Check Out The Shiny New Lockscreen Music Controls In iOS 6.1

iOS 6.0 lockscreen music controls vs. 6.1

iOS 6.0 lockscreen music controls vs. 6.1

Perhaps you’ve been combing through iOS 6.1 on your iOS device looking for the little changes that Apple hasn’t mentioned. A couple of our readers certainly have. One little change is pretty easy to spot: the lockscreen music controls have been redesigned with an aluminum finish.

Now we’re well aware that this tweak came in the first iOS 6.1 developer beta back in November, but for the many of you who just got 6.1 today, this is something totally new.

It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s nice to see that Apple is still interested in making smaller aesthetic changes to iOS on a regular basis.

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  • snipershot325

    As long as whe are talking about small atheistic changes to iOS they also updated the Facebook icon in the sharing and settings menu to new one since Facebook 5.0 before it was still the old 4.0 icon.

  • Steve Lawrence

    I can’t believe they didn’t add Up Next to the iPhone / iPad, but they added it to the Apple TV!?

  • balcis

    As long as whe are talking about small atheistic changes to iOS they also updated the Facebook icon in the sharing and settings menu to new one since Facebook 5.0 before it was still the old 4.0 icon.

    atheistic? that was good :)

  • joewaylo

    The shiny doesn’t work on the home screen volume controls now. I double tapped home, slid to the volume control, and moved my iPhone around to change the reflection. Nada.

  • Barry_Dwyer_

    Did they also chang the photo attachment size on 6.1 for iPad? If you now tap images, you’re presented with an “image size” selection buttons below the BCC field. Is that new or am I just slow?

  • BrainGameMayhem

    I’m really glad they made this change. Often, I would skip the song when trying to pause, as the buttons were too close together. The aluminum looks sharp, too.

    The shiny doesn’t work on the home screen volume controls now. I double tapped home, slid to the volume control, and moved my iPhone around to change the reflection. Nada.

    Works for me!

  • Trisjen1983

    They need t change iOS as a whole, stop these little incremental changes!! Come on Son!!

  • rcrider4

    Did they also chang the photo attachment size on 6.1 for iPad? If you now tap images, you’re presented with an “image size” selection buttons below the BCC field. Is that new or am I just slow?

    No, that has been there for a while. It just only shows up on large images.

  • BrainGameMayhem

    They need t change iOS as a whole, stop these little incremental changes!! Come on Son!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_release

  • Scott Dansereau

    A friend showed me a really nice little touch.. If you look at the round “nub” on the slider and then change the angle of the phone, the reflections change too. Its a clever trick using the accelerometer, and I’m not sure when the worked it in, he noticed it when he got his iP5 a few months back. Well done Apple!

  • dgilluly

    I hate them, absolutely hate them, I often like to go to the next song while I’m driving, but because Apple decided to make them smaller, it makes it more difficult to do so. On top of this half the time my touchscreen doesn’t work, and it dead freezes forcing me to hold the lock and home buttons down together to restart it. I’m getting a Droid my next upgrade, to see if they’re any better.

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