One of the most important new features of iOS 16 is the ability to build new lock screens (lock screens) with your own widgets and other customizations. So you now get your own set of mini-applications that adorn the lock screen and can be grasped at a glance. Of course, this becomes particularly interesting with the always-on display of the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. So far, however, there was a catch here too. Anyone who simply wanted to add new widgets to the previous lock screen image or edit it in some other way was faced with an inconvenience: Apple always forced them to generate a new lock screen from the classic one. Fortunately, with iOS 16.3 this will now stop.
If you now long-click on the classic lock screen and get to the “Customize” menu, a new option will appear. Instead of being immediately offered to generate a new one based on the current lock screen – in order to then equip it with widgets or otherwise adapt it – this is now also possible simply and simply with the existing background image (wallpaper). So if you were just waiting to edit your classic lock screen (e.g. to reset the bold font of the time that was forced to be activated with iOS 16), you can now do so.
The classic lock screen then becomes a modern one. The next time it is called up, it can be further configured like any other lock screen with customizations and widgets. Apple explains it like this: “Customizing the current lock screen replaces the current background image on the home screen. Adding a new background image leaves the old background image and generates a new one.” Since it’s relatively pointless to keep an old-style lockscreen, the new option makes a lot of sense, as it brings some convenience gains and also makes the configuration more logical.
A little warning
However, the new function also comes with a warning: If you decide to change the classic lock screen directly as explained above, it will no longer be a classic lock screen in the future. The option therefore exists exactly once. Since this has no disadvantages (see above), but on the contrary only brings the classic lock screen into the “new era”, this shouldn’t really be a problem.
What is annoying, however, is something else: With iOS 16, Apple heralded the end of classic static background images. There is a large selection of new, dynamic wallpapers, but many of the wallpapers that were once available for years are no longer there and have to be painstakingly restored manually via the photo library if a source is found.
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