Apple is going to kill the iPhone’s home screen

“The home screen has always been at the center of the iPhone experience,” Bryan Derballa writes for Wired. “At WWDC, Apple signaled that we’re moving on.”

“With iOS 9, the bulk of interaction will happen elsewhere, dispersed among intelligent notification panels, powerful search tools, and context-specific suggestions that put relevant apps a flick away,” Derballa writes. “The dependable home screen will still exist, but for the first time, it feels secondary.”

“The tentpole feature is Proactive Assistant,” Derballa writes. “iOS 9 will try to anticipate what you need when you need it. If you fire up NYT Now each morning right when you wake up, iOS 9 will endeavor to note the habit and make the app available in the morning as a shortcut on the lock screen. When you plug in headphones, the new OS will serve up music based on your location, eliminating the need to find the music app. These new features join the lock screen’s current offerings for circumventing the home screen grid: the swipe-up control center and swipe-down ‘today’ window.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Proactive is Google Now, but with privacy.

We do it in a way that does not compromise your privacy… We honestly just don’t want to know. All of this is done on the device device. — Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering, June 8, 2015


The best new iOS 9 features Apple didn’t mention at WWDC – June 9, 2015
Apple previews iOS 9 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – June 8, 2015


    1. iOS was slick and simple and totally intuitive.

      one button – home
      that one button got a high tech improvement
      a finger print scanner
      this totally made unlocking easier then ever and secure
      bye bye passcodes and pattern unlocking
      however, the Apple geniuses had another plan
      this finger print scanner would also link to purchases
      your finger print to buy things… how cool is that?

      SO – Its real hard to see this amazing circular button,
      a plan in a long development – this ergonomic single physical button – -suddenly disappearing.

      SO intuitive — how silly things will become…
      a screen you touch WILL now just KNOW its you THERE and no one else… at idle the screen is off… what you touch it and if the fingers some how recognize its you the screen activates?

      not very cool
      how does it know or train ?

      Not liking it

  1. All of that stuff will end up about as popular as pop-up ads for me. I’ll tell my computer what I need when I need it, thanks. If they made their things forget everything you’ve done so others couldn’t get your things and see what you’ve been up to THAT would be protecting your privacy.

    1. How can others get to your things? There is Touch ID, Two step authentication, and the Kill Switch.

      Even I couldn’t get to my info if I don’t remember these things.

      1. Touch ID was compromised twice (at least) at launch allowing anyone to bypass all security *by using the items on the lockscreen*

        Apple, this may be something I’ll use.. Or maybe something I’ll not like.
        Give ME the option to turn this on/off.

        1. You are arguing an unrelated point. The article was arguing that the Proactive Assistant is a very helpful feature (and it is hard to argue that it isn’t). Bob argued that he doesn’t want his phone remembering (or predicting) things, presumably so that “others” cannot get his things and see what he’s been up to; Paul’s argument is that the phone’s built-in security features are designed to prevent anyone else other than the owner from seeing any data on the phone.

          Then your argument goes on an unrelated subject (security vulnerabilities of the iOS). While discussion may be valid (if there are any issues with iOS security that might allow an intruder to access the device without user authorisation), we weren’t discussing that here, and it is rather pointless.

          As it is, iOS is more secure than any computing platform out there, and actual exploits in the wild (or cases where someone compromised an iPhone) are practically non-existent. So, while “Touch ID was compromised twice (at least)”, there were no reports that anyone data was compromised because of this (not to mention that the issue was fixed anyway).

          As for the option to turn this off, I have no doubt that you’ll have that choice if you wish, much like with most other features in iOS.

          1. Apple used to have options like that to turn on/off new “features” but in the past few releases of iOS.. No. Some have been updated to allow the option later.

            I see your point about the Touch ID, but anything that’s allowed on the lockscreen has the potential to be exploited/seen by someone you don’t want to see it.

            Just saying that nothing is 100% secure, even apple screws up from time to time.

            1. does this asshole silverhawk ever have anything to say about the subject of the forum, or is he/she/it that paid hall monitor?

            2. mr quick silver loves to agitate and provoke negative responses by defining who he feels is a troll… when in it is he who is – by the definition itself.

      1. Anyone who has used Google’s equivalent on Android knows how cool and helpful it is (never mind how creepy, since Google uses the data to build a precise picture of you for selling to marketers).

        To expand on the example from the article: you get your newspapers on the lockscreen in the morning; you walk out of your home on a weekday and the notification on screen tells you that the subway line is delayed and you’ll get to work faster by bus. It also serves you a discount coupon for Starbucks (just before you reach the store). You get on the bus, and as you approach your destination, the phone reminds you: “it’s Wednesday, farmer’s market is on 47th street” (noticing that you go there every Wednesday), etc, etc…

        When Google does this, it feels uneasy and a bit creepy; once Apple begins doing it, I know my data remains with Apple and nobody will be paying for it.

