Craig Federighi: Apple Has Considered Nightstand Mode for iPhone X

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi has revealed that Apple has considered a Nightstand mode for iPhone X.


    "This is definitely something we've considered," said Federighi, in response to an email from MacRumors reader Zain, who asked whether a Nightstand mode on the iPhone X would be possible. "This probably makes the most sense for customers who charge their phone in a dock that tilts up the phone."

    However, Federighi noted that it's "not currently super common" for people to charge their iPhones that way.

    Nightstand mode is an Apple Watch feature that allows the watch to be used as a nightstand clock and an alarm clock while it is laying on its side and charging. The watch displays the time in large text, along with the date, the battery's remaining charge, and an upcoming alarm if one is set.

    When the Apple Watch is in Nightstand mode and isn't being used, the display turns off. To see the display again, users tap it, press the Digital Crown or the side button, or lightly nudge the Apple Watch. Sometimes, even nudging or tapping the nightstand or other surface the watch is sitting on works.

    Since the iPhone X can't be positioned on its side by itself, it could be placed on a wireless charging pad with an angled stand, like this one from RAVPower. Coupled with new tap to wake functionality for the display, the idea of a Nightstand mode for iPhone X could make sense.

    Apple could add Nightstand mode to iPhone X in a future update to iOS 11, but it's possible they've already dismissed the idea.

    Federighi has been replying to several customer emails over the past week following Apple's iPhone X event at Steve Jobs Theater. MacRumors obtained full headers of this latest email, which can be traced back to Apple's headquarters.

    Article Link: Craig Federighi: Apple Has Considered Nightstand Mode for iPhone X
  2. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    I find it cool that Craig is replying to customers' emails. He should be CEO.
  3. Jamalien macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2014
  4. Rocketman macrumors 603


    I have a vertical charging station for my phones/pads. It allows you to view notifications while charging.
  5. ricktat macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2013
    and my email of " Y U NO MAKE TUCH ID ON X"

    has had no response
  6. hmark8 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    The more interesting thing is AirPower, and how one it's white, and seems so odd since so few people will have a bright white night stand, where is black would certainly go with far more night stands. I get white for airpods and everything since that acts as marketing when you are out in public, but in your bedroom it's pretty much hopefully just your family that would see it so hope they introduce a black version. But in regards to this article, there doesnt seem to be a way to do nightstand mode on the apple watch with airpower pad which is quite unfortunate since nightstand mode is amazing for the apple watch.
  7. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    I would like that. I thought it was gimmick but after using it on galaxy S8 I love it.
  8. Kid Red macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    I've charged my phone in a stand for years. How is it no super common? There are tons of stands available on the market, I wouldn't so quickly dismiss the percentage of titled charging iPhones.
  9. FelixDerKater macrumors 68030


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  10. Number-Six macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2013
    The nightstand mode is next to useless on the Watch (unless you're actually sleeping ON the nightstand the watch is on), I would imagine it'd be just as pointless if they implemented it on the iPhone
  11. AT&T representative macrumors member

    AT&T representative

    Dec 18, 2015
    I didn’t know that my Apple Watch had “nightstand” mode. I always wondered why the screen changed whenever I charged it on it’s side. I thought it was a glitch.
  12. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
    I find it super useful to just knock the bedside table to display the time whilst it's in nightstand mode!
  13. Ryanmrash macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2016
    I’ve wanted this on every iPhone I’ve ever owned, angled stand or not...I mean my current phone lives in a kickstand case. How hard would it be?
  14. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    Burn in issues probably.
  15. djeeyore25 macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2014
    New York City
    “We’ve pulled the entire Mac Pro and Mac Mini teams away from their regular work to experiment with this feature.”
  16. RickInHouston, Sep 20, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2017

    RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Baby was put in the corner after the demo fiasco. He's doing what it takes to crawl out.
  17. Relentless Power, Sep 20, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Federighi is the Senior Vice President of software engineering and This is what Apple should be responding to customers questions or inquiries. The iPhone X has new technology, so naturally there will be a lot of questions with the unknown factors about the iPhone X. But Just because he responds to emails, doesn't necessarily make him qualified to be the CEO of Apple, even though I like his style.
  18. Ryanmrash macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2016

    I should email him and suggest that an Apple Music subscription should include upgraded iCloud storage. Apple has begun to nickle-and-dime us to death for their services.
  19. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    There should be no burn in issues with an always on display - they typically move around to avoid it
  20. hussainh1 macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2014
    With the iPhone X's ability to tell when the user is looking at the phone, the display should wake in nightstand mode using FaceID
  21. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    Have they also considered making the UX and UI less of a clusterf*ck?
  22. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    He’s behind iOS though isn’t he? We give him far too much praise considering all the glitches, lags and UI issues that we’re currently having. iOS 11 still feels like it’s in beta.
  23. notatwork macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2009
  24. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Nope, iOS 11 is perfect for me (6s) absolutely zero issues.
  25. Saipher macrumors demi-god


    Oct 25, 2014
    Can we please have this feature! I already use my iPhone as my main alarm, might as well use it as a “clock” on my nightstand.

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