Earlier this week, Apple unveiled iOS 10, which brings in a host of new features and improvements. But as developers are finding out, the new operating system is also putting an end to one of the oldest and iconic iOS features — Slide to unlock. This feature has been a part of iOS since the first iPhone, and during the launch in 2007, former CEO Steve Jobs had demoed it saying, “To unlock my phone I just take my finger and slide it across. We wanted something that you couldn’t do by accident in your pocket, so slide it across and boom.” Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 croreAlso Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
With iOS 10, Apple is introducing quite a few improvements to the lock screen like sliding from the right to open the camera or sliding from the left to see the widgets. This means you won’t be able to swipe to unlock the screen. Instead, you will now use the home button to unlock the iPhone. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPads
On iOS 10, placing your finger on the TouchID sensor will unlock the phone, but to open the home screen one will have to press the button. As our colleagues at BGR Classic report, the overall experience is far from being smooth and you might end up missing the slide to unlock feature. That said, this is only the first beta, and Apple would polish it before the final release later this year.
Apple is bringing in a bunch of new features and improvements with iOS 10. While a lot of focus has been on tweaking the lock screen, there are also changes to the native keyboard, Photos app, Maps, News, Apple Music, HomeKit, Phone, and iMessage. Siri too has become smarter, and is also being opened up for developers to add the service to their apps.
iOS 10 beta is now available for developers, while the first public beta will be released sometime next month. The final release will be available on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Other devices set to get the update include the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th generation, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, and the iPod touch 6th generation and iPod touch 5th generation.
For those of us who are going to miss the iconic feature, below is clip from 2007 of Jobs demoing slide to unlock. We wonder how he must feel about this.