Stand► is a new iPhone feature

Apple announced Stand► — a new feature that turns the iPhone into a kind of smart display when docked on its side. The company announced this new trick on stage at WWDC 2023 while debuting iOS 17, which is expected to arrive this fall. Image

Stand► comes with iOS 17 and automatically turns on when your iPhone is charging and horizontally. It’s designed to be seen from afar and can display the time, Apple Home controls, weather forecast, smart groups of Apple apps and other features. At night, Stand► adapts the screen to low light, taking on a red tone to help you fall asleep

Apple says that Stand► will automatically display the right information at the right time, such as displaying a schedule before a meeting starts. It also adds another hands-free way to use Siri, acting as a smart speaker; you can ask Siri to play music like you would on the HomePod, and in standby mode, the phone will display visual results when you ask the voice assistant questions.

Basically, it seems to turn your smartphone into a smart display.

There was no talk of Stand► coming to the iPad, where it would be really effective as a smart display. But Apple has announced that it’s bringing interactive widgets to the iPad — saying you can now control things like smart lights directly from the Apple Home widget on the iPad. We still don’t know if this will work for iPhone widgets, but it’s a feature I personally really want to see.

Apple Home users have been asking for a smart display from Apple for years. The company is the only major smart home platform without it. A smart screen is loosely defined as a common touchscreen interface for the home that is easily accessible by everyone in the home.

Although the Apple Smart Display has been rumored for some time, it has yet to appear. Stand► on the iPhone and interactive widgets on the iPad certainly feel like a stopgap test to make a dedicated smart display work in Apple’s ecosystem. But none of this effectively addresses the utility aspect of a smart screen — a device that anyone in the home can easily use. This is something Google has shown with its new Pixel tablet, also designed to be a home tablet. Apple, the ball is in your court.

Source: TheVerge

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