Apple Community Envisions Better Ways to Activate Control Center on iPhone X

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One of the biggest software changes on Apple's new iPhone X is the location of Control Center, the useful user interface that provides you with quick access to music playback controls, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles, the flashlight, calculator, and much more thanks to iOS 11's customizable layout. On pre-iPhone X devices, the Control Center is awoken by swiping up from the bottom edge of the device. Because that action is now the default "go home" gesture on iPhone X, Apple has moved Control Center to the top right edge of the smartphone.

    This location change has removed the simplicity and ease-of-access to Control Center for many iPhone X users -- particularly those who are left handed -- who have been posting about the iPhone X-specific issue in the MacRumors forums, Twitter, and on Reddit. Some of these users have also provided interesting alternative locations and invoking gestures that Apple could potentially implement in future iOS updates, but it should be reiterated that these are simply community ideas and not in any way an indication that we'll see them added to the iPhone X.

    How to activate Control Center on iPhone X

    Reddit has been the source of multiple ideas for new Control Center gestures on the iPhone X, with a few that replace existing gestures (so you'd have to choose between two options in Settings) and some that are new. One user theorized that the iPhone X's new Reachability gesture (swiping down on the Home indicator, which must be activated in Settings) could have an alternate option for invoking Control Center.

    Further threads provided variations on this idea: 3D Touch on the Home indicator for Reachability and pulling down on the indicator for Control Center, or keeping Reachability as it is and using 3D Touch on the Home indicator for Control Center. The 3D Touch solution has been put forward by multiple people over the last few days and appears to be a favorite, particularly because Reachability's new swipe-down gesture on the Home indicator can be difficult to execute and could potentially be an even more frustrating location for Control Center.

    Other ideas have been shared on the MacRumors forums, including one that could be an additional option for the swipe-down gesture that enacts Search anywhere on the Home Screen, but that would make Control Center impossible to call up within apps. iOS developer Guilherme Rambo posted his own idea on Twitter this week, suggesting that a 3D Touch edge swipe could house Control Center. Currently, this is used as an app switching gesture, which Apple at first removed from iOS 11 and then brought back in a later update, so it's another idea where you'd have to pick one setting over another.

    While Rambo's idea appears to be focused on Control Center replacing an app switcher gesture, a few users have also had ideas where Control Center is added into the app switcher. In these, you'd swipe up and hold to access other apps as normal, and Control Center would potentially be the first app you see instead of the last-used app. Or, Apple could place it on the right side of the app switcher, as one Redditor posited. Another mockup by Twitter user @jwangARK placed buttons under the app switcher for easy access to both Notifications and Control Center.

    Another iOS developer, Riley Testut, theorized a simple solution that would place Control Center at the bottom right edge of the iPhone X display instead of the top right edge, while swiping up from the center would still go Home. A few iPhone X users have also pointed towards Assistive Touch in Accessibility as a workaround for easier Control Center activation, but that comes with a permanent, virtual Home Button on your iPhone screen, which will be a hard trade-off for some iPhone X owners.

    With the iPhone X out in the wild for one full week as of today, November 10, the location of Control Center is one of a few gripes that early adopters have had with Apple's newest smartphone. Another notable point of contention focused on the iPhone X keyboard's "wasted space", with users presenting a few potential solutions to that as well, including placing recently used emoji or punctuation in the empty field below the space bar.

    Make sure to check out our iPhone X Roundup for more details on the smartphone's new features.

