Rotate the iPhone to the right?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by The General, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. The General macrumors 601

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    I have seen many videos of the iPhone being turned and what not ... never seen one of it turned to the right, only to the left. Does anybody know whether or not you can turn the iPhone to the right and have it work like it does to the left?

    And can you turn it upside down?
     
  2. cmschmidt macrumors 6502

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    i believe the sensor only works turning 90 degrees counter clockwise and back. so no, i don't think you can turn it to the right or upside down.
     
  3. The General thread starter macrumors 601

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  5. applehero macrumors 6502

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    There was something that came out, if I remember correctly, quotes SJ saying it was designed to only work by turning counter clockwise (to the left). If I find the source, I'll post...
     
  6. cmschmidt macrumors 6502

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    yeah. thats what i remember, but i couldn't remember where that was said.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hopefully it would go both ways to accommodate lefties. I know for point of comparison, that with Windows Mobile (in which you press a button -- no sensor), you can go both ways, but oddly, there seem to be issues which cause some software to behave strangely in the left-hander orientation. :( Hopefully not an issue on iPhone.
     
  8. cmschmidt macrumors 6502

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    lefty vs. righty shouldn't be an issue with the iphone. nor is it really necessary to turn it to the right just for lefties. there's no buttons that would be oriented differently either way. if anything, turning to the left IS for lefties. as i am one and would more than likely always want to turn it to the left anyway.
     
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Unless something has changed, it's only to the left.

    If you watch the videos, you'll realize that it's not really designed as a one-handed device. It's designed to be held in the left hand, and poked at with the right fingers.

    Your left hand cannot easily turn clockwise enough to go landscape... only counter-clockwise. Try it.

    Likewise, holding it in your right hand effectively denies you easy mode flipping.

    Another example of the haphazardly applied UI principles in this phone. It's not Apple's finest work, not by a long shot. Feels a bit rushed to me.
     
  10. rainmanbk macrumors 6502

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    I think you're a little to quick, and excited it sounds, to judge this phone. What does it matter if you're left handed. You'll hold it in the left hand, and poke at it with you're right hand.. It's not even remotely like the way you describe it. There is no reason a left handed person would need to hold the phone in their right hand to use their left hand to input. If you're that retarded that you can't touch a screen, then you shouldn't be using the phone...
     
  11. darwen macrumors 6502a

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    It wasnt Steve Jobs that said it would only go the one direction, it was someone else at Macworld. Do a quick search for the iPhone in YouTube. It was one of the reporters. I believe it was CNBC, I will go check.

    To answer the question though, yes, it only goes one way.
     
  12. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    I didn't mention left-handed people at all. What I said was that it's clearly designed to work best in the left hand. This is obvious to some, but missed by many others in their excitement.

    I've been programming GUIs, and touch input, for over 25 years. I program on a touchscreen laptop, and I design handheld touch screen software that's used by tens of thousands of workers, and normal touch screens used by millions.

    I'm very experienced in this topic, and I've seen this all before. Thus I'm also one of the biggest promoters of doing iPhone software correctly.

    And frankly, I think the more people blindly push only the hype, the more it'll create lots of disappointed buyers in the end. Knowledge is power.
     
  13. darwen macrumors 6502a

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    I cant find the video but it was the CNBC report out of MacWorld.
     
  14. Gonzlobo Suspended

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    If it's an accelerometer, it will measure 1g held horizontally and -1g flipped over. Same with the vertical g's. It's something that could easily be coded.

    And fwiw, I think rotating it counterclockwise is better for righties (as a lefty, I'm used to this right-centric world).
     

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