I’m sure I’m not the only one who has an idea or two about how Apple Music can be improved. With iOS 10 beta in the hands of developers and the public, I’m sure Apple is getting a fair share of suggestions. But there is one thing that has bugged me for far too long, and it’s about time I bring it to light. The placements of the volume slider and timeline slider on the lock screen are way too inconvenient, especially for iPhone 6s Plus users.
Using one hand, it’s a pretty good stretch to reach the volume slider in the middle of the screen and impossible to reach the timeline at the top. Now the volume slider I can sort of deal with since there is a volume rocker on the side. But the timeline slider is something I tend to use a lot. I like to slide back to the second solo of Comfortably Numb a lot. Having that slider out of reach makes me have to use two hands. If only the timeline slider was positioned…oh I don’t know…say…near the bottom right where my thumb could reach it! Now that would be something, just like the screenshot I modified below.
Moving the volume and timeline slider to that position I’m betting would help a whole lot of people. But let’s not stop there. How about putting a setting inside Apple Music that would allow the position to be changeable for left-handed users as well. If we move into the app itself we could do the same in full song view where the timeline slider is in the middle. Move that slide to the same place or area as I have in the lock screen screenshot above.
Volume sliders, FFW/REV and timeline sliders should all be within thumbs reach. It just makes sense for easier use. The iPhone 6s Plus is beastly compared to some of its Android counterparts and reaching those sliders can be a pain in the butt. So there you have it Apple. Just one or two ways you could improve the Apple Music experience.
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