Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)

Techniques for displaying relevant user interface objects when a device is put into viewing position are disclosed. The device is able to adjust its display in response to a user approaching a vehicle. Display updates are based on an arrangement of user interface information to unlock the vehicle.

Modern personal electronic devices may feature small forms factors. Exemplary personal electronic devices include but aren’t only limited to smart phones. Personal electronic devices can be used to display and manipulate objects from the user interface on small display screens.

The most common user interface objects are digital images, video and text, along with icons, buttons, control elements, and other graphics. When used in this disclosure, the term icon refers to an image used to represent and to start an application, in accordance with its usual meaning in the law. A “widget”, which is utilized in art to define the simplified appearance of an application is also an icon for the purposes of this disclosure.

The interfaces used by users for personal electronic devices that are smaller in size can be inefficient since they require multiple manipulations before proper data is shown.

There are a variety of methods to display user interface items using personal devices.

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