Apple has announced that the Live Activities Lock Screen capability will be available with the release of iOS 16.1. Apple informed developers that the Activity Kit API is now available for developers to begin incorporating Live Activities into their apps.
Live Activities are always-updated interactive alerts that allow you to monitor what’s going on in real-time right from the Lock Screen. For example, if you’re watching a sports event, you can see the current score on the Lock Screen, or if you’re waiting for an Uber, you can watch for your driver to approach.
Live Activities will be visible on the Lock Screen, and iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max owners will also view them on Dynamic Island.
Apps featuring Live Activities will be allowed to be published to the App Store once the iOS 16.1 release candidate is available to developers. For the time being, developers can use Test Flight to test the function.
Historically, iPhone alerts have been a poorly handled system. With the latest modifications, Apple has finally caught up to Android in terms of notification management versatility.
The redesigned Lock Screen will be available in the autumn, along with the upgraded iOS 16 operating system.