Cannot swipe anymore to open my iPad Air

Discussion in 'iPad' started by desertman, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. desertman macrumors 6502a

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    I used to have to swipe to open my iPad Air (now with iOS 10.2) but since a while I am instead forced to push the Home button.

    When I searched about this I found several places where it said that I could determine in Settings - General - Accessibility - Home Button whether I want to swipe or to press the Home button to open the iPad. This is not true for me - I don't have this choice in Settings.

    I liked swiping much better than pressing the Home button (and I still have this possibility on my iPhone). Is it possible to get this also back on my iPad Air?
     
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  3. desertman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think so but I'm not 100 % sure. iOS 10 got released in September and I don't think that I had to use the Home button since that long ago. To me it feels more like four weeks or so.
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    In regards to my iPhone I have to correct myself. Here I have also to use the Home button to open it but I don't notice it here because the iPhone is "fingerprint protected" and to use my fingerprint to unlock it I anyway have to leave my finger on the Home button.

    I still wonder (for the iPad) whether swiping has been generally eliminated or whether it's just me who cannot do this.
     
  4. 960design macrumors 68020

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    Swipe to open is gone.
    The new home button ( iPhone7 ) does not 'click', but senses pressure. It is annoying to have to click your iPad, but much faster than swiping. There is another option on the iPad: 'Rest Finger to Open'

    Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button > Rest Finger to Open

    Now just set your finger on the home button and it opens with TouchID, no click necessary.
     
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    To the best of my knowledge swiping to unlock has been gone since iOS 10 was released. Swiping left brings up the camera, and swiping right brings up your widgets. I don't know how you could have been swiping that didn't result in one of those things.
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    That won't help on an iPad Air, which doesn't have TouchID. ;)
     
  6. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

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    been this way since 10, you probably just updated overnight. I believe if you press the home button second time it brings up the number pad.
     
  7. desertman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. That is good to know (and it is very well possible that I did not notice this for some time after updating to iOS 10).
     
  8. Count Blah macrumors 68030

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    It's a middle finger to iPad Air 1 users. Wish there was a setting to turn it off, but that's nuApple for you.
     
  9. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I hate these changes that don't really have a purpose... all iPhones and iPads with touchid already opened by pressing the home button... no swipe required. Now they just screwed over so many people who now don't have that function. This change was stupid as it really served no beneficial purpose. Same with changing the "delete" option location where you try to delete an app; they moved it from right to left, why?! I've still yet to find any logical reason to do so... so frustrating, but we must suck it up and follow our shepherd where they take us, until they give us the freedom of customization that probably won't come until iOS32...
     
  10. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    I never even noticed the change in deleting, so I actually went back to my home screen to check! I agree that it seems pointless, but why would you be frustrated by this? I doubt that most people even noticed this.
     
  11. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    Well the main reason it's gone (currently) is that they made the widget screen available with the swipe gesture that used to be used for the swipe to unlock, can't have them both and as there's already a perfectly good way to unlock the device (the home button) they're arguably making better use of a gesture that wasn't needed.

    Aside from that it's probably a move to encourage people who have Touch ID and don't use it, to enable it to make unlocking easier and make their device more secure in the process.

    That may not be ideal for those without Touch ID, but you can't stop progress just to support old devices. Or we'd end up with a bloated, slow OS that has to limit features. At some point there has to be a cutoff where you concentrate primarily on the more modern technology available in your devices and the older technology takes second place.
     
  12. 960design macrumors 68020

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    Well that sucks... sorry. I though the iPad Air did have touchID.
     
  13. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    TouchID debuted on iPads a year after it did on phones, with the Air 2 and Mini 3.
     
  14. Count Blah macrumors 68030

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    Because I fall for it every damn time. It's like putting your pants on every day, with the left leg first, then all of a sudden, it's illegal to do that. How many times do you think you'd accidentally use your left leg first?
     
  15. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    But we're talking about a slight movement of a tiny x on the corner of a small icon. You still follow the same steps to delete an app, you just tap in a slightly different place.

    I don't know... I honestly didn't even notice.
     
  16. sonicrobby, Dec 16, 2016
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    Muscle memory. I'm still constantly hitting cancel over delete. Its just the effort needed to retrain my reactions. Granted it's not anything major, but it's a matter of 'why do this change at all?'
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    That makes sense, though if they kept the camera gesture as it was previously, they could still have it swipe to unlock, and have the opposite swipe as the widgets. Other options are definitely available. It may just be a play to try and get people to use the touchid, but I still am not a fan of the improvement.

    And ill admit that their intention may not have necessarily been to screw over those with older devices, but it was an unintended side effect. But I disagree that this was "progress"; it's only different, not necessarily better. They took what lived in Notification Center and moved it to an additional space. If anything I think it's less optimal as now there is just an additional screen to look at when it could've been presented on the main lock screen. I understand the benefits of focusing on the flagship in order to provide progress and streamline, but I personally haven't seen much "progress" from iOS lately. The last thing that I found progressive was iCloud Drive. Everything else seemed like bloat to me. Like iOS 10 focusing heavily on the iMessage nonsense. Sure it's fun, but it's not a worthwhile improvement. I'm still waiting for the basic function to open an mp3 file in the native music app.

    The technological developments of the AirPods, impressive; iOS 10 changes, disappointing. Just my thoughts on it.
     
  17. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    Aye true enough sometimes change is just change. I wouldn't hold your breath for opening MP3's in the native app though, not directly anyway, Apple would see this as an aid to support piracy (god knows none of us have or share music files in MP3 format we've created ourselves, no no, that's not possible :rolleyes: .)
     

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