Once you tap the + icon, you’ll be taken to Apple’s all-new wallpaper editing interface, giving you the choice of various styles of Lock Screen as well as a few curated by Apple itself. Let’s break down the various options available.
People, as the name suggests, will display images of people you’ve snapped on your Lock Screen, with an excellent depth effect that brings the subject of the photo into the foreground. If the layout of the image is just right, the time will be displayed behind the subject for added depth.
You can also add a colour effect to the background while leaving the subject unchanged with Colour Backdrop, or you can add studio and black-and-white finishes for a more subtle effect.
Photos & Photo Shuffle is very much like the People layout, except it also includes images of landscapes, textures and other cool shots from your photo library that Apple’s onboard AI thinks could make a good Lock Screen wallpaper.
Photos will display portrait shots, while Photo Shuffle displays images from different categories including People, Pets and Nature. You’ve got the option of manually selecting up to 20 images if you’d rather have a more curated experience.
It’ll automatically change the image on a set interval, be it on tap, on wake, hourly or daily, for an ever-changing Lock Screen experience.
Emoji allows you to create an emoji-inspired Lock Screen wallpaper using up to six of your favourite emoji, with five different layouts providing a unique look. You can also change the colour of the background behind the emoji with preselected colours or a colour wheel.
Weather is a very cool Lock Screen as the look entirely depends on the current weather in your area. Much like the weather app itself, it’ll be sunny, cloudy, rainy or thundery on the Lock Screen depending on the current weather, complete with fun animations.
The only catch? There aren’t any customisation options aside from adding widgets.
Astronomy is similar to Weather in that it’ll automatically update throughout the day depending on time and location, except this view takes you into space. You’ve got several options to choose from, with various views of not only Earth but the Moon and even the entire solar system to choose from.
Like Weather, customisation is limited beyond adding widgets, but it’ll no doubt be a popular choice for space fans.
Colour offers a more simplistic approach to the Lock Screen, allowing you to select a single colour for your background – though there will be a bit of a gradient to make the colour pop. You can either select one of the preset colours or choose your own, and you can swipe left and right to view different gradient options.
Collections are a set of Apple-designed wallpapers that you can use on your Lock Screen, each with its own unique design, animation and layout. We expect these to be updated over time, as with Apple Watch faces in the Watch app.