iPhone X reachability

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  1. wongster41 macrumors regular

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    Now that the home button is gone in iPhone X, how are we suppose to do reachability to bring down half the screen if you're using the phone with one hand? Double tap the bottom of the screen?
     
  2. davidb8 macrumors regular

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    Also thinking this. Looks like one handed use is impossible
     
  3. Jd3774life macrumors regular

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    I think one reason they didn't mention this is due to the fact that the iPhone X is about the size of the normal 7, not the large size of the 7+
     
  4. wongster41 thread starter macrumors regular

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    But the screen size on the X model (5.8 inches) is still bigger than the 8 plus (5.5 inches). Reachability is more needed than ever now that you have to swipe down from the top right to bring down control center.
     
  5. elev8d macrumors 6502

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    I'm wondering how much the feature was actually used. I stopped using it after a month. They probably log the clicks, and saw it was a less used feature.

    Reachability is most useful for the top left of the screen, where the menu button for many apps currently is laid out. I'm wondering how this impacts UI design for apps.
     
  6. wongster41 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The feature is actually very handy for me because I have the plus model and occasionally using the phone with one hand. From what I've been reading, the X model is the same size as the regular 7, but nonetheless, the screen is still bigger than the plus model. I hope they still have this feature for the X model.
     
  7. GreyOS macrumors 68040

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    I still use reachability a lot on my 4.7” device, really hoping it’s there on the X. They added one handed keyboards so it’d be odd if they went backwards on reachability.
     
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  10. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816

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    I use it on a daily basis in my 6 Plus.
     
  11. martin2345uk macrumors 6502a

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    But only if the option is there...
     
  12. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    they should just build this into the bottom tab bar. On the home screen just put it on the bottom of the dock. double Tap like you do now with the home button.
     
  13. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I never met anyone in real life that used reachability
     
  14. JoeyD74 macrumors 6502

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    I have the 7 plus, I never use reachability. I have an I ring on the back so I can use it one handed.
     
  15. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

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    So I guess we can conclude that nobody ever uses it based on your experience. :rolleyes:
     
  16. martin2345uk macrumors 6502a

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    I only have a 6s and I use reachability!
     
  17. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Did I say that or did I say I never met anyone that used it? Big difference The only one jumping to conclusions is you.

    Personally I think it’s useless. The time it takes to double tap the home button do what you need to do and dismiss reachability. You could’ve easily moved your hand if need be.

    If it truly is gone in the X Apple agrees. So if anything they came to the conclusion.
     
  18. tim_taiwan macrumors newbie

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    Reachability is very helpful. I will not buy iphone x without the feature.
     
  19. fokmik macrumors 68040

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    seems in ios11.1 apple is working for reachability for it
    https://twitter.com/_inside

    and lets not forget for those who use it a lot, they still have on screen home button to use reachability
     
  20. Ralfi macrumors 68030

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    If you have average sized hands, it's not impossible. Just do a little shimmy & the top of the phone's within reach.
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  21. hobsgrg macrumors 6502

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    I use reachability, I don't use it very often but it is very handy when I do use it
     
  22. ACST Suspended

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    Apple is doing something with reach-ability in IOS 11.1 (which is bugged right now), so it seems that they're working on something for reach-ability on the X.

    That's only when you're holding your phone that way, most people hold it lower so that the pinky is below the phone.
     
  23. Ralfi macrumors 68030

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    Hey?

    Am I holding it alien-like? It's how I've held the thing for years. The last one is how my hand is placed after I do the one handed shift (shimmy) to move the thumb up a bit.
     
  24. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    I suspect that most people don’t even know that it exists. I use it occasionally, on my regular (non-plus) 6.
     
  25. Infiniverse48 macrumors 6502a

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    No. It’s impossible unless you drastically move the phone around in your single hand which is not how people use smartphones. End of story.
     

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