iPhone X "Swipe up" fatigue

orev

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Anyone else noticing "swipe up" fatigue? Maybe fatigue is the wrong word, but it's starting to feel very repetitive. Swipe up to unlock. Swipe up to exit an app. Swipe up to go to the first app screen. Swipe up and hold to get the app switcher. Swipe up to exit app arrangement mode. Swipe up to dismiss control center. Swipe up to dismiss notification center. A lot of apps have "swipe up" drawers to access various things as well.

All the swiping up feels unsatisfying and repetitive. There's just something missing when compared to the feedback that a click of a button gives. Some taptic feedback would help to make some of these actions feel more satisfying.
 

Relentless Power

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Anyone else noticing "swipe up" fatigue? Maybe fatigue is the wrong word, but it's starting to feel very repetitive. Swipe up to unlock. Swipe up to exit an app. Swipe up to go to the first app screen. Swipe up and hold to get the app switcher. Swipe up to exit app arrangement mode. Swipe up to dismiss control center. Swipe up to dismiss notification center. A lot of apps have "swipe up" drawers to access various things as well.

All the swiping up feels unsatisfying and repetitive. There's just something missing when compared to the feedback that a click of a button gives. Some taptic feedback would help to make some of these actions feel more satisfying.
Zero fatigue here. Swiping up feels more natural and I don’t miss the click of the home button at all. My only other suggestion would be try switching hands if you’re experiencing fatigue.
 

MICHAELSD

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You get used to it after a few weeks. I was straining my wrist quite a bit using iPhone X until I adjusted.

I wish there was some haptic feedback while swiping up (Apple must have tried it and decided against it), but on the bright side the swipe up gesture is more instantaneous compared to using a home button.
 

Thor_1

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You get used to it after a few weeks. I was straining my wrist quite a bit using iPhone X until I adjusted.

I wish there was some haptic feedback while swiping up (Apple must have tried it and decided against it), but on the bright side the swipe up gesture is more instantaneous compared to using a home button.
In your opinion. I can have my phone unlocked and ready to use while pulling out of my pocket. No swipes, just rest thumb on the sensor and it wakes while it raises.
 

plucky duck

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With touchID I can have it unlocked in my pocket even before I see the screen, that is something faceID can never achieve. I much prefer the haptic feedback confirmation of a successful action as well. Gestures should be kept to a minimum to actually enhance user experience, too much of a good thing may lead to a poor user experience imo.
 

smirking

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All the swiping up feels unsatisfying and repetitive.
Yes, tapping on a virtual keyboard is extremely unsatisfying to me. It sounds strange to say this, but I always got a bit of pleasure from hitting real keys on my old Blackberry. I miss that device. I love the tactile feel of real keys which is why I own over a dozen mechanical keyboards. (I know. I went overboard.)
 

Shirasaki

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This is exactly one core reason I am so sick to such gesture thing, in particular iOS 11.

Sure we can get over it. But that doesn’t mean it is good.
 
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MICHAELSD

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In your opinion. I can have my phone unlocked and ready to use while pulling out of my pocket. No swipes, just rest thumb on the sensor and it wakes while it raises.
For exiting apps swiping up is quicker. For unlocking of course TouchID is still the quickest method.
 
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Relentless Power

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You get used to it after a few weeks. I was straining my wrist quite a bit using iPhone X until I adjusted.

I wish there was some haptic feedback while swiping up (Apple must have tried it and decided against it), but on the bright side the swipe up gesture is more instantaneous compared to using a home button.
I like the idea of the haptic feedback when swiping up, it just gives the user tactile feedback of what they are doing. Part of me believes that they may not have used it to conserve battery. In iOS 10, when you swiped up to pull control center or pull down the top menu, you would receive haptic feedback.
 

imlovinit

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I love the swiping as it feels more natural. When I use friends or family’s iPhone 8 & 6s I get annoyed with how much the clicking of a button seems to feel like a “waste of time”... for me, anyway. It feels faster and smoother just swiping.
 

Ffosse

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No, I've found swiping up great - I particularly like it to exit an app. It feels neat and intuitive.
 
