“I stand by my claim that iPhone X is the best damn product Apple has ever made but that doesn’t mean it can’t and shouldn’t get better,” Ritchie writes. “That includes how new features like Face ID, gesture navigation, Control Center access, and Lock screen buttons are currently implemented.”
“None of these will come as news or a surprise to Apple,” Ritchie writes. “Designers and engineers prototyped all of them and more for a long time before we ever got to see iPhone X. In some cases, there might be really good reasons for rejecting them. In others, the decisions may have been very, very close. Either way, Apple has changed and evolved its collective mind in the past, and they’ll certainly do so again. Maybe. Hi.”
Five ways Apple could improve iPhone X usability
1. Rest Gaze to Open
2. Hide Home Indicator
3. Control Center in the Switcher
4. Rotation Lock… except for media
5. Customizable Lock screen shortcuts
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1. Yes, please. (Although that might dismiss notifications before you’re finished reading them, which could be an issue.)
2. Please, yes, for the love of God!
3. Okay, but a quick swipe down from the top right is quick enough access for most
4. Yes, please.
5. Yes! Think Apple Watch complications!
We look at 1,2,3 and, to some extent, 5 as Apple’s “training wheels” for iPhone X’s new paradigm. They’ll likely come off soon enough. No.4 just looks like a messy oversight unless Apple’s thinking, “What if the iPhone is in a vertical holder that can’t be readily moved, like in a car or on a camera mount or something?”