Reachability sucks

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by lulumink, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. lulumink macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    I don't know what the software designer were thinking when implementing this feature.

    The half screen returns to its original position after every finger input.
    It should stay where it is until I click the home button. Sometimes, I just want to operate in half screen mode for a while without double tapping the home button.

    Seems to be an easy feature to do, but they just fuked it up so bad.
  2. gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    That would actually make it far more annoying and less useful for me. 95% of the time, it's just a single button near the top of the screen I need to press, and then I'm good. Making it persistent would add another step that would probably just cause me not to use the feature at all. The whole idea is it's supposed to be really, really quick to use.
  3. TomTomHatesCats macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2013
    New York, NY
    It's quirky, and there are times where it jumps back before I do what I need to do, but for now I'm glad to have it as is than to not have it at all.

    I prefer Reachability to the only other solution I've seen, the Note's, which shrinks down the whole screen.
  4. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I agree. I don't use it. For example, you want to type in a URL in Safari. You double tap to get the address bar down and tap on the area and it pops back up. This makes no sense. Somehow, this is what I've come to expect from Apple these days.

    It would be great if you could double tap to "release" the screen from the edges of the bezel. You could then drag it around anywhere until you double tap again or hit the home button.
  5. odditie macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    It is meant to be done if you have just one hand available and don't need to do a ton of tapping. For instance, I use it a lot when I'm reading twitter and I pull up a link and have to close it to continue on.

    It is not meant to be used when you have a lot of input required and you need to reach the top of the screen several times. Unfortunately, there is not iOS solution for that, it is currently a trade off we are making when we purchased an iPhone 6+.
  6. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    Southern California
    depends on the app. Chrome, for example, doesn't return to it's original position for every input.
  7. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I think tapping an address bar in Safari is a fairly basic action. What's not basic is having to double tap twice to enter one in. And is why it's easier just to use 2 hands and not even use reachability.
  8. odditie macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Yes, it would be nice if it would have some predictive ability like that. It seems like sometimes it holds its place for a little longer as if it might be trying to do that, but I haven't found it to be great at knowing when I need to make two taps close together.
  9. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I guess we'll wait until iOS 9. I can see it now:

    "Predictive Reachability. Your iPhone knows before you."
  10. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    I think it sucks too. I'm always enabling it when I don't want to.
  11. mjschabow macrumors 68000

    Dec 25, 2013
    Wow, I actually wonder if I'm using the same phone and software. I use it all the time and have absolutely no issues with it. It's probably my #1 new feature other than widgets and quick reply.
  12. lulumink thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    I get your point. But sometimes you want to use only your thumb to operate the screen a little longer not just clicking the top left button.

    It shouldn't go up automatically. It should return when I tell it to. That's my point.

    Like the others said, why not use two hands? Well then we just lost the whole idea of this reachability feature.
  13. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Apple needs to implement:
    -double tap touchID for reachability (like normal)
    -one more tap (triple tap touchID) for reachabililty 'caps lock' to permanently activate reachability
    ----in this 'locked' mode, double tapping touchID deactivates reachability

    Note, double tapping touchID for reachability won't include a delay in order to wait for a possible third tap (like what happens with the home button triple-click) because as soon as you double tap, reachability activates. If you tap a third time, it 'locks.'

    The above wouldn't detrimentally affect Apple's existing reachability functionality whatsoever.
  14. Tiptizzle macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2011
    Am I misreading this? Why don't you just type the address in after tapping in the address bar? Are you saying if you missed it?
  15. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Just a simple function like Cap lock.

    Double tap, normal reachibility.

    Triple tap, reachibility lock.

    And then problem fixed!
  16. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    If reachablity was as you wanted it I would never ever ever ever ever use it. I only use it to tap things at the top of the screen as it was intended. So the developer where thinking...


    :eek: do you happen to work at Apple? They need some one like you...
  17. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    My main gripes with Reachability:

    1. Long lag/delay from when function is selected --> execution.
    2. Still can't access incoming notification banners using it. Very annoying.
  18. irnchriz, Oct 25, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 5, 2014

    irnchriz macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    You tap on the address bar, it goes up and displays the keyboard at the bottom so you can type. Some people just see problems where there are none.
  19. lulumink thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    Very nice solution, totally agree!
  20. paulking macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Here's something I observed -
    Double tap to enable reachabilty.
    Then just wait, don't do anything.
    In five seconds the screen returns to normal position.

    As for preferences in this thread, maybe a toggle in the reachabilty settings that says "Reachabilty stays on till next double tap of touch ID button"

    Software developers have a range of choices for functionality. They choose one logical thing they think will work, then wait for real world user feedback and adjust. (ie- reinstating camera roll).
    In this case we are discussing exactly what will help them adjust.
    Would be cool if Apple really touted a feedback loop with users. Call it "Suggestion Box" and encourage people to use it. I bet their devs would be amazed at the smart (and dumb!) ideas out there.
    The public is a living, thinking, reacting mass brain.
  21. stonyboys macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    Scroll up a little or tap bottom of screen to make bar appear before using reach ability. Was that so hard?
  22. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2014

    There should be an option to reconfigure double tapping the Touch ID and make multitask show up instead.

    I hate double pressing the Touch ID for multitasking to pop up. Its unnecessary ware on the home button.

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