    Article Link: Apple Community Envisions Better Ways to Activate Control Center on iPhone X
  2. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    No. A 3D Touch swipe from the edge would be a horrid idea for invoking control center.
  3. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    Am I the only one slightly ticked off with the way apps are closed on the X? Feels like a completely unnecessary step to press and hold the app instead of just swiping up.
  4. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    They are not gonna change this soon, that would be admitting it was a wrong first choice. Apple doesn't make mistakes.
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    Yes, more people dislike this just like all of this:
    1. Bring up the status bar information so it fits better next to the notch, if needed make the font of it smaller.
    2. Add an option to unlock the phone without swiping up.
    3. Add control center to the multitasking screen instead of stretching your thumb every time.
    4. Force close apps by swiping up instead of holding one down first. One can simply swipe from bottom to get back.
    5. Get back battery percentage in the status bar.
    6. Make safari landscape mode wider on the iPhone X.
    7. Customize lock screen force touch buttons.
    8. Hide the "home" bar.
    9. Dark mode is even more important for the X due to OLED burn-ins.
    10. Lower the keyboard or add useful function to the wasted space below the keyboard.
  5. Disheart macrumors newbie


    Sep 26, 2016
  6. b0nd18t macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2012
    Funny I just sent a message to Apple about better placement of control center. I like some of these ideas. 3D Touch home bar probably being the best.
  7. MarcusCarpenter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2013
    Awful idea, how this made the news discussion is beyond me!
  8. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    I don’t like it 3D multitasking that what its designed for not control Center
  9. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    Personally I like where it is. Then again I don't mind the notch either...
  10. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    It's probably because other then an app that has gotten stuck/crashed there really is no reason to close an app because it doesn't really make a difference.
  11. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Bottom Right for Control Center. Bottom Left as it is for App Switcher.
  12. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I'd rather leave it as is rather than 3D touching from the side. No thanks...
  13. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

    Oct 1, 2013
    Why not add it to the multi taking page like iPads???
  14. shoorty0690 macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2009

    I agree with most of them. However, I will say the battery percentage one is not one of them. In previous phones, that was one of the first things I'd turn on. And now that I'm a week out with my iPhone X, I realized how much stress a percentage meter caused. The lack of it seems to alleviate low battery anxiety for me. Now, instead of seeing I have 49% battery, I just look at it and go "Oh well I still have half my battery, I'll be fine." Maybe I'm just nuts...

    I also don't agree with lowering the keyboard. Apple is right in what they said for the reasoning. If it were lower the phone would be off balance and thus more likely to slip out of your hands.

    As for Safari, I do miss seeing tabs when I switch to landscape, the way the + models display it.
  15. darrenoia macrumors newbie


    Oct 5, 2012
    3D Touch is woefully underused by Apple. Why invent it and then do nothing with it? Aside: is everyone else finding that the 3D Touch the side move for multitasking does not work on iPhone X or is that just me?
  16. fthatch macrumors newbie


    Nov 10, 2017
    You don't have to press the "x" after you invoke it to close the app... once you see the "x" you can swipe up to close the apps. Not ideal, but definitely faster.
  17. netsped macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2008
    My thoughts exactly, it would be just a swipe up, hold and swipe left away.
  18. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    This is what happens when you layer one design kludge on top of another, and then another - you end up with an incomprehensible mess of an interface. Apple really needs to step back and rethink the interface.
  19. linkmaster02 macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Which idea are you referring to? There are several mentioned in the article.
  20. wongster41 macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    Just allow 5 icons down on the bottom of the phone instead of 4 and make a new control center icon, done.
  21. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    All these things you suggested will come out in 2 years to make it look like a feature, not a correction.
  22. predation macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2013
  23. linkmaster02 macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2009
    How would that help while in an app?
  24. mthomas184 macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2016
    1. Add an option to unlock the phone without swiping up. I personally think this is a terrible idea. People dont want to swipe up to get into their phone. But as soon as they look at it, their notifications are gone, causing them to have to swipe down then. Kind of a moot point.
    2. Lower the keyboard or add useful function to the wasted space below the keyboard. I think the keyboard feels great where its at. If it is lower, then it would mean holding the phone to type way to low, increasing the chances of dropping it. I would at least at cut copy paste to the dead space though.
  25. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    Just because it makes no difference, doesn't mean it can't be easier to close out apps that are very rarely used. No reason to scroll through countless apps.

    Oh I know you don't have to press it, but I'm programmed from my old phone to automatically swipe up, which just closes out the app switcher, making the process even longer.

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