Lock Screen Necessary?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bodhi395, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I've recently got an iphone and love it, but am wondering why the lock screen is necessary? I always thought it was so your iphone isn't accidently turned on when its in your pocket or something. But, I've found once the screen turns off, you can't turn it back on without pressing the home button or the on/off button. No amount of accidental touches to the screen in your pocket is going to turn it on. Also, the chances of pressing the home button or on/off button accidently are quite slim, since one is depressed and the other takes a fair amount of force to press I've found. It seems like an unnecessary feature, unless I'm missing something. It would be much more user friendly to just have the screen turn off and lock like it normally does, but when you press the home button or on/off switch, it would take you directly to the main iphone screen(no lock screen at all).

    Anyone else agree?
  2. macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Press the home button twice. ;)
  3. macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2007
    Essex, United Kingdom
    Double tap the home button on the lock screen for limited iPod controls.

    EDIT: Damn, beat me to it! haha
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Ok, thanks... but it would still be nice to not even have to go through a lock screen to control the ipod function.
  5. macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2007
    Essex, United Kingdom
    Yeah, i guess i understand where your coming from, but it is there as an extra layer of security to prevent unintended touches.
    Perhaps they should add the option to have it enabled or disabled.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    ....you don't have to go through the lock screen to control the ipod....it works the same as the touch.

    when in the locked position, simply press the home button twice and the ipod controls will come up. Yes you need to unlock it to change albums and such, but its just about the same trouble to switch albums and artists on a regular iPod.

    On a regular iPod you have to back track through menus and scroll all the way to the album you want.

    on the iphone just slide to unlock, press iPod, and use cover scroll. a quick flick of the risk and you're good to go....
  7. macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    The lock screen makes perfect sense to me... Let's say the sleep/wake button does get accidentaly pressed (or the home button, and trust me, it isn't as hard as you make it seem to hit the buttons while it is in you pocket), then you stick your hand in your pocket to get something else and your hand brushes the screen. Without the lock screen there is no telling what would get turned on and how long it would stay running before you figured out you touched something.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    It seems like the chances of you accidently hitting the button AND sticking your hand in your pocket AND touching the screen AND opening something is quite unlikely and doesn't justify an entire extra layer of security.

    I would at least like the option of turning it off.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    hasn't your school counselor ever taught you about good touches and bad touches? thats why the lock screen is there...
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    My iPhone has unlocked itself 3 times in my pocket since I bought it last July. It has somehow dialed a recent number. I carry a card wallet in that pocket, so I would imagine one of its corners hit the recessed button, and my walking swiped it. As for how it dialed, I can only imagine the fabric my slacks' pockets are made of is not very thick, and my thigh "tapped" a recent number.

    I carry the phone in my pocket every day, its happened 3 times, I would call that rare, but if it did not have to hit the button to start inputing swipes and whatnot, I would imagine it would happen more often.

    I also specifically carry the phone with the screen pointing towards my thigh. That would make it easier to swipe i would think.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2009
    You don't need to go to the lockscreen for iPod controls...
    Just double-tap the home button in any application for the controls.

    Also, if you have the headphones that came with it, just push the button on the wire to the earbuds to pause.

    Unless I'm missing something...?

    EDIT: Sorry, didn't check the date. Must've not been in the firmware then. ;)
  12. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    Wow not only did you nerco this, but you said the same thing 5 people above you said..
  13. macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    While we're on the subject, am I the only one who's annoyed that, as of 3.0, double clicking the home button to bring up the music controls when there is no music playing at the moment starts playing songs in a random order instead of going through the song list alphabetically like it used to? Bug much?
  14. macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2007
    its supposed to do that, so you can quickly start a random shuffle rather than listening to the same first song again and again
  15. macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    I find that annoying, I wish they'd put a setting in so you can choose what you want. I far prefer to listen to my music in it's proper order, and I can skip through songs if I'm bored with them.
  16. macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2009
    Just jailbreak it

    You can totally turn off the lockscreen. Simply jailbreak your iPhone and install a package named "NoLock" and you can turn it on and off. It's slightly glitchy but you may have better luck than me.
  17. macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    Thanks for the info applemagic :)

    I know this app is on the Android Market and works great but I didn't know it was available for the iPhone as well I'll have to try it out...

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