AssistiveTouch and iPhone Armbands

Because I’ve yet to find a set of Bluetooth headphones that reliably pair with my Apple Watch, I sometimes take my iPhone 7 with me when going for a run. I use an Incase armband that I originally purchased for my iPhone 6 which fits the iPhone 7 perfectly. Although the screen cover doesn’t interfere with taps and clicks, it also covers the Home button, rendering it useless.

While this isn’t too much of an issue because I still use my Apple Watch to track activity and control music playback, there are times when I need to do something on the iPhone. This means stopping, taking it out of the armband, and then unlocking it. As a workaround, I make use of AssistiveTouch to display an alternative Home button on the screen which I can use instead, avoiding the need to expose the iPhone and risk dropping it out of my sweaty hands.

The Home button isn't necessary to unlock the iPhone when using AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch is enabled in Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch. For quicker access, the Accessibility Shortcut (also within the Accessibility settings) can be set to toggle AssistiveTouch so it can be enabled or disabled by triple-clicking the Home button.

This works great before, and after, a run. All I need to do is triple-click the Home button before I place the iPhone into the armband. Then, if I ever need to unlock the phone, I tap the on-screen Home button and unlock the iPhone with its PIN. Once I’ve finished a workout, I triple-click the button again to disable AssistiveTouch.


Workflow Updated with Revamped Gallery and Import Questions

Workflow received another major update today, part of which drastically improves how workflows can be shared. The most notable change is the revamped Workflow Gallery. Until now, it always felt overlooked and didn’t seem to be updated with any regularity (which was one of the reasons I created Workflow Directory). By having a more user-orientated gallery with profiles and the ability to share more information with each workflow, it’s going to be much easier to discover and share workflows without needing to use a whole separate website.

Workflow Gallery

Another feature that I’m excited about is that you can now specify import questions that are asked when a workflow is installed by another user. When setting an import question, Workflow asks the user to provide certain information that the workflow might need. This is especially useful with the recent API support so that you can make sure other users can easily provide their own API keys.

Import Question

There are some additional changes to Workflow so you should check out Federico Viticci’s detailed coverage over at MacStories.