With the Standby function of iOS 17, the iPhone kills the alarm clock

During its WWDC 2023 conference, Apple formalized the new features of iOS 17. One of them, called StandBy, will turn the iPhone into an alarm clock.

Like every year shortly after the start of the school year, the iPhone will be full of new features thanks to a major software update. On the occasion of its conference organized as part of WWDC 2023, in particular centered on the announcement of the Vision Pro helmet, Apple presented the main developments of iOS 17. And one of them has us all what caught the eye: the StandBy functionality, capable of transforming the smartphone into an alarm clock, at a time when alarm clocks have become has-been.

StandBy is reminiscent of the “Bedside table” mode of the Apple Watch, much more complete and advanced. Concretely, when your iPhone is positioned on the side, it will present a different interface from normal use. If we had to simplify as much as possible, we would say that Apple has just invented “landscape mode” for the iPhone.

Apple support will be required to use StandBy.  // Source: Apple
Apple support will be required to use StandBy. // Source: Apple

And Apple invented landscape mode for the iPhone

« StandBy is ideal for the bedside table, kitchen worktop or office “says Apple. This feature will only activate if the iPhone is charging. It can be personalized to display what you want: the time only at night, widgets (shown intelligently, as on watchOS 10), buttons for home automation, a control center for music or even activities. live. Yes, you will be able to follow the score of the PSG – OM match while cooking thanks to StandBy.

The purpose of StandBy remains above all to display important information remotely, without the need to interact with the iPhone. This clarification is not trivial and, in fact, StandBy is designed to work best with phones equipped with an always-on screen (iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max). Without this technology, you’ll have to tap the screen or say “Siri” to wake it up. This is also a major defect of the “Bedside table” mode of the Apple Watch, unable to display the time permanently. Some people don’t like light pollution when they sleep, but that remains the main argument of a classic alarm clock: allowing us to see the time at a quick glance.

StandBy will take on its full meaning if it is associated with a MagSafe compatible base, seen in the Apple presentation, but never mentioned in the press release. This is the great mystery of this novelty: will Apple market an overpriced accessory, as it has the secret? One thing is certain: third-party accessories already offer them — like this 2-in-1 wireless charging station from Belkin (available from Apple for €119.95).

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