So Apple’s iOS 10 update was rolled out last night, which came with quite a few feature additions and design changes. Among many other changes, iOS 10 made some significant changes to the way its lock screen behaves. In fact, this is one of the first major overhauls that Apple has brought to iOS in a long time. Many also argue that the new lock screen looks quite similar to the way Android UI looks and works. In addition to the lock screen, iOS 10 has also completely changed the way an iOS device is unlocked. Also Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
To begin with, it has gotten rid of the slide to unlock functionality. And if you think the unlock screen design change isn’t anything special, you probably did not entirely understand the feature upgrade that came with iOS 10. Many users have been complaining that the new lock screen has just made the process longer. When you place your Touch ID-approved finger or thumb on the home button to unlock the iPhone, they were then prompted to “Press home to open” at the bottom of the screen. Now, do not panic, there is nothing wrong with your Touch ID, and it really isn’t a backward innovation by Apple. Hear us out. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPads
Before iOS 10, I could just touch my finger on my iPad Air sensor & it opened up. Now I have to press? This is going backwards. #ios10 Also Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) September 14, 2016
Since Apple ditched the slide to unlock feature, the feature where the Touch ID automatically unlocks the iPhone with just your registered fingerprint is turned off by default on iOS 10. Basically, even if the screen is on, you would need to press the home button to unlock. So before you decide that iOS 10’s lock screen is a fail, go to Settings-> Accessibility -> Home button and toggle on the Rest finger to Open feature. This will now let you unlock your iPhone without needing to press the home button.
Also to complement the new iOS 10 lock screen, Apple eliminated the need to pick up the phone and press the power button to wake the phone. iOS 10 now comes with a Raise to Wake feature, in which you can simply lift the phone, which will automatically wake the phone and gently place your Touch ID approved thumb or finger to unlock.
Other than the changes made to the way you unlock an iPhone screen, Apple has made some other significant changes to the lock screen as well. By ditching the ‘Slide to unlock’ functionality on iOS 10, Apple has made the lock screen of the iPhone a lot more interactive and informative. The screen now has a collection of new prompts that make it easier than ever to take advantage of the lock screen. Instead of the slide up from the corners of the lock screen to access camera in iOS 9, the iOS 10 now has swipe across. Swiping to the left, launches the camera app, without needing to unlock the phone. And swiping to the right shows you all the notifications, and recently used apps among others.