iOS 11 on the iPhone X removes the Reachability option for one-handed use
by Kaloyan C. / Sep 14, 2017, 8:35 AM
When it comes to big screens, Apple has mostly played it conservatively: even its largest screen ever isn't nearly as big as, say, the Galaxy Note 8. But even before this, iOS had possibly the best solution to the problem of being unable to reach the very top of the screen when using your device with one hand: Reachability. Just tap (not press) the home button twice, and the entire screen will shift down by half the screen height until you tap on something.
But wait, you might be thinking, what about the new iPhone X which doesn't have a home button? Well I'm glad you asked, dear reader — it's getting the axe.
Or at least that's what developer Guilherme Rambo (a.k.a. one of the two people who dived into the leaked firmware and brought us most of the pre-announcement info about the X) seems to think, based on evidence from the iOS 11 beta:
Furthermore, as noted by Appleinsider, the feature also received a downgrade on devices other than the X: the Notification Center can't be accessed when using Reachability any more. Which is a pretty terrible decision, considering this is one of its major use cases.
But Rambo himself notes that, since this is a beta version of iOS, the feature may be implemented in some form when the X hits the shelves, while the Notification Center being inaccessible could be just a simple bug. Still, it seems pretty clear Apple isn't as afraid of small-handed people's wrath as it was back when the iPhone 6 debuted.
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Soooo glad I opted for the Note 8. It's just the better option to, and for me. Apple left a lot to be desired, with the iPhone X...Bankz should've told us about these omissions.
posted on Sep 14, 2017, 8:54 AM 15
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Lololololol. No one will let him live that down. I'm waiting for the Pixel XL2. I'm hoping Google does it right.
posted on Sep 14, 2017, 9:17 AM 7
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Who gives a fu**? Just make sure you don't touch the iPhone X!! You say this sh** every year and end up buying anyway!
posted on Sep 14, 2017, 10:22 AM 0
The x is definitely a miss particularly for that price.
posted on Sep 14, 2017, 4:07 PM 2
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as I see iPhone X isn't good phone for many reasons! 1st the price, 2nd you can't use Reachability like we see now!! , 3rd you can't use it in landscape mode like iphone 7 plus or even 6 plus ! 4th there isn't multitasking windows like iPad or Samsung phones, 5th there isn't PIP video like iPad and Samsung phones!! 6th you need additional charger and cable to use Quick Charge (you have to pay more)!! I think Galaxy Note8 is the best choice now for many reasons! I will try it soon then I will decide!
posted on Sep 14, 2017, 9:07 AM 2
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Over a thousand dollars people, and accessibility features are not included. Really having a difficult time restraining my snide pessimism here.
posted on Sep 14, 2017, 9:58 AM 1
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Read the last paragraph of the article. Sometimes a sensational headline is just for clicks.
posted on Sep 14, 2017, 10:31 AM 0
I feel like this wasn't planned out right. My biggest gripe would be the control center - the FAQ am I gonna reach for the top to enable it!!!? That's a two handed process - no thanks. Here I was happy that made control center so good and just like that - they ruin it. Then my second gripe - I like the notches on top for static info, but why not just black out the notches and maybe the bottom of the phone for symmetrical viewing of videos in landscape mode? I that that would be the way they will do it - very disapointed - hopefully I can manually resize the video - if not, then fail. I'll leave my third gripe on back burner till I test the Face ID consistency. Either way, I guess I'm not too sad now that I can't afford anything above $300 for a device.
posted on Sep 14, 2017, 2:47 PM 0
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