Upcoming in iOS 10: for the first time ever, unlocking your iPhone will not be done via swipe

Upcoming in iOS 10: for the first time ever, unlocking your iPhone will not be done via swipe
Yesterday, Apple opened its annual Worldwide Developers Conference with the obligatory keynote, revealing what the future holds for the company's operating systems, its mobile iOS included. After that, the first developer beta of iOS 10 was released, and we were itching to get it on one of our iPhones and test it out.

The first major change to the new interface greets the user as soon as the phone boots up. For 9 years, getting past the lock screen has required the user to swipe right — back in the day, it was a small block that needed to be moved from one side to the other, while the iOS 7 re-design made it so that swiping on any area would unlock the phone, but the gesture direction was still strictly left to right.

On iOS 10, swiping to the right will bring up a special widget screen, which allows you to check information at a glance, while swiping to the left immediately opens the camera. So, now that both gestures are assigned to something else, Apple needed to come up with another motion to make screen unlocking easy and intuitive, while preventing mis-swipes. Instead of utilizing screen input, the unlocking is now done by pressing on the home button.


So, for those of you who are used to waking up the screen with a press on the home button, an unlock is just another press away. Holding the key while still on the lock screen will still activate Siri, just like it does on iOS 9.

So, the new method is consistent with the way one would unlock their phone if it were locked via the TouchID fingerprint reader — a scenario in which you just press the home button once and wait for the device to scan your finger. A nice idea, which maintains consistency throughout both unlocking options.

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58 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Wow innovation.......

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

When will you trolls ever stop?

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

When there are no Apple fanboys like you left.......

18. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Idiot

23. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Lame..

26. Unordinary unregistered

So we will be stuck with mental nutjobs who put so much energy into hating a company they don't care about? LMFAO. Loser.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But in fairness, there are guys who do the same with Windows and Android. Right? As they say, turn-about is fair play. I don't think people should troll any OEM. After all they are all good and bad and are in the same sinking ship. Basically whatever OEM can dump the mos water (products) will stay afloat and the rest will eventually sink. Its capitalism at its finest. Lets just enjoy tech for what it is, no matter whose name is on it and stop treating your favor as if its the best over everything, because unless you have the actual best, what you have simply won't be overall.

52. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Hypocrite

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or no Apple? Lol don't hate Apple so much. It's not worth the stress. The world will always have stupidity. Let's just laugh and enjoy and have some popcorn.

54. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apple fanboys like me? HAHAHAHA Not sure if you're an idiot, or just downright ignorant, are you new to this site to call me an Apple fanboy?

16. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

let's see how long it takes Samsung to apply this to their non-fingerprint phones... i bet it will be even before iOS 10 hits devices in September

17. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

You can do this right now in every Samsung Galaxy, you have to disable the lockscreen and voilà it's unlocked by pressing only the home button :D

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7036; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You don't even have to do that. You can auto log into your Samsung smartphone or any Lollipop device or higher using Smart Lock. So if you have a smart watch or any Trusted Bluetooth device, then you can use that to automatically sign in to your device.

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude even with the phoen locked with a fingerprint, I can still unlock the device with just the home button. Come on, havent you even used a Samsung? Oh wait, sounds like you've never have. No surprise here

55. bonsly164

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 02, 2014

There is no "Press Home to Unlock" option in a Galaxy (yet). I'm looking at my GS6 right now. Settings>Lock screen and security settings>Screen lock type>"Swipe"/Pattern/PIN/Password/None. Swiping is still how a phone is unlocked without security enabled. "None" is not the same as pressing the home button to unlock. That option removes the lock screen altogether. Also, pressing the home button with either a pattern, pin, password, or fingerprint enabled does not unlock the phone, it wakes the phone up. Jus sayin

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow. Works just like my Android now. What I love about wearing my Gear S2 and using my Note 5, I use Samsung Quick Connect, which as long as my phone is in range of my watch, even though my Note is locked with fingerprint, I can unlock it with a quick swipe. Then when I am not using my Gear, unlocking the phone with a swipe forces me to use a password. But pressing the home button uses my print. I am being they took it off now becauxe, now that the STU patent has been invalidated and they can't make any money from it, now they are getting rid of it because it's no longer novel because veery phone has it. Lol

2. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Let see how the button easily broken at devices which not included Touch ID (Sapphire Glass design).

3. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Most of the smartphone with Fingerprint does the same in early days, Every OEM follow apple. Now, tables turned Apple follows other OEM

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

iPhones have unlocked with the fingerprint scanner since the 5S, before HTC, Samsung, LG and Sony. So, basically, you're an idiot troll.

8. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Keyboard warrior detected?

9. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I don't think you know what that means.

22. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Calling people idiots behind the keyboard is pretty much the definition of it so yea he was right.

25. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

"Keyboard Warrior" is a term used against those who are aggressive and threatening to others on the internet because they know there can by no physical recourse. I called him an idiot, not the same thing. And if your definition is true than I'm afraid 90% of the people on this site are Keyboard Warriors...

29. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Check the synonyms for aggressive. Go ahead and tell someone random on the street that he is an idiot and see what happens. Just small experiment. 90% of PA are trolls not keyboard warriors altough we had some special ones that are now banned (still using multi-accounts).

30. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Good to know, so every time someone calls me a "sheep" or something similar I'll be reporting them for abuse... I've been called many things on this site simply for the device I choose to use and many of those people are very regular posters.

32. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

And it goes other way around when you call them fandroids etc. so its a double standard.

33. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

And do you think I called them that before getting abuse dozens of times simply because I use an iPhone? Also - Fandroid = Fan of Android, it's not derogatory but a descriptive term, Sheep however is always used in a derogatory manner.

37. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Couldnt some of it be your own fault? Imean lets be honest. All of us have said "sheepish" things. Right?!

10. technoholic

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

AT&T MOTOROLA ATTRIX WAS THE FIRST IN 2011 NOT IPHONE, GOOGLE WALLET CAME OUT 2 YEARS BEFORE APPLE PAY

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