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  • New Concept Makes Better Use of the Lock Screen Camera Grabber


    Concept designer Sentry_NC is at it again – recently, he showed the world a new concept that would make iOS notifications much more usable – today, he’s showing us a way that the lock screen could be made more useful by making the existing Camera Grabber much more functional.

    The concept makes use of the existing Camera Grabber without adding anything extraneous to the lock screen, so everything will seem normal and Apple-esque in the beginning. The magic happens when you hold down on the Camera Grabber, rather than pulling up on it to open the Camera from the lock screen:

    Youtube Video

    As you can see, the concept makes it so that the icon on the grabber will light up when tapped and held on, and a new window will open showing a variety of different grabber shortcuts that could be used instead of just the Camera. The additional grabber shortcuts shown in the concept are the Phone, iMessage, and iPod.

    As the user drags his or her finger to the left, or to the right, the selector will choose a different icon and the one they land on when they let go of the screen will be chosen for the lock screen grabber shortcut.

    The idea is to give the user the choice of what they might want to open. Some users don’t really utilize the Camera, and might be in a better position to use the Grabber as an easy way to get to the Phone application to dial a number, or maybe they just want to have a faster way to get to the music on their device.

    Shortcuts on the lock screen have been made into jailbreak tweaks before, but the idea behind this concept is putting attention into the details that we would expect from Apple. Apple certainly wouldn’t want to place application icons on the lock screen, because this would look tacky. This concept uses a clean, unobtrusive way to quickly choose a shortcut, and use it.

    Additionally, having the user set their preference from the interface itself, without having to go to the Settings application, means that a lot of time will be saved and that everything integrates seamlessly. The designer also explains that the concept would be Passcode friendly, keeping your information safe from any unwanted hands that your iOS device may encounter should you choose to set it that way.

    Would you want to use this on your iPhone?

    For a mobile-friendly video link that works with our app, use the link below:
    Video Demo

    Sources: The Verge via Sentry_NC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Concept Makes Better Use of the Lock Screen Camera Grabber started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. shigh's Avatar
      shigh -
      This looks tight son.
    1. Zach B.'s Avatar
      Zach B. -
      I feel like this is a really cool concept, visually and effectively. I most likely wouldn't use it though as I'd rather just unlock the phone and click the icon. I will admit though, it might save you a few seconds since you don't have to unlock, find the app and then open it.
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      My Android phone (Meizu MX) already does this out of the box!
      I was waiting for someone to say this.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by MXCO View Post
      I was waiting for someone to say this.
      Me as well lol. Meh.
    1. Gho5t's Avatar
      Gho5t -
      It is cool, but ya my android does this outta the box too. Only i dont use it anymore so ya id like to see this made.
    1. jswann21's Avatar
      jswann21 -
      Well than, go post about it on an Android forum...
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      My Android phone (Meizu MX) already does this out of the box!
    1. gary86's Avatar
      gary86 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      My Android phone (Meizu MX) already does this out of the box!
      Your Android is also laggy right out the box as well. Good day sir.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      One of my most-used iOS 5.1 features is the camera icon next to the unlock bar. I use it *ALL* the time when I quickly want to grab the phone and take a pic. This is a pretty cool idea.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      That's awesome. I would def use it
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      That does seem really handy other than I would probably fat finger it.
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      My Android phone (Meizu MX) already does this out of the box!
      And maybe your iDevice can do it too!!! How awesome would that be? Almost as awesome as you posting about your android on modmyi...
    1. swordsx48's Avatar
      swordsx48 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gary86 View Post
      Your Android is also laggy right out the box as well. Good day sir.
      what? android is not laggy at all. android is exceptional, as well as iOS. iOS is really minimalistic and simple and android is a little more free and expandable.
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      someone needs to make this a cydia tweak...
    1. Colin9001's Avatar
      Colin9001 -
      No, someone needs to hire this kid at Apple.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      That's really going to make me wish we had a JB for the 5 if/when it's released.
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by swordsx48 View Post
      what? android is not laggy at all. android is exceptional, as well as iOS. iOS is really minimalistic and simple and android is a little more free and expandable.
      I partially agree, running flagship phones I.e galaxy sIII, note II etc. with beast hardware and running 4.1 or 4.2 with project butter, it's just as smooth. But even running the g sIII with 4.0 is still laggy as sh*t. My buddy has the sIII on Verizon (who still haven't pushed the 4.1 update, let alone 4.2) and its really laggy. Butter did wonders for android,
      But without it, android is very laggy.
    1. sknet's Avatar
      sknet -
      looking forward to get this great tweak
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      oH look iOS is catching up to Android MIUI
    1. dont h8 dre's Avatar
      dont h8 dre -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      oH look iOS is catching up to Android MIUI
      I was gonna say the same thing.
    1. marco136669's Avatar
      marco136669 -
      i admit android has this out of the box! but when apple makes it happen its flawless most of the time! like 'Do Not Disturb' and reject with SMS its always pretty neat and sleek no offence android fans