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  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    gwelsby wrote:


    Hi Chris,

      hey, I don't want to cause any ill-feeling!  However, firstly I didn't mention pass codes.

    Understood. No worries here. I responded to your post then added to it because of others comments.

    Secondly, slide-to-unlock is not there to prevent the user from accidentally touching the screen and causing some action.

    It's there to prevent any actions at all without doing something specific.

    Unlock the screen then tap something on the screen, It will cause an action. If the screen is not locked and you touch it, chances are something could happen (make  phone call, start an app, start/stop/pause playback, etc.).

      It may be there to prevent the user's accidentally hitting the home or power buttons

    It's not. Think about it.

    Slide to unlock does not prevent the user from pushing the Home/Power button and does not stop any actions when they are pressed.

    Pressing the Power button turns the screen on and calls up Slide to unlock or turns the screen off. If held, Power calls up the Slide to Power off button. Same whether screen is locked or not.

    Home makes the Slide to unlock screen show up if locked. If unlocked, it simply goes to the home screen.


    Keep in mind that you are using it for a specific purpose (remote control).


    iDevices are designed for multiple uses. To be put into a pocket, purse, handbag, briefcase, etc. Few, if any, would want their iPhone dialing just becuse they put it into their pocket or purse or their iPad to start playing music when they move it from the table to the counter (just because they accidentally touch the screen).


    Send suggestions here ->

  • gwelsby Level 1 (0 points)


      forgive my lack of precision.  I ought to have re-arranged the sentence to say "It may be there to prevent the user's causing an action by accidentally hitting the home or power buttons".  Also, forgive my ignorance.  I was not aware that the iPad could be activated just by tapping the screen.  I have to press either the power or home buttons to bring mine to life.  I'll look into that.  However, I am adamant that the slide-to-unlock feature should be optional.

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    Also, forgive my ignorance.  I was not aware that the iPad could be activated just by tapping the screen.

    If the screen is not on, it can't be activated by touching the screen.

    But if one was to accidentally tap home or or power (not that difficult) then touch the screen (without screen lock), something would likely happen.

    Swipe to unlock is a positive, deliberate action to do something.


    However, I am adamant that the slide-to-unlock feature should be optional.

    As noted, send suggestions here ->

  • slksc928 Level 1 (0 points)

    For what it's worth, I too wish the slide-to-unlock screen were optional.  The iPad is a great device to use at night for astronomy, and there are numerous astronomy apps that utilize a night vision feature that turns the screen red to save your night vision.  Unfortunately, when the slide-to-unlock screen comes on, the night vision feature is inactivated, and the screen blinds you with white light that destroys your night vision.  So, it would be great if I just had the ability to turn that feature off.  Right now, it looks like the only way I can defeat the slide-to-unlock screen is to use the iPad2 cover, which is not too convenient in the dark.


    Oh well, I'll try sending my suggestion to Apple.

  • paulcb Level 6 (19,110 points)

    Why don't you set Auto-Lock to Never?


    Settings > General > Auto-Lock

  • slksc928 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I can set the auto-lock to Never, but then the iPad is constantly on and never sleeps.  And if I manually turn the iPad off and back on again, the slide-to-unlock screen appears.  I'd rather have the option of bypassing the slide-to-unlock screen when I turn on the iPad.

  • gwelsby Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree.  Auto-lock-to-never destroys battery life and also forces a lit screen when I don't want it - e.g. in a darkened room.  To me this is a no-brainer - what is the downside of making the slide-to-unlock a configurable option?  If enough of us ask for it then maybe Apple will listen.

  • yerdletoo Level 1 (0 points)

    Swipe to unlock may be deliberate, but most definitely should be able to be disabled. Along with all the other reasons noted, I have a mentally limited brother-in-law. We bought him an iPad because of applications for persons with his abilities. Having to unlock the screen every time is difficult and frustrating for him. It may be a great safety feature for many/most users, but it should be an option. Apple occasionally makes truly bone-headed decisions about how products should operate, but without thinking through all the possibilities. This is one of those poor decisions.

  • BeachCatFan Level 1 (25 points)

    The swipe to unlock feature seems to be on a lot of devices. My Android phone has one as does my NOOK Simple Touch and my NOOK Color. I've gotten rather used to it by now so I figure when my iPad comes, it will be second nature to me.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 (13,261 points)

    Chris CA wrote:


    It's there to prevent any actions at all without doing something specific.

    Interesting that the photo slide show and, now, the camera operation is excluded from that protection.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 (17,636 points)

    Looked through this entire thread and didn't really know who to respond to with my comments so I responded to the OP.


    I hardly ever see the Slide to Unlock screen. When I close the smart cover on my iPad it sleeps. When I open the smart cover I am right back where I was when I closed. No slide to unlock appears. So if the slide to unlock feature is undesirable just use a smart cover to sleep the iPad.

  • celliott147 Level 4 (1,300 points)

    If you don't already have an iPad 2 with a smart cover, you might want to go that route as it bypasses slide to unlock when you open the cover...

  • slksc928 Level 1 (0 points)

    I covered this issue earlier, but it bears repeating.  Yes, the smart cover does defeat the Slide-to-Unlock screen; I think it's the only thing that does.  But there are occasions where the use of the cover is not convenient or prcatical.  I'm using the iPad with a telescope for astronomy, and fumbling with the cover in the dark is not easy.  I also mount the iPad on a vertical stalk, and the cover simply won't stay on there.  Another poster uses the iPad on a microphone stand for music, and for the same reason the cover just won't stay on.  Having the option to disable the Slide-to-Unlock screen would solve all these problems.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,977 points)

    Submit your feedback directly to Apple using the appropriate link on the Feedback page:


  • tonefox Level 6 (9,160 points)

    You don't need the smart cover, just a small magnet.

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