Scroll wheel alarm-setting makes a comeback in iOS 15

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Scroll wheel
It's back, baby!
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Apple appears to have restored the scroll wheel to setting alarms in iOS 15, having replaced it with last year’s iOS 14 update.

While it’s a minor feature, it’s one that was conspicuous in its absence last year, replaced with a far clunkier, counterintuitive replacement. Now it’s back — showing that Apple does indeed listen when people call out certain features that used to be better.

As I wrote before:

“With its satisfying haptic clicks, [the scroll wheel] was one of those neat software flourishes — like the rubber band effect you get when you reach the bottom of a page on Safari, or the way iOS autofills login codes from text messages — that made you smile… It had a ‘fiddle factor‘ that was a bit of software genius. It was so very Apple.”

Apple seems to be on a kick regarding bringing back old features right now. We’ve got colorful Macs for the first time in around twenty years. Ports are seemingly making a comeback. And MagSafe has been resurrected, brushed down, and introduced seemingly across Apple’s entire product line.

Apple introduced iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 at yesterday’s WWDC keynote. Immediately after the event it made the first developer betas available to download. While they’re still certainly a work in progress, and you shouldn’t download them for your primary device, if you want to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s tech today you can follow our handy download guide here.

Have you installed iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 just yet? What are your first impressions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.