iOS 16.1 was released in September with support for Live Activities in third-party apps. This feature allows iPhone users to stay on top of real-time events, such as a sports game or a food delivery order, right on the Lock Screen or Dynamic Island.
Live Activities are essentially real-time notifications displayed on the iPhone’s Lock Screen, providing information at a glance. Live Activities are also displayed in the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. You can long press Live Action on the Dynamic Island to view additional information.
Below, we’ve highlighted five incredibly useful iPhone apps with Live Action support for sports scores, parking, flights and more.
With the FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar, the FotMob app can be used to track live match scores throughout the tournament for a month. To do so, open the FotMob app, tap on a game in progress, and tap on the star in the upper right corner. This will result in a live scoreboard appearing on the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island.
Beyond the World Cup, the Sports Alerts app can be used to track live scores from many other sports leagues, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA football and basketball. To do so, open the Sports Alert app, tap an ongoing game, tap the three dots in the upper right corner, and select Start Live Action. This will result in a live scoreboard appearing on the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island with play action.
With the ParkMobile app, you can keep track of how much time is left before your parking spot payment expires in parking lots that work with the app.
Flighty lets you view flight status right on the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island, along with departure and arrival times, gate changes, delays and more.
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With the Citymapper app, you can keep track of public transport on the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island, including step-by-step walking directions to a station or stop, the next departure, the number of stops left, times arrivals, and many more.
Last month, we shared a list of more than two dozen apps with Live Actions support. Apple also previewed Live Activities support for Uber, Starbucks, and Nike Run Club, but none of those apps have been updated with support for the feature yet.