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YOUR iPhone is getting a brand new Lock Screen today as Apple rolls out a redesign to iPhones around the globe.

The major change is one of a number introduced with the release of iOS 16, the latest version of the iPhone operating system.


Apple began rolling the free update to iPhones around the world on September 12 after announcing it in June.

You'll need an iPhone 8 or later to download and install it.

And fans are divided on the new look, with some praising it and others describing it as "ugly" on social media.

Here's everything you need to know about the new Lock Screen.

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New iPhone Lock Screen – what's changed?

For a start, you'll now get access to Lock Screen widgets in iOS 16.

These Apple Watch-style "complications" let you quickly view info.

This includes upcoming calendar events, the weather, battery levels, alarms, time zones, your Activity ring progress and more, according to Apple.

You can also now have a "multi-layered" background effect on the Lock Screen. This sets the subject of a photo in front of the time to create a cool depth effect.

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And you can even change the appearance of the date and time for the first time, with different style and colour options.

There are preset options to enjoy that you can customise, or you can create your own Lock Screen yourself.

You'll also be able to take advantage of Live Activities, a new feature that tracks real-time events.

This could include a workout, sports scores, your taxi journey or a food delivery order – all from the Lock Screen.

Finally there's a new design that sees notifications rolling up from the bottom of the display, so you have the best possible view of the Lock Screen.

Fans don't appear united in their opinion of the redesign.

One person on Twitter wrote: "That new iPhone lock screen ugly af."

Another described the update and the additional customisation options it brings as a "game-changer".

What is iOS 16?

Every year, Apple rolls out a new version of its iOS software for iPhone.

This is the core operating system that powers the device, delivering Apple's apps, features and designs to your iPhone.

This year's new version is called iOS 16 and its packed with new iPhone features users have been waiting for.

This includes a new Lock Screen with widgets, stylized Portrait wallpapers, and notifications that roll up from the bottom.

Messages are also getting a major update that lets you edit or recall recently send messages, as well as recover recently deleted messages or mark conversations as unread.

Lockdown mode and Safety Check are also new to the iPhone game adding safety features that protect users from online hacking and abuse.

How to get iOS 16

To try out iOS 16 for yourself, you'll need to update your iPhone software.

Head to Settings > General > Software Update.

You can then tap Upgrade to iOS 16 at the bottom of the screen and then Download and Install.

On some iPhones, you'll be directed to Download and Install automatically.

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You'll be asked to enter your iPhone passcode (if it has one) and then agree to Apple's terms and conditions.

The download and installation process will take up to an hour, so make sure you send any important messages before starting.

You can leave the beta at any time.

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