After living with iOS 11 for a week, the biggest change to my regular routine is the new lock screen cover sheet. While I like one of the changes, over all, I am not finding it to be an improvement for me.
The one thing I really like is that on my iPhone 7, with raise to wake on, no matter what my phone is doing, if I pick it up, I hear the time. I don't have a watch, and I used to have to swipe around to check the time if I had other stuff going on. I really like this.
But unfortunately, other changes aren't so welcome.
I used to be able to quickly go back or forward 30 seconds in an iCatcher podcast from the lock screen. While I can swipe a timeline, this easy access is gone.
I am finding Lock screen notifications harder to manage. Not only is there the unnecessary hide and view messages buttons, I have to swipe through a bunch of audio player things to get there. I know in part it is muscle memory, but, this seemed easier before.
I am trying to get used to the cover sheet notifications being the same as the lock screen. But I still don't see an advantage to having the time, dates, and audio player controls on the notification screen. I liked having a screen dedicated to just notifications.
When my phone is locked, and face up, I no longer hear the text of an incoming alert, no matter whether it is from a text, email, news, or other source. In the past, lock screen alerts were read if my phone was face up, and only the tone heard if it was face down, but now, no matter the phone orientation, i just hear the tone, and the time. I have to check the phone to see the alert.
In a few more weeks, I expect to be habituated to the changes, and I am wary of falling into the "it is different, so it must be bad" knee jerk response set. Still, this just feels clunky and less efficient.