iPhone XS Max Biggest gripe with Xs max

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by akash.nu, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    Was on 8 Plus last year and upgraded to Xs Max this year, my biggest issue at present is the awkward gesture implementation to invoke reachability. Especially when apple themselves suggest people to ditch hamburger menu in favour of tab bar navigation. This makes it almost impossible to actually use the reachability feature, because every time the phone decides to select the tab bar item instead of invoking reachability.

    Also, apps with table View Controllers scroll the view instead of invoking reachability. And most apps use this.

    It’s a nightmare. I genuinely hope Apple changes the reachability gestures.
  2. btrav13 macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
    That's odd. I find the gesture to be handy and in a good place for what it's meant to do. I don't use it often, but often enough that I'm happy with it and it helps.
  3. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    Yes I prefer using swipe down to activate it rather than the double tap on the home button on older plus models. It’s intuitive for me.
  4. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2012
    If I need to use just one hand, I will pin the phone against my chest and use it that way. Much safer and I don’t need to use reachability features, because OP is right, they are useless. Basically, the Max is a two handed phone. I’ve come to terms with that.
  5. akash.nu thread starter macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    It depends on where you’re trying to invoke reachability. If you’re within an app that has tab bar navigation then try to invoke it with one hand, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

    For example. Try to use it one handed in Tapatalk with that tab bar navigation being at the bottom.

  6. davedvdy, Dec 7, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018

    davedvdy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2011
    It would be nice if they did implement that or some features better. I actually can clear the screen with one hand, but I still think the most ergonomic way to use the XS Max is two handed -- especially combined with the (heavier) weight of the device.
  7. aldo82 macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    I share this frustration as I find reachability inconsistent. Where is the best place to start the swipe down? As close to the bottom of the screen as possible? Or halfway up the dock? Or higher? I find it often works fine but sometimes it will select the app in the dock or press one of the tabs at the bottom of the app like the OP says. Or it will even select something and still do the reachability. The idea is fine and I like the gesture, I just think apple need to sort its reliability
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I agree. With the previous Gen iPhones, Reachability with the home button by double tapping was so much more nuanced and worked _every_ time without issue. Swiping down to invoke reachability on the Max is cumbersome and not always consistent from my usage.
  9. Lyn2012 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    I too find Reachability unusable in its current form. It’s easier to use another hand than try to balance the phone while swiping down from the bottom.

    I’ve been trying to find or create a Shortcut for Reachability so I can access it easily one handed from the Today screen (think it’s called this, swipe right from Home). So far I have had no success, however my Shortcuts for WiFi & BT work perfectly avoiding going through Settings menu (CC not switching them off as before). Before someone asks why I need this, I rarely use WiFi or BT so why leave them on and drain the battery.
  10. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2015
    I feel your pain.

    I actually prefer the swipe down gesture for reachability with the exception of this particular use case.

    One can only assume that when iOS gets redesigned, they’ll make this problem go away?
  11. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    At some point (dimension) one handed use of a large phone/device is not practical unless the user has very large hands.
    I don't think the Max was ever designed to be a one handed device. Reachability was just thrown in there as a crumb of good will towards one handed use.

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