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Quickly reach the home page from a locked iPhone iOS devices
I'm not sure how long this has been around; I'm expecting since 1.1.2 released. If your iPhone locks (sleeps) when it's inside of any application, you can quickly return to the home screen without extra button pushes:
  1. Lock your phone while in an app, like the iPod.
  2. Press the Home button to wake it.
  3. Immediately swipe to unlock. Speed is key; usually the swipe has to be started before the screen lights up.
  4. When the iPhone unlocks, the iPhone returns to Home screen instead of the iPod. (Some apps seem to be tougher to do this with than others.)
This doesn't happen when the phone is awakened with the Lock button, and it's clear that the application isn't crashing, because you can occasionally grab glimpses of the retreating application's animation and the Home screen's animation.

A quick poll of my two iPhone-owning coworkers think it's a bug, but it's a slightly useful one.
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Quickly reach the home page from a locked iPhone
Authored by: immensewok on Nov 29, '07 09:32:34AM

I do all my song rating on the iPhone. I listen until I decide how many stars the song deserves, wake it up, and rate it. This home screen nonsense has been driving me nuts. I'm glad to see its not just me. I'll try slowing down a little.



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Quickly reach the home page from a locked iPhone
Authored by: Anticitizen on Aug 07, '09 03:25:23AM

Thought I'd add a note to anyone reading this: This no longer works in OS 3.0 and I believe 2.2.1.



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