iPhone X Owners Complain About Keyboard's 'Wasted Space'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As early adopters began to experience the iPhone X for the first time this past weekend, many users took to the MacRumors forums, Reddit, and Twitter to discuss the gap that exists below the keyboard within iOS 11 on iPhone X. As some users pointed out, this space was likely meant as a way to more easily swipe up to go Home, and potentially for ergonomics reasons since a lower keyboard could be more difficult to type on, but many iPhone X owners are still getting used to the way the keyboard looks across all apps on the device.

    The iOS keyboard on iPhone X

    On the new keyboard, the Globe or Emoji icon and the Dictation icon both sit below the space bar at the very bottom of the screen. Between these two buttons is a wide, empty gray area that isn't sitting well with some iPhone X owners, and which some early reviews of the device pointed out last week.

    BuzzFeed, for example, wondered why Apple didn't do more with this space, potentially including adding "common punctuation, frequently used emojis, or literally anything."
    Alex Muench, a UI/UX designer for apps like Todoist and Twist, went a step further and created a mockup of how this could look on future versions of iOS on the iPhone X. Muench likened this space on iPhone X to be a potential area for recently used emojis, "like Touch bar on Mac."

    Twitter user @Yespur asked third-party keyboard SwiftKey if the company will "fill the bottom part of the screen," to which SwiftKey responded: "We'll have to look into it. Nothing to comment on beyond that." It's unclear whether third parties will have any ability to design for this area of iOS on iPhone X. In the Human Interface Guidelines for the new smartphone, the only direct mention of the keyboard asks developers to not duplicate the Globe and Dictation keys.
    The iPhone X comes with a variety of new interface gestures, features, and interactions that take some time getting used to following years of the traditional iPhone experience. Without a Home Button, unlocking the iPhone X requires you to swipe up from the bottom edge of the device, and also rearranges some physical commands like taking a screenshot by pressing the Side Button and Volume Up Button. For more information on Apple's newest smartphone, check out our iPhone X Roundup.

    Article Link: iPhone X Owners Complain About Keyboard's 'Wasted Space'
  2. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2017
    Why do we have to shove things in there? I really don't want stuff in that close proximity to the Home Bar. There's enough screen in use already.
  3. joshwenke macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    Apple is really slipping in the quality control department recently...
  4. alwaysbeincontact macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2014
  5. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
  6. randymac09 macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2014
    I saw somewhere else someone mentioned that iOS 11 is really like iOS 1 for the X. It’s a completely new device and needs a different OS than the others. These things will get worked out. I’m not taking the blame away from Apple, but I think come iOS 2 for the X (i.e. iOS 12) we will see a much improved UI.
  7. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    Alternate universe headline: “iPhone X users complain about inadvertently entering symbols while using home gesture”.
  8. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    Don't worry people, Apple might be working on a fix, because apparently, that's what've been doing lately...
  9. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2017
    Totally irrelevant, uninformed comment. That would imply Apple just didn't know it looked like this. They know. And its on purpose. Try reading their Human Interface Guidelines. You're not supposed to crowd content close to the Home Bar, and precisely zero users would want them (or other devs) to do so.

    Unfortunately, most "users" don't know what they want until they see it and try it. But, Apple isn't going to give you something bad just so you can decide for yourself that it was right the first time.
  10. Nick A macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
    I think it’s fine the way it is. It’s neat and clean and doesn’t look cluttered like it does in that mock-up pic with the emojis.

    The keyboard on the X is also sits in the natural position your thumbs go when holding the phone.

    I do wish Apple would fix the bug that keeps changing my “I” to an A with a question mark though!!
  11. verniesgarden macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2007
    Portland, Or
    Honestly ios11 on the X feels like an in between operating system. Something to ease us users into the future ui changes. I’m excited to see what ios12/13 bring
  12. GabrielMoro macrumors member


    Jun 3, 2014
    They should add a toggle between "Man" or "Woman" to reduce Emoji clutter, alongside changing all Emoji colors based on this previous choice. It would be so simple to implement.
  13. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
  14. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Meh, I don't mind the space down there. That said, wouldn't surprise me if Apple decides to add something in an update...
  15. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I’m just happy Face ID works as flawless as it does. Also the screen is real nice!
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    shplock macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2015
    Somewhere in a Galaxy far far away
    There probably is a good reason why Apple did not fill the empty space with 'stuff' because as you type on the keyboard it makes it more likely to create a spurious input by accident. Then all these people complaining about empty space would complain about errors. SHUT UP MOANING!
  17. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
  18. HardRain macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2012
    Give them a year or two..

    How many years did it take them to remove the huge volume sign from the middle of the screen?
  19. imaginex20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Hopefully Apple fixes this in a .X update instead of iOS 12...
  20. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    Alternate universe quotes by Apple "we don't know what you want, first you say you want less space, then you say it's coming in the way, what is it that you want?"

    Steve jobs from heaven: "You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."
  21. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    First question. Do we know more could be done with this space that wouldn’t cause other issues? It’s easy to do mockups that look good but has anyone been able to test out their mock-up on the phone?
  22. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    There's so much more missed oppurtunity by apple to make the device better.... Don't get me wrong i enjoy it alot but here is a list of stuff alot of people want:
    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.
    This empty wasted keyboard space is just another one to add to the list.
  23. jonnyb098 macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2010
    Doubtful. This unfortunately has to be done in baby steps. If apple did even more drastic changes to iOS on top of people having to learn new ways of using the phone it would be an even bigger mess.

    Remember the main tag lines and marketing say "The future". Which means this phone isn't going to be mainstream with iPhone users for at least a year.
  24. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Complaining about empty space?
    I’m sure there would be complaints if apple shoved a bunch of crap in there.

    I could just picture the eye rolls when people open up that screen. “Ah there it is, that empty space, this phone is horrible and completely unusable”

    This complaint deserve to be flushed along with my recent activity, if you know what I mean.

    Back to work
  25. Mudcrutch macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Other quibbles...
    • No clock indicator to show that you have an alarm set
    • Face ID doesn't work well when lying on a desk
    • No indicator that wifi/data is being used (spinning cog)
    • Cannot set battery to show % - you have to swipe down the control panel to see it

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