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brijazz

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I use a passcode on my iOS devices. I've never understood why I need to 'swipe to unlock' just to get to the passcode prompt. It's swipe-to-unlock-to-unlock. Why not just take us straight to the passcode when waking the device?

If you're one of those folks who only has their passcode lock kick in after x minutes, a swipe-to-unlock in the period before the passcode is enabled would be fine. But otherwise, it's redundant

Am I alone in thinking this? Am I missing some obvious reason as to why iOS is set up this way?
 

Patriot24

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I'm assuming the issue is that there would be no place on the screen for notifications, the clock, etc if the passcode was present immediately when you wake the device.
 
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R4z3r

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I use a passcode on my iOS devices. I've never understood why I need to 'swipe to unlock' just to get to the passcode prompt. It's swipe-to-unlock-to-unlock. Why not just take us straight to the passcode when waking the device?

If you're one of those folks who only has their passcode lock kick in after x minutes, a swipe-to-unlock in the period before the passcode is enabled would be fine. But otherwise, it's redundant

Am I alone in thinking this? Am I missing some obvious reason as to why iOS is set up this way?

My thought process is how do you then handle the notifications and whatnot? Having everyone have a swipe to unlock page ensures it is a consistent, albiet sometimes annoying, experience.
 
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bmunge

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A bigger issue for me on the lock screen is the lack of directional indication for swipe to unlock. It seems somewhat unintuitive for new users.
 
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rockyroad55

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A bigger issue for me on the lock screen is the lack of directional indication for swipe to unlock. It seems somewhat unintuitive for new users.

Yeah I had at issue too when I first turned my phone on. I thought the control center arrow was for swiping to unlock.

However, if you look closely, the swipe to unlock letters light up and fade towards the right indicating you should swipe right.
 
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brijazz

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I'm assuming the issue is that there would be no place on the screen for notifications, the clock, etc if the passcode was present immediately when you wake the device.

I'd considered that also. It seems like it would be easy enough to have notifications in a dismissible layer on top of the passcode (just as they are when your phone is unlocked). Or, just limit notifications to the top portion of the screen... the keypad for the code is only on the bottom half anyway. Either way, I'm sure there's a simple enough solution.
 
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V900

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Jun 11, 2013
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It needs to be a specific motion that unlocks the iPhone. From the left to the right, up, whatever.

If it woke up from any random key press, it would wake up all the time in your pocket. (Like in butt-dialing)

And you'd lock it by press the wrong numbers too many times.
 
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brijazz

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If it woke up from any random key press, it would wake up all the time in your pocket. (Like in butt-dialing)

And you'd lock it by press the wrong numbers too many times.

1) I'm not talking about waking it up... but since we're on it, you need to wake up your phone before performing slide-to-unlock anyhow. It would be done with the power button or the home button, as usual. Besides, how can you have a "random key press"?? There are no keys on an iPhone.

2) It's awfully tough to butt-dial a touchscreen, unless you're touching it to your bare ass. So you couldn't "lock it by pressing the wrong numbers".
 
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Krevnik

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The problem with touchscreens is that you don't know when buttons are being hit inadvertently. The swipe to unlock is there to reduce the risk of accidental input. With PINs, it is also possible to get the phone wiped because the wrong pin is entered too often.
 
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brijazz

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The problem with touchscreens is that you don't know when buttons are being hit inadvertently. The swipe to unlock is there to reduce the risk of accidental input. With PINs, it is also possible to get the phone wiped because the wrong pin is entered too often.

WHAT BUTTONS? The iPhone doesn't have buttons. And you can't trigger a touchscreen inadvertently, unless you have exposed flesh pocking through your pockets?
 
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HMI

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May 23, 2012
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The lock screen shows notifications. The pass code screen does not.
What's the point of having notifications on the lock screen if you never see the lock screen?
 
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0000757

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WHAT BUTTONS? The iPhone doesn't have buttons. And you can't trigger a touchscreen inadvertently, unless you have exposed flesh pocking through your pockets?

I've had stuff in my pocket activate the screen before.

it's not like it can only detect flesh. It detects anything that can conduct.
 
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Krevnik

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I've had stuff in my pocket activate the screen before.

it's not like it can only detect flesh. It detects anything that can conduct.

Not to mention thin cloth isn't enough to block detection. Especially with how thin the pocket lining is in most pants.
 
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