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iPhone X Buttons and Gestures

Joanna Stern:

The Internet may not need another iPhone X review but it absolutely does need the @JoannaStern iPhone X user manual[…]

Jordan Merrick:

Apple has changed the button combinations for both Emergency SOS and a force restart on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. This gave me quite a fright when I needed to restart my iPhone X, only to trigger Emergency SOS by mistake.

Chan Karunamuni:

The project i’ve been working on the past 1.5 years is finally here. Try out the all new fluid gestural interface on the iPhone X.

Dan Masters:

I can attest to this too – no lag at all.

In fact, I would say iPhone X has the best iOS multitasking UX to date.

Update (2017-11-07): Adrian Weckler:

When downloading an app on iPhone X, instead of home button Touch ID it’s a double click of power button and then Face ID does the rest.

Joe Rossignol:

Once enabled, Reachability can be invoked by swiping down on the bar that serves as a visual indicator for returning to the Home screen.

Update (2017-11-08): Craig Grannell:

The Home indicator, though, feels like a really weird decision. By all means, have it there to begin with. And for those users who need the reminder, let them keep it. But for everyone else, there needs to be a setting to banish the thing for good. Having it sit there permanently is a distraction that feels decidedly un-Apple.

Update (2017-11-20): Stephen Hackett:

I understand conceptually why Control Center is where it is. Pulling down on the cell signal, Wi-Fi and battery indicators open the controls for those things. I actually like that linking of those two bits of UI.

The problem is that Control Center is too far away. I use my iPhone in my right hand, and even as someone who carried a Plus-sized phone for three years, I struggle to activate Control Center. Because Spotlight can be triggered with the same gesture — a downward swipe — from about anywhere on the screen, I often am greeted with a search field when all I wanted was to turn down my screen brightness or enter Airplane mode.

For people who use their iPhones with their left thumbs, it’s all but unreachable.

Update (2017-11-21): See also: Gabe Weatherhead.

2 Comments

I've just filed a bug (35651381) on the issue Stephen Hackett describes. It is certainly a usability regression, especially considering that the “reachability” gesture no longer affects the status bar.

The change to use a double-click of the side button to invoke Apple Pay introduces a new regression: touch input is still accepted (and processed) for the better part of a second after trying to lock the phone. That can be disastrous (e.g., leading to in-app actions, dialed phone calls, etc.) Filed 35648414.

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