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sean000

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Anyone else noticing "swipe up" fatigue? Maybe fatigue is the wrong word, but it's starting to feel very repetitive. Swipe up to unlock. Swipe up to exit an app. Swipe up to go to the first app screen. Swipe up and hold to get the app switcher. Swipe up to exit app arrangement mode. Swipe up to dismiss control center. Swipe up to dismiss notification center. A lot of apps have "swipe up" drawers to access various things as well.

All the swiping up feels unsatisfying and repetitive. There's just something missing when compared to the feedback that a click of a button gives. Some taptic feedback would help to make some of these actions feel more satisfying.
I love it. The gestures are one of my favorite things about the X. The navigation feels faster, more fluid, and more convenient to me. I have an iPad as well, and its home button feels slow and clunky by comparison.
 

DeepIn2U

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Anyone else noticing "swipe up" fatigue? Maybe fatigue is the wrong word, but it's starting to feel very repetitive. Swipe up to unlock. Swipe up to exit an app. Swipe up to go to the first app screen. Swipe up and hold to get the app switcher. Swipe up to exit app arrangement mode. Swipe up to dismiss control center. Swipe up to dismiss notification center. A lot of apps have "swipe up" drawers to access various things as well.

All the swiping up feels unsatisfying and repetitive. There's just something missing when compared to the feedback that a click of a button gives. Some taptic feedback would help to make some of these actions feel more satisfying.
Hmm. At first thought I said to myself ... seriously? Then I figured to try your point of view.

Mostly I think maybe instead of focusing so much upon the action you're doing and more about the end result. For examples:

Going to the gym and working out (for me has it's own high) for many people can seem tedious, draining. Yet most people that stick to the gym after 3mths realize their minds are focused on the end goal, their vision.

Same with having an accident and having to relearn walking again - that's depressing in my mind but the vision is on not just walking but running, standing, sitting and standing up, carrying things, for us guys ... standing up to ... you get the idea.

Imagine using your iPhone X's swiping up gestures yet holding the phone upside down. Try this for 5 minutes in all the actions you've mentioned ... you'll realize just WHY swiping UP is used more than swiping down ... ease of access with your thumbs from naturally holding the phone from the bottom.

Futhermore, I believe there are a few alternatives already available - like swiping from Left to right for app switching (3D touch and swipe maybe). I don't know of the others as I've not upgraded (yet) to iPhone X.
 
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bushman4

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While the swiping features become second nature after a couple of days some are unnecessary or impractical
I really don’t want to use my iPhone as a two handed device and the swiping features have turned it into one
 

Relentless Power

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I love it. The gestures are one of my favorite things about the X. The navigation feels faster, more fluid, and more convenient to me. I have an iPad as well, and its home button feels slow and clunky by comparison.
Strange how that can happen, isn’t it? How when new features introduced, it makes previous features like the home button feel outdated and antiquated. Gesture controls will easily expand beyond the iPhone and into the iPad. And as much as Apple markets the iPad, they both share a similar interface for functionality.
 
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Ffosse

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I still dislike my clicky button on the iPad Pro. I don't know why as it works fine. I even made a thread about it earlier this week.

It's not that the clicky home button is old-fashioned (although I think the last device to receive it was indeed the Pro), it simply jars a bit when I switch from iPhone to iPad. I wish at least Apple had made it capacitive.
 

M-A-R-V

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Strange how that can happen, isn’t it? How when new features introduced, it makes previous features like the home button feel outdated and antiquated.
Speak for your self, and you don't speak for majority? There are still a lot people who don't like X swipe gesture and can't give up Home button and happily upgraded to 8 Plus (including myself)
 
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Shirasaki

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Look how a zillion people jump up and say “gesture is good”.
During my iPhone 6s Plus use after X is out, I see the potential of gesture being faster in some cases, But not all of them. Also, do I need to say that touch based action is prone to error depending on action itself? Swipe up in iOS 11 does not fall into that category, but still. Just like iOS 11, gesture in X is “disastrous” for me thanks to poor ios 11 design. I believe iOS 12 will change some of them. I still hate swiping down from two locations to call two different functions, especially when one of them is the only way to view more stats bar icons.
 
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M-A-R-V

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I think Relentless Power was just making a comment in general.
No need the defense?

I was just saying that home button it's necessary outdated being that so many people upgraded to 8 instead of X "just for the home button and Touch ID"
 
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