Today, Sonos has released a big update to its Controller app for iPhone and iPad that improves user experience.
Sonos Controller for iOS finally adds support for lock screen controls, in addition to embracing Apple’s 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. With the new version of the Sonos Controller app for iOS released today, the company is bringing playback buttons to the surface with lock screen controls.
Start playback, then lock your iPhone, and when you next turn on the display you’ll see album art for the current track, how far through it you are, controls to skip forward or back, play/pause, and a volume slider. A small legend tagged onto the album art shows which zone the music is playing in, and there’s an icon to show what service it’s streaming from, such as Spotify.
The company has also added support for Peek and Pop, Apple’s pressure-sensitive features of 3D Touch, which allows you to control playback and jump into search directly from the Sonos icon on the home screen.
Sonos has also made improvements to streaming quality from Rhapsody and Napster.
Sonos Controller is available as a free download from the App Store. The app requires any device running iOS 7.0 or later and has been optimized for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.