This Press & Slide Concept Reimagines What The iPhone Lockscreen Should Look Like

This Press & Slide Concept Reimagines What The iPhone Lockscreen Should Look Like

"Press & Slide" wants to change the way you access your iPhone camera

iOS is the best mobile OS in the world but it certainly isn’t without its flaws. There are a few areas that need improvement. Is the iPhone Lockscreen one of them? We’ve seen conceptual designs that change the information displayed on the lockscreen and this new idea proposes to change the way the camera is accessed on the lockscreen, but does it make any sense?

Press & Slide is a concept created by Brye Kobayashi that aims to make the iPhone Lockscreen more intuitive. Apple’s recent addition of the “slide-up for camera” option on the iPhone lockscreen was a welcomed addition to iOS, but it has lacked that certain Apple charm that makes their UIs intuitive. The current camera option requires sliding a finger up on a vertical plane, rather on the horizontal plane that users are used to doing to unlock their phone.

This Press & Slide Concept Reimagines What The iPhone Lockscreen Should Look Like

Bryce’s idea puts both the camera unlock and iPhone unlock on the same horizontal plane. To jump to the camera from the lockscreen users simply press the camera button and slide it all the way to the left. To unlock the phone, press the lock and slide to the right. Bryce also thinks Apple should use circles for the toggles on the lockscreen to maintain consistency with the sliders that were introduced in iOS 4. The concept is actually pretty similar to that found on Android phones like the Galaxy Nexus.

What do you think? Is this concept idea something you want Apple to implement? Or would it be more unintuitive than the current design?

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  • David Oosterhouse

    I like it, it would much more intuitive than the current setup.

  • YarikGo

    I like it :-)

  • James Kent

    The current design is fine, a slide to unlock or a flick up to use the camera. Sliding from right to left just feels wrong.

  • Amr Khalifa

    I agree.  Sliding from left to right doesn’t feel right, especially since the text highlight would also have to go from left to right, causing an annoyance to the eyes since we read from right to left.  But i do agree that they should make the slide icon circular rather than rectangular.  Rectangles are so last decade!

  • Scott Boettcher

    Not needed.  Although I don’t like the new swipe UP for camera – it’s not natural when holding the phone one-handed, and I have very large hands.  My 2¢

  • shannon_f

    But you slide right to left all the time on the spring board home screens, apps, etc?

  • shannon_f

    I like the idea

  • Amr Khalifa

    Yes, but sliding springboard pages feels natural, while sliding in the direction opposite to text orientation that’s sitting right next to the slider, would feel awkward to me, and there’s the highlight thing as well.  It could be just me.. 

  • Andy Steinmann

    Looks just like the lock screen on Ice Cream Sandwich, but with an Apple twist. Oh and the actions are swapped.

  • James Kent

    I flick right to left but very rarely is there any need to slide, they are quite different gestures.

  • MacHead

    I like the new flick up for the camera myself. Its out of the way enough to not accidentally trigger and I find it easy enough to flick when I do want it. 

  • Ryan McCawley

    I’d like it if we could get a flashlight option added to the lockscreen.  I use my LED light as a flashlight all the time, but have to unlock the phone (type in a unlock code) then find my app. It stinks!

  • shannon_f

    I can understand that. I’m still on jailbroken iOS 5.0 so I don’t know how useful that new swipe up for camera feature is. I actually have been pretty happy with the double click the home button to access the camera button

  • James Kent

    I’d go as far to say that the flick up to activate the camera was the only thing in 5.1 worth upgrading for

  • Daniel Fernandes

    The first version of the Locked Phone camara button was just a click, and the current one is dragging.

    With this, you would force everyone to click and drag (2 actions instead of 1) to unlock the screen and go to the camera.

  • Jim Gerard

    You swipe up to get the camera? When I want the phone, I have it upright (portrait) and swipe right. When I want the camera, I rotate to landscape and swipe right. I always swipe right.

  • ereins158

    Actually, the first version was a click, a double click, and a tap (power, home, button) and now it’s just a click and a flick. This seems fine, and Apple could even let you choose what app was accessed (maybe calendar instead of camera, etc.)

  • Askilmfangel

    Android’s been doing that for years, sorry to say.

  • ilpappas

    its fine as it is

  • Outhig

    No-one cares.

  • Nick Ongpauco

    Check out the jailbreak app Locksliderz, has the slide bar with an app on both sides just like this. Also has a mini bar underneath for two more apps. Double tapping the home button reveals another 1 or 2 slide bars with 2 or 4 apps. Its super awesome and i can unlock my phone to get to where I want 90% of the time

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… 

  • Nick Ongpauco

    Check out the jailbreak app Locksliderz, has the slide bar with an app on both sides just like this. Also has a mini bar underneath for two more apps. Double tapping the home button reveals another 1 or 2 slide bars with 2 or 4 apps. Its super awesome and i can unlock my phone to get to where I want 90% of the time

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… 

  • RafaelX

    You read right to left? Are you some kind of witch?

    Seriously though, unless you’re using a different language, you read from left to right. I think you got mixed up.

  • MySkyizBlue

    I like the flick up camera
    its fun to use and it also makes my iPhone look elegant

  • ?sad ?hahab (Wild ?)

    This is exactly how my mom’s Xperia X10′s screen is.
    Apple doesnt copy and I’d say thus Brye guy just copied Android

  • sir1jaguar

    Dear APPLE,

    I REALLY LIKE IT…

    ITS LIKE MY OTHER SMARTPHONE – GALAXY NEXUS (gsm version)…

    But if APPLE have that, its first AGAIN…

    Thats how great my lord apple is, even its existed million years ago – if it will be apple will implement it, ITS THE BEST….

    NO ONE WILL SUE MY FAVORITE FRUIT AND IF EVER THEY WILL SUE US IN COURT, WE HAVE TONS OF LAWYER…

    Thats how i like from my lord apple, if they will copy, steal and buy other technology and patented it – no one should stop it…

    BUT IF OTHER COMPANY WILL COPY EVEN THE THE TINIEST DETAIL OF WHAT APPLE HAVE NOW, OUR EXPENSIVE LAWYERS ARE THERE TO SUE THEM…

    THATS WHY I LOVE SO MUCH, APPLE….

    EVEN IF THE COMPETITION HAVE A GADGET/PRODUCTS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE EASY AND PERFECT BUT DONT HAVE APPLE LOGO, ITS A SHITTY PRODUCT…

    ONLY APPLE CAN MAKE A PRODUCTS THAT ARE PERFECT AND ORIGINAL…

    Sincerely,
    Iturd, imoron, ifan, isheep & izombie

  • Takeshi Hartono

    It is indeed nice but I think it will infringe on one of androids patents.  I’ve definitely seen that lock screen somewhere.

  • sir1jaguar

    Outhig,

    You are so great…

    Defend APPLE till our last breath!

    We dont care even APPLE will steal, copy or buy other innovations…

    What we care is we are no. 1!!!

    Sincerely,
    Steve Jobs

  • TyMoldovan

    It may already be patented (by another company)? Because I’m sure apple thought of something like this already? lol Just my thoughts, although i really do like it. The sliding ball is really nice

  • fordcom

    Looks and feel better than Apple’s Stock one. 

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