But there's a way Apple could bring a level of personalization with compromising its vision with themes or visible widgets: complications. On Apple Watch, they're a way to personalize our faces with quick bytes of information that can be gleaned at a glance, and they could be just as useful on our iOS devices. The time and date is already a staple of the lock screen, and a series of small, specialized functions would cut down on the number of times we need to unlock our phones even further.
It would be a perfect solution, allowing Apple to maintain the integrity of the lock screen while still giving users what they crave. And with a few new dynamic timekeeping wallpapers, it could even be a pretty cool advertisement for what you're missing on Apple Watch. The iPhone's lock screen is already the pocket watch of choice for millions of users, and a series of customizable clock faces would only drive that point home.
iOS 9 may be a transition release, but that doesn't mean it has to be a ho-hum update. Major new apps and features may grab all the headlines, but with a few tweaks, our iPhones could feel fresher than they have in years — and set the stage for next year's X-branded blowout.
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