Some details, however incredibly small, can become so annoying with time…
Apple took the time to adjust the Camera button on the iPhone lock screen with iOS 5.1. But we’re still cursed with the most hideous set of audio controls. My improvements above represent but an incremental change. Ideally the damned controls would take up the entire effing screen. Why? Why not?
If I double tap the home button to bring up the audio controls, its quite obvious that I want to control the fucking audio. So why not use as much of the screen as possible for that very purpose? Why are we confined a one-line, 5-button layout, on a 2-inch screen, leaving buttons smaller than a half an inch? You have literally the entire screen save for the slide to unlock (which if the audio controls are up, should jump you to the Music app, don’t you think?) It would really be great to see the clock/date disappear and a nice, fluid set of audio controls to appear. They already go as far as to show album art on the lock screen. So why is this such a stretch?
While I’m in bitching mode… Another complaint still remains: Disable both skip buttons when playing a podcast or audiobook. At the very least, disable the “Previous won’t jump tracks, but will return you to the start of the playing track, losing your place in whatever 2 hour podcast you are currently playing. Good luck!”
And one more for good measure: If I don’t have a passcode set on my phone, and I take a picture after having launched the camera from the lock screen, let me send the damned picture. Don’t make me jump to the home screen, reopen the Camera app (or photos) and locate the damned picture again. If you have a passcode set, I get it. I understand the behavior at that point. But at that point I’d say let me unlock the phone from within the Camera, and enable those controls, but I can see where that might prove difficult.