Apple Inc. made it easier for users to unlock iOS devices by swiping on the lock screen from left to right. The Cupertino-based giant patented this technology as well, giving other smartphone makers, like Samsung and Android, competition over this method of unlocking a device. However, now it is removing this gesture in the iOS 10.
New lock screen – you might not like it
Apple Inc. has other plans for the phone unlocking mechanism and the lock screen. In place of Slide-to-Unlock, the press-home-to-open is Apple’s new gesture for unlock. Just press the home button to open the iPad or iPhone. However, Chris Mills of BGR discovers that the users will encounter a rather silly behavior, at least in the first beta.
It looks really simple – placing one’s finger on the home button without pressing and their phone will open. Well, it only looks simple. It is quite complex and feels glitchy. In the new beta, the Touch ID will unlock the phone but not open it. A user will have to scan their finger and then hit the home button to unlock their phone. It is actually the opposite of what the tech giant has been training its users to do for years.
Why this change after so many years?
Why the Cupertino-based giant is killing the iconic iPhone slide-to-unlock? The answer is – keeping it would offer the users a confusing experience in the iOS 10.
In the new UI, the dots below the “Press home to unlock” text suggests additional actions are available on the lock screen by swiping left or right. The widgets screen comes after swiping from left to right, but the gesture cannot do two things at once. And that is the reason why the users would not be able to swipe-to-unlock. In addition, swiping from right to left now will bring up the camera app. In the iOS 9, a user would need to swipe from the bottom right corner upwards to activate the camera app.
After so many years of swiping-to-unlock the iPhone, this change may possibly irritate a lot of long-time users. However, if any user has been depending on Touch ID to unlock iOS devices, then the transition will be easier.
Apple iOS 10 – how it’s different?
Apple Inc. revealed its latest OS for the iPad and iPhone – iOS 10 – on 13 June 2016 at the annual WWDC 2016 in San Francisco. The iOS 10 has got the attention of the world soon after the announcement, and everyone wants to know how this version is different from the previous one.
Apple’s new iOS brings many refinements, like a new Lock screen, redesigned Music and News apps, third-party Siri integration and few interesting new Messages features. Unfortunately, the tech giant is removing support for some older devices with the iOS 10 – such as iPad 2, third-gen iPad, the iPhone 4S, and the first-gen iPad mini.