    1. I agree with you 200%! I want to be in charge of my devices, my thoughts, my actions, not be driven slavishly by some automated software! It will be a sad day for humanity when some wired circuits are given that type of control, and sadder still when we begin to believe that its a better way for us to live and progress. Technology? Yes!!! Control? Absolutely NOT!!

      1. Nobody is taking charge. These devices were invented to help us go about our lives. When pre-historic man invented a hammer by tying a piece of rock to a stick of wood, he did that in order to make it easier to chop up that boar that he caught. We now have phones to save us time when communicating with others, or when looking for information. The devices we now have allow us to do all sorts of things that improve our lives. Rather than having to memorise needlessly mundane things (such as remembering to look for a discount coupon in order to save money on my morning coffee, or checking the news regarding traffic for my morning commute), we can offload such mundane tasks to our phone, and use our time for more important (or more pleasurable) things.

        Much like when washing machine saved 10 hours per week of hard labour for a family (which was, at the time, done exclusively by the woman of the family), nobody complained that they were giving up the control of how the laundry was washed to a machine.

        The whole idea that we are somehow giving up control over our devices, our thoughts and our actions by allowing the devices to anticipate our needs and provide assistance is pure nonsense. Vast majority of people live life according to a weekly pattern (weekday alarm clock at 8am; weekday coffee at 8:30; weekday commute out and back; weekday time in the office; weekday lunch at 1pm; weekend trip to a supermarket, etc, etc, etc). It is fairly easy to develop an algorithm that will anticipate actions and offer help. There is absolutely nothing sinister or negative here. If you don’t like it, by all means, feel free to turn it off. For me, it will allow me not to have to think of mundane staff, which will give me more time to be creative (or to be entertained).

  2. Apple sure as hell is not getting rid of the home screen on the iPhone. That claim is just as ridiculous as the claim that Steve Jobs had recorded himself announcing the Apple Watch before he died and they were going to just play the video.

  3. MS has built a lot of anticipatory stuff into Office (clippy etc). And they fail to be helpful with 100% certainty, they get EVERYTHING wrong.
    I hope Apple is a LOT better than that.

  4. I hate all this predictive/notification crap.

    I happened to buy a pair of shoes on-line (never again! Internet shoe sizes and actual shoe sizes sizes apparently inhabit completely different planets!), and ever since then all I get on the websites I visit are ads for shoes! I’ve bought the damned things already!

    And I can just see (predict?) my iPhone driving me up the wall with its nonsensical behaviour predictions and incessant notifications (what if I don’t want to read the ****ing NYT that day!?)

    I actually don’t mind what they do with iOS 9, and I’m sure a lot of you will love whatever Apple throws at you – I don’t mind as long as it also allows me to switch off all this “anticipation” nonsense.

    1. I’m sick and tired of all the sliding crap that Apple adopted from Android

      Is there a reason that Apple can’t have clear buttons on the screen with obvious functionality shown?

      1. Slide from the side, top, bottom is totally unintuitive and sloppy.

        Really Apple too much has been adopted from Android now.
        Same goes for Windows. Apple adopted a lot of Window ideas so it would be easier to convert.

        Because Apple does it with grace and style does not mean it is a great idea.

  5. I uploaded iOS9 to my iphone 6 yeasterday evening. It had to be the most painless and quick update ever. Took about 15 minutes, and I didn’t have to restore my apps/data. It was already there.

    That was a completely unexpected surprise. They are really on it now.

  6. I wish they would put more emphasis on letting Siri do things like that for me. If there was a way for me to “auto mute/put to vibrate every Monday 10:00 am to 11:30 am; then back to ring tone; Same every Wednesday afternoon 1 pm to 3:00 pm.

    I hate having (forgetting to set) the vibe ringtone on and off when there is a consistent time.

    Or “Siri, notify me every Monday at 10:00 AM and every Wednesday at 1 PM.”

    No, I know that i can do things in Cal but it would be nice with all of this “anticipation” for Siri to just “anticipate” on a weekly basis but telling it.

    1. I thought iOS like Android already had a feature allowing the user to schedule ‘silencing’ the phone during certain set times. (e.g. between 10pm to 7am, turn off sound but vibrate/blink LED when notifications arrive).

  7. They need to add the ability to give Siri a custom name. If you work in an office or listen to a podcast and someone says “Hey Siri!” everyone’s phone perks up. I’d like to be able to give mine a nickname. I hope some of the Proactive features can be turned off. I can’t remember what it was, but there was something that was mentioned in the keynote as a proactive feature that I thought would be problematic. iOS9 will see when an invitation comes in your email and will add it automatically to your calendar and remind you. I can see spammers abusing that. I hope Apple lets us turn it off. I want control over what is added to my calendar.

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