[iOS 10 Beta 2]What is “Rest Finger to Unlock”?

When it comes to companies such as Apple, they go against the grain in ways that seem almost unfathomable to other companies. Think of them as a stubborn uncle that refuses to keep up for the sake of keeping up. 


iOS 10 was announced by Apple back in June at their yearly WWDC conference and it didn’t let the die hard Apple fans down in terms of additional features and overall usability improvements. You have the new and improved notification system, which gives 3D Touch more of a purpose than guesswork; and of course you have the nuclear update to iMessage, which Apple threw everything but the kitchen sink at. Other features such as Siri improvements, the new ‘Home’ automation application and questionable font changes make an appearance here or there, too.


Today, Apple seeded its latest beta for developers and enthusiasts alike to give the latest version of iOS 10 a test drive. From my experiences so far, it improves leaps and bounds over what was offered in its initial beta, giving more of a purpose and a somewhat sleekness to the experience.


Thanks to Razvn on Twitter, a new feature was added into the latest iOS 10 beta that appears to do nothing right now. That feature is called Rest Finger to Unlock – if you’re ‘in the know’ with tech circles or just a general follower of smartphone technology, you will be right to assume what this rest to unlock feature will do. It’s premise, for the most part, is to enable the user to unlock their phone without having to switch on the screen via the fingerprint scanner. This is one feature I missed from when I used an Android device very recently. Just the convenience of unlocking your phone at lightning speeds with no hiccups is something I’ve dream of having in iOS for a good while now, and it appears to be on the horizon for the iOS 10 release in the fall.


Following the Grain

I’m not one for Apple bashing, but it’s no mystery that Apple tend to stay behind when it comes to ‘big’ features that other smartphone companies have implemented. The reasoning is simple: Apple like to perfect the art of implementation; making no mistakes in the process. Does this call for bad ‘customer focusing’ practices? I wouldn’t say so. The average consumer won’t really know what these features are unless you have a really annoying friend that tends to babble on about how awesome double-tap to wake is. Odds are they’ll have never even heard of it until Apple themselves take a stab at it, in turn making the consumer believe it was one of the first.

image courtesy of Android Headlines

Rest to Unlock is a feature that has been out for nearly 2 years now. Phones such as the OnePlus 2, Nexus 5X, 6P, Huawei P9 and a magnitude of other devices have had this since their respective launch dates, and it really does add up to an overall fantastic user experience in the process.

I, for one, am glad that Apple decided to delve into the world of not seeing your lockscreen that often (which technically they did with the iPhone 6s launch and iOS 9), and it makes Apple users like myself a very happy customer to see it in the works.

Will it be ‘revolutionary’? No. It’s a simple feature that makes a massive difference in your use cases – and as I’ve said before, Apple like to master the art of implementation, so it’s not an argument of how long it took them to include it, and more of a case that they actually did it, and did it will enough.[perfectpullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Apple like to master the art of implementation, so it’s not an argument of how long it took them to include it, and more of a case that they actually did it, and did it will enough.[/perfectpullquote]

What are your thoughts on this? Do you want to see a ‘Rest to Unlock’ option in iOS 10? Let us know in the comments.

About Kurt Colbeck

Cynical, bitter, and speaks his mind. And those are my good points! I like to ramble and I love technology, so this is why I'm here.

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