iOS 11 on the iPhone X removes the Reachability option for one-handed use

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:

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

LG V30 for me this year, I'll just keep my 6s for my Apple Watch.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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.

5. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Lololololol. No one will let him live that down. I'm waiting for the Pixel XL2. I'm hoping Google does it right.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He's gonna get it for those guarantees, that didn't materialize.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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!

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Calm down my child, least I put you in timeout for 15 minutes.

14. Furbal unregistered

The x is definitely a miss particularly for that price.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They reamed Samsung, for having the Note 8 64 gigs, for $930. Well iPhone X is $1000 for 64gigs, non expandable.

4. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

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!

6. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow, that's a silly decision. I do wonder if it's just been removed for this phone or altogether.

7. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Over a thousand dollars people, and accessibility features are not included. Really having a difficult time restraining my snide pessimism here.

9. Subie

Posts: 2448; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Read the last paragraph of the article. Sometimes a sensational headline is just for clicks.

10. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Let's hope for the best.

13. Xilam unregistered

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.

16. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Phonearena never wanna miss a single opportunity to praise apple. How apple's one handed mode is better than competitors? Explain please....

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