Hawaiian designer Brye Kobiyashi found himself dissatisfied with the new iPhone lock screen that comes as part of the upgrade to iOS 5.1, so he decided to take matters into his own hands with a bold redesign that he posted to a design forum yesterday. Kobiyashi expressed discontent with what he perceived as the inelegance of the new upward swipe feature that allows iPhone users to access the camera directly from the lock screen. While the utility is undoubtedly valuable, Kobiyashi claims that the slider itself is outdated and the camera icon makes it off balanced.
In a style adhering to Apple’s recognizable branding, Kobiyashi continues to outline his design process with a series of prototypes showing various stages of his proposed changes in action.
Finally, Kobiyashi presents the final product. The slider has been modernized to a circle to fit with the other sliders utilized throughout the operating system. In order for the slider to appear, one has to press either the lock icon on the left or the camera icon on the right. Both sliders operate horizontally, thus unifying the swipe movement associated with the lock screen. The jury’s still out on whether or not this idea is a significant improvement or not, but its certainly interesting and the beautiful presentation is worth checking out.