With each iteration of iOS, the software designers at Apple have moved further and further into minimalism. The beauty of the original iPhone in 2007 was its full device display. The display allowed for beautiful iTunes Album Artwork, full screen movies, photo browsing, and a real web experience. As the OS has gotten more sophisticated, the trend has been to remove interface elements exposing even more content and allowing you to immerse yourself in whatever you have chosen to do on your device.
Seven years later and much of the user interface has been stripped away. It is most noticeable in Safari where almost all user controls vanish as you start exploring a webpage. Yes, you can certainly get them to reappear but that is one extra tap of the screen none of us should have to make. Wisely, Apple has included new gestures to help move around your device with ease.
The most useful is the back swipe. Moving your finger from the left edge to right in many apps will allow you to go back one screen. In Safari, this means you can go back through your surfing history one page at a time.
In Mail and Messages, the same gesture will take you into the list view of your emails or messages. The same gesture can take you back into your list of songs or albums in iTunes or take you back a page in the Settings app
A similar gesture helps to manage your content within apps. Certain apps with list views, like Messages and Mail, employ a right to left swipe across a specific message or contact to discard or manage that specific bit of content. Messages can be deleted this way and emails can be trashed or moved similarly.
Other gestures we’ve highlighted previously. From the home or lock screen, sliding up from the very bottom of the display exposes Control Center. The same gesture from the very top of the screen allows you to access Notification Center.
The same gesture in the middle of the home screen will pull up Spotlight Search.
Learn these gestures and navigating your new iPhone becomes quick, easy, and natural.
Have you discovered other gestures that are helpful? Let us know in the comments!