Using proximity sensor to keep screen off

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by zorinlynx, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. zorinlynx macrumors 601

    zorinlynx

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    #1
    So, about this blurb...

    "Thanks to ambient light and proximity sensors, your iPhone knows if it’s facedown on the table and prevents the screen from turning on, even when you receive a notification."

    How well does this feature work? I'm curious if it only works when the phone is facedown on a table or if it works in pockets too?

    There's never any reason to turn on the screen when notifications go off in your pocket. This has the potential to save a lot of battery life for those of us who get a lot of "noiseless" notifications. (Foursquare checkins, Telegram group messages, etc.)
     
  2. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

    XboxMySocks

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    After doing much work with the proximity sensor, I can say this would work very easily with being facedown OR in your pocket.
     
  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Good to hear. Sounds like if there's something covering the screen in some way then likely it can stay off when a notification comes in.
     
  4. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

    XboxMySocks

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    The possible applications are actually much wider than this (i.e. turning on and off a device via the sensor) and surprisingly easy to remove false positives, so I'm fairly optimistic about this feature being implemented successfully.
     
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    The interesting thing is that this is all really based on what has been in the devices since long ago (unless I'm missing something)--could have been a feature that was added back in iOS 5 even probably.
     
  6. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

    XboxMySocks

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    Yep. The possibility has been around for quite sometime
     

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