Since the introduction of Apple’s custom chips for iPhone and iPad, iOS and iPadOS have featured similar functionalities with the exception of a few features.
For example, iPadOS 16 lacks the customizable Lock Screen experience offered in iOS 16 which allows users to add widgets, set wallpapers with depth effects, personalize the text and color of date and time, and more.
Previously, rumor mills reported that Apple is going to bridge that gap between iPad and iPhone Lock Screen in iPadOS 17. Now, an Apple leaker with a good track record reconfirms that claim.
iPadOS 17 will bring the personalized Lock Screen experience which iOS 16 offers
Twitter handle @analyst941 claims that the upcoming iPadOS 17 will bring all the Lock Screen customization features which are available in the current iOS 16 and the new iOS 17 updates. The same source accurately reported on iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island before it was announced.
If true, iPad users will be able to add widgets, set wallpapers with depth effects, customize the clock and date, use Lock Screen linked Focus modes, access the wallpaper gallery, and more.
Last month, developer Parker Ortolani created an iPadOS 17 concept that images new features and UI improvements he wished to in the upcoming update. Ortolani’s concept moved the clock, date, and widgets on the left side of the Lock Screen and kept the right side to display notifications.
The concept also imagined the long press functionality to access the wallpaper gallery like in iOS 16.
Earlier, @analyst941 also reported that iPadOS 17 might drop support for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (first generation) models.
1. iOS 17 Will support all models of the iPhone that was supported with iOS 16. Including ALL ‘A11 Bionic’ powered devices like iPhone 8, iPhone X.
2. As for iPadOS 17; the A9 and A10 Fusion powered iPads may or may not make it to final. It will be decided by QC in 3-4 weeks.
— 941 (@analyst941) April 12, 2023
Apple is expected to announce iPadOS 17 at the WWDC 2023 event in June, along with iOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, and other software updates.