Many people never use Reachability on iPhones, yet it takes up a critical shortcut (poll results)
posted by Victor H. / Oct 17, 2016, 9:32 AM
Apple has a long history with small phones: up until late 2014, its biggest phone was a 4" device, a size that seems too small for most people these days. There was a seemingly sound argument behind keeping screen sizes small and that was the fact that you could easily use a small phone with just one hand.
In order to retain that one-hand functionality in its newer iPhones, Apple introduced a feature called 'Reachability': double tap on the Home key on your iPhone, and the app you're using slides down so that you could easily reach the top part.
More than two years after the introduction of Reachability, we live in a world, where big phones are not a rare sight, but the overwhelming majority. And we wondered: do people even use this shortcut on their iPhones these days?
Just as we suspected, the majority of users never or very rarely use this shortcut: more than 40% of our readers don't use it, while some 31% still do use it on a regular basis.
So having such a key shortcut occupied by something that is not used by many people just seems like a waste. After all, imagine if you could fire up the camera by double tapping the home button, a shortcut that we're sure many iPhone users would appreciate. Or maybe have the option to set your own shortcut for the double tap action, Apple?
Do you ever use the Reachability feature on your iPhone?
Yes, I use it regularly
Nope, never or very rarely
I have an Android phone, but let me see the results!
Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015
I have used an iPad a couple of times,for work reasons, and have actually found this somewhat use full,since there are no navigation keys.
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 9:40 AM 0
I want your mythical iPad. Do you also claim you have all the devices any manufacturer made in past 100 years?
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 10:12 AM 5
"No navigation keys" spoken like a clueless android user. It's been a long long time since navigation buttons have been primary way to navigate in iOS. Try gestures. Swiping from edge of screen in browser - go back and forward. Force swipe will open all recent apps, but foceswiping all the way across the screen goes back to previous app (like the back button on android). Since you mentioned iPad - try taking your fingers and pinch on the screen - that will take you out of the app. Multi-finger swipes will help you navigate between apps on a bigger screen instead of swiping from edge on a smaller screen like iPhone. You can customize some gestures using accessibility options, there's also triple click, double tap, etc. If you want to learn more - ask! Don't just blabber your lack of experience - that only paints you as ignorant or simply a liar. You don't want to be any of those, do you?
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 3:02 PM 0
Posts: 2144; Member since: Nov 04, 2011
They should have created a split view rather than reachability. It would not be that hard to show another pane of the home screen as you can click on any app to create another viewing pane.
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 9:52 AM 0
Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013
I have split view on my Android phone. I use it about as much a reachability on my iPhone. I'm dead serious!
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 10:13 AM 2
Posts: 2144; Member since: Nov 04, 2011
I know what you mean. Saying that I have it and using it are two different meanings...Some people like to say that have every feature, but in reality, haven't and aren't used by most users. Thanks for sharing that info.
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 11:16 AM 0
Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012
Maybe cut down those massive ass bezels and reachability won't be such an issue
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 9:57 AM 3
Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011
That made no sense at all. People generally hold their phones around the side, not underneath.
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 10:17 AM 3
Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015
the funny thing is it does, because there are a lot of people that grip the phone at the bottom or in a way that's affected by the vertical bezels plus the massize side bezels could use an improvement too
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 2:20 PM 2
Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015
I dont even know what it is. never use force touch either
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 12:02 PM 1
Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016
The feature is a good idea, poorly implemented compared to Samsung's own One-Handed mode. On the Galaxy, you still retain 100% of the content on the display, even when you shrink it down, while on iOS; you lose 40% of the screen original content an have to scroll. All because either Samsung patented their concept, and there is no way to do it with licensing or getting sued or Apple was too lazy to just come up with a better way.
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 1:03 PM 0
Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015
"So having such a key shortcut occupied by something that is not used by many people just seems like a waste." Dear author... It is not yours or anybody's personal opinion that should matter in removing a feature. People like you may not use. But there are people who use it. You can't just publicly say that "we should remove that damn option". It all boils down to consumer preference. Atleast mention that Apple should give you option to assign multiple tasks to double press of the home key. Don't be a pessimist.
posted on Oct 18, 2016, 8:45 AM 0
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