Clever concept fixes iPhone’s incoming call problems


Incoming call
Please make this real.
Photo: Vinoth Ragunathan

The way iPhone handles incoming calls is probably one of the worst UI elements still around in iOS. Instead of only showing a small alert, the entire screen is taken hostage by a caller. This especially sucks in the age of endless robocalls, yet Apple has shown no motivation to change all of that.

Concept designer Vinoth Ragunathan has come up with a clever solution that fixes all that and it doesn’t even require much work on Apple’s part. All you would have to do is swipe up to dismiss the screen.

Sometimes when you get a call you might not want to immediately decline it. Maybe you don’t want a friend to know you’re dissing their call and just want to let it keep ringing. Ragunathan’s concept would allow you to get back to what you were doing on your iPhone without hitting the decline button.

Once a call screen is dismissed you could still go back to it by tapping the orange button at the top left. It seems like a solid idea. Unfortunately, Apple didn’t make any changes to the call screen in iOS 13 so we’ll have to hold onto hope that something like this will make it into one of the next big iOS updates.



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