iOS 15 brings the iOS 13-style time and date picker back
What you need to know
- Apple's iOS 15 fixes a problem we've had with the date and time picker since iOS 14 arrived.
- We no longer have to type the date and time and can use an iOS 13-style wheel.
After breaking the date and time picker in iOS 14, Apple seems to have settled on something that mixes it with the previous iOS 13-style picker instead. And it's way better.
As people who have installed the iOS 15 beta have found out, Apple has done away with the previous situation that required users to type their time and date in. Now, we have a combination of that keypad input, as well as the wheel-style picker that we used for years up until iOS 14 came along.
Apple hit a middle ground between iOS 14’s date picker and all previous versions. Feels just right, in the Goldilocks Zone. pic.twitter.com/t2woeQcdKWApple hit a middle ground between iOS 14’s date picker and all previous versions. Feels just right, in the Goldilocks Zone. pic.twitter.com/t2woeQcdKW— Tim Isenman (@TimIsenman) June 8, 2021June 8, 2021
iOS 15: They fixed the time picker!!!
It’s actually even better - scroll or tap to type. pic.twitter.com/lyc5RLuQLAiOS 15: They fixed the time picker!!!
It’s actually even better - scroll or tap to type. pic.twitter.com/lyc5RLuQLA— Ryan Jones (@rjonesy) June 7, 2021June 7, 2021
The move might arguably make worth updating to iOS 15 worth it alone, especially if the small date and time picker has been driving you mad since the iOS 14 betas from last year. Like a certain someone I won't name.
Me. I'm the certain someone.
The new solution is arguably the best of both the iOS 13 and iOS 14 worlds and it's great to see Apple listening to feedback here.
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The iOS 14 time picker has always had the old scroll option, it’s just not obvious. Just touch the time and scroll up or down — no need to tap and type if you don’t want to. The iOS 15 change makes this more obvious but it also takes up a ton more screen real estate.
I can't imagine that I noticed enough that I would write an article about it.