps that use white backgrounds could finally earn black backgrounds when dark mode is enabled. It’s currently quite jarring to see so many bright white icons in dark mode.
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