Steve Jobs may have invented the three-click rule. This rule references how Apple’s late CEO and co-founder pushed the original iPod team to ensure that a user was always three clicks away from playing a song.
I’ve been thinking about creating a new lock screen when I’m in the car and how the platform’s message support for lock screen widgets has reduced the number of taps on my iPhone to launch an app or an action without to go to the home screen.
I use both Apple Maps and Google Maps for a variety of purposes, whether it’s using the Apple app to search for specific places of interest when my wife and I are going away for the weekend, or using Google Maps to navigate from one destination to another to get.
Still, it’s the combination of Google Maps and iOS 16’s lock screen widgets that I found most useful when driving anywhere, and I’m hoping for more when iOS 17 arrives.
When we head out for a drive, I switch the lock screen on my iPhone to the one above, and the Google Maps widget on the right lets me select the destination I’ve visited before and turn on the weather widget on the left there me a tip on the weather for the next few hours.
This also started the second part of setting up my iPhone for driving. Because Spotify is integrated with Google Maps, it can also play a song if needed, but since we like listening to a bunch of podcasts on the go, I use Apple’s Shortcuts feature to automate a playlist of podcasts.
As soon as I turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving, the automation starts playing my podcast playlist in Cloudy and picks up where we last left off. It’s now incredibly easy to set up my iPhone for driving, and prior to iOS 16, I spent most of my time setting up podcasts before hitting the road.
These lock screen widgets aren’t just for show — they can help reduce taps to or below the benchmark Steve Jobs set with the iPod over twenty years ago. Combine that with shortcut automation and it already becomes a time saver for me and I’m sure many others.
When it comes to iOS 17, I would like to place more widgets on the lock screen – one over and three under the time is not enough, I would like to place at least six.
However, right now, widgets and automations are a perfect combination for me when driving, both before and during, and that’s why I consider iOS 16 a great update for iPhone.
https://www.techradar.com/features/google-maps-lock-screen-widgets-in-ios-16-are-already-helping-me-plan-my-driving Google Maps Lock Screen widgets in iOS 16 is changing how I road trip