First the gossip:
The United States Patent & Trademark Office this morning issued a patent grant to Apple pertaining to the familiar Slide to Unlock gesture. Remember, the now ubiquitous sliding move debuted on the original iPhone as a fun way to keep your device secured while in your pocket. “To unlock the phone, I just take my finger and slide it across. Wanna see that again? We wanted something you couldn’t do by accident in your pocket. Just slide it across – BOOM.”, Steve Jobs said entertaining the invitees at the phone’s unveiling in January of 2007
And now the reality: Slide to flipping fracking tossing unlock is a total arse.
It was GREAT in 2007. Absolutely GREAT. Simply gorgeous.
Now though, I can’t tell you how fucking annoying it is. Every sodding time I want to do ANYTHING on my iOS devices.
I tap the button.
I wait for the device to light up.
And then I drag my sodding finger across the little slider.
Someone save me from this shit.
How many minutes a-day am I bollocking away sliding every time I want to switch on my phone?
Give me a BlackBerry one-button-unlock ANY day.
Admit it, iOS fans: Slide to unlock has got very, very old.