Check Out This Insanely Tiny Detail Apple Added To The iOS 6.1 Lockscreen

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Notice the slight difference in the light reflection between the Pause button and Volume slider?

Apple is famous for its attention to detail and making the smallest tweaks to hardware and software most people wouldn’t even notice. It’s kind of silly to get excited about tiny animation details in iOS, but to us, they’re a sign that Apple really cares about its products.

Along with the new lockscreen music controls for iOS 6.1, Apple added some new light reflection details on the lockscreen as well.  Now, instead of the music player bar being a flat surface, there is a small amount of light reflecting between the Pause button and Volume slider that moves as you tilt your device. Apple added a similar light feature to the volume slider knobs in iOS 6.0, so and it looks like it’s slowly creeping its way through the rest of iOS.

Here’s a video of the tiny feature in action:

You can see this little detail in a few other areas of iOS like the music player itself. It’s not at all helpful in any way, but it looks cool.

Have you found any other little changes to iOS that we haven’t mentioned? Let us hear about them in the comments.

  • Avenged110

    I still love these awesome little things. Although, ftr, this has been present in the Music app since iOS 6.0

  • Buster

    @Avenged110 right, but it’s new to the lockscreen.

  • Alex Hazel

    I still love these awesome little things. Although, ftr, this has been present in the Music app since iOS 6.0

    Yah but it’s new to the lockscreen AND the lighting only used to be on on the volume knob. It never changed the white line underneath the play controls.

  • Timothy Williamson

    I think it’s funny that the volume control in the multi-tasking tray doesn’t have this light reflection feature.

  • Vertigo Bird

    I was already excited about volume knob. Totally missed this subtle effect. Awesome, Apple!

  • technochick

    That is the kind of stuff that is annoying, iOS 6 is full of that cute crap and was full of bugs. If the software hadn’t had stuff like major wifi issues it wouldn’t be so bad but to spend time on shadows and then release a bug that costs hundreds of customers major overages

  • anirudh7_live

    :( they should have concentrated on stoping Battery drain than this little little things, maps still a mess(For NZ)

  • TechBell

    You’re right, it’s an insanely tiny detail. Who cares?

  • bozomac

    “Apple is famous for its attention to detail”… “Apple really cares about its products.”…
    Let’s put that to rest once and for all, ok?!? Antennagate, screens, Maps, Podcast, iTunes, MacPro… Got it?

  • GraemeMcRae

    I noticed three horizontal streaks in the Music app in iOS 6.1. I posted screenshots here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/112638818176594178616/posts/hpvaqnmyXis

  • GraemeMcRae

    I noticed three horizontal streaks in the Music app in iOS 6.1. I posted screenshots here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/112638818176594178616/posts/hpvaqnmyXis

    I had to disagree with my own comment, in that I checked an iOS 6.01 phone, and the Music app does the same thing. So this behavior of the Music app is not new with 6.1. (But the Lock Screen streak of light *is* new)

  • joshplague

    That animation detail was in iOS 6.0 when it was released. It was in the Music app and the multitasking tray. They are now just adding it to the lock screen.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    “Apple is famous for its attention to detail”… “Apple really cares about its products.”…
    Let’s put that to rest once and for all, ok?!? Antennagate, screens, Maps, Podcast, iTunes, MacPro… Got it?

    What about all of those subjects?

    Antenna-gate was never an issue. The problem was that people covered the locations of the reception for the phone. There was no hardware deformity. Perhaps Apple should have been more assertive in what the outcome could be if those marked areas are blocked, but there was not issue with the hardware: if you didn’t block the antenna, your phone received reception, unless AT&T sucked in your area.

    Screens? That is the most broad subject you try to argue. There are so many components to a screen and anything can be wrong. However, Apple doesn’t produce any display. Apple sends a blueprint and an order number to 3rd party manufacturers. Any defects to screens is on the 3rd party company. But once demand has reached a certain level, there’s no easy way you can retract a product.

    Maps? Again, Apple sourced their maps from a 3rd party company, TomTom. Maybe TomTom didn’t have the desired level of accuracy, but Apple could have chosen them for many reasons, like trust in the brand, cost, or maybe TomTom is the leader in GPS units in the U.S. or other major markets. In latter case, the transition between car GPS and cellphone navigation would be seamless.

    Podcast? Again, so many thing could have gone wrong with software. Just saying podcast doesn’t explain anything.

    Mac Pro make me most curious. You’ve not listed anything wrong with the Mac Pro, but I believe you mean the fact that it hasn’t been updated. In order to know why something happened, like the absence of an Apple workstation, you’d need to be Apple. Did you know that the X5650 (x2) is still more powerful than any Ivy Bridge chip? It’s still a great server solution, even if it’ several years old.

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