One of the best features of the iPad is the automatic lock / unlock that activates when you open and close its lid. Presented with the iPad 2, the smart unlocking was revolutionary, at least in terms of slow unlocking.
But did you know that the iPhone can do the same? If you have an X-Series iPhone and a compatible cover, you can use the same auto-suspend / activation feature that iPad users have enjoyed from the iPad 2.
Intelligently Activate / Unlock on the iPhone
To enable smart locking and unlocking on the iPhone, go to Settings> Display and brightness then move the switch next to Lock / Unlock . That's. Now, when you have the iPhone in a compatible folio-style case, it will automatically activate on the screen when you open it, and turn it off when you close it.
Compatible cases include Apple's folio case and the Twelve South SurfacePad.
The story of the iPhone unlocking
On bad days, the only way to access your iPhone was by using the Slide switch to unlock . And if I had an access code enabled (back then, we did not always protect our iPhones with one), I would also have to enter that.
The smart sleeve of the iPad
Then, the iPad added the Smart Cover, which used magnets to indicate the tablet when it opened and closed. He still had to enter his access code, if it was configured, but he would never have to slide the screen again. And if you set your access code in a reasonable wait time, say 15 minutes, you can open and close the cover without having to touch the screen at all.
] The next big change was Touch ID. There have been several predetermined behaviors with Apple's fingerprint unlock feature over the years, but the essential was that you could unlock and activate the iPhone with a thumb. Simply press on the Start button, and the iPhone will be activated, authenticated and unlocked. No more pass codes or access codes.
Touch ID may have been the best of all Apple unlock methods. Some people still prefer it to Face ID. However, it was a bit uncomfortable on the iPad, since the gesture of "pressing the start button" is not as natural on the tablet as on an iPhone in your hand.
The other big change with Touch ID is that you can no longer set auto-blocking to something other than "immediately". If you have the tactile identification enabled, you must use it each time you activate the iPhone. You can not make it enter an hour, say, as you can with a regular access code unlock. That's a kind of pain in the iPad, since it eliminates the convenience of the direct gesture of open-cover-unlock.
Then the start button disappeared, so we needed another way to unlock our iPhones. The identification of the face is excellent. On the iPhone, it is less natural and more intrusive than Touch ID. After a while, Touch ID simply happens. It becomes muscular memory. Face ID, on the other hand, requires you to pause and think about it each time. And if your iPhone is on the table, and the Face ID camera can not see you, things get annoying quickly.
The identification of the face on the iPad, however, is fantastic. Freed from having to use Touch ID to unlock after opening the cover, the iPad feels that you do not even have an access code. It just works ™. (Mostly, anyway, if your iPad can not see it, it's harder to unlock it than the iPhone).
Lift up and touch to wake up
On the way, Apple introduced Levanta to wake up, and then it plays to wake up. The latter is available in iPhones X and 2018 iPad Pro, and could be Apple's best unlocking addition from the original Smart Cover. The inactive screen is still sensitive to touch, so you can zoom in and touch the screen of your iPhone on the bedside table to check the time, for example.
The mark of a big gesture of control is when you try to use it in places you can not Pinch to enlarge a real photo, for example, or press for a word in a magazine article. Touch to Wake is like that, and it has ruined me in older devices.
Who knows what's next for authentication and unlocking? Fingerprint scan across the entire screen? Better face ID? One thing is for sure: Apple is really interested in this. The company continues to improve and improve the process, which continues to improve and improve.