Apple’s iOS 11 software includes a new Cover Sheet that combines notifications with your Lock screen wallpaper, but it currently clashes with Reachability, an accessibility feature that lets you reach the top of the screen by double-tapping the Home button.

According to Apple’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi, who responded to an inquiry from an inquisitive MacRumors reader, the company plans to remedy the situation.

“We are fixing it,” Federighi allegedly wrote back, confirming that the issue will be addressed in a future version of iOS 11.

Reachability brings all onscreen assets down so they’re closer to your thumb for easy one-handed access. Before iOS 11, the user could invoke Reachability and then swipe down at the middle of the screen just above the app line to pull down the Notification Center.

In iOS 11, the pulldown gesture does not invoke the new Cover Sheet. Instead, you must reach all the way up to the status bar to bring down the new Cover Sheet and see your notifications.

I’m glad that Apple is fixing this obvious Reachability bug in iOS 11.

iPhone X does not have Reachability at all, but Brazilian iOS developer Guilherme Rambo‏ recently discovered code strings indicating Apple may be working on bringing Reachability support to the forthcoming OLED handset.

  • Charlie

    How come there are so many bugs with iOS 11? What I can’t understand is some bugs are obvious and many users would have experienced those during the beta

    • Alan Roberts

      I agree. There are issues in WatchOS 4 as well. Reported them to Apple who confirmed they are aware of the issues.

    • Iskren Donev

      My suspicion is that they have simply run out of time. Considering the massive improvements for iPad as well as the homeless (ha!) iPhone X I am sure they had plenty to go through.

      • That seems like the most reasonable explanation to me as well

      • Senthet

        So what you basically say is they released the product to the market before it was finished.
        Same problem and growing is apps on appstore where many apps have updates every week and some even have several updates in one week.

      • Iskren Donev

        Yep, that’s pretty much what I am saying. The two factors that are in play here are:
        – historically the Holiday quarter is by far the most profitable quarter for Apple (traditionally the new devices come with new software)
        – for over a decade now Apple has trained us to expect a new major version of iOS (and more recently a major version of every OS) every year.

        If they break any of the two cycles described above Wall Street will lose their heads and the Apple stock will take a hit.

        So Apple has basically backed itself into a corner – they have trained us to expect a new OS every year and they will have to deliver. It’s kind of a lose-lose situation for them: you release a stable version of iOS with only minor refinements and people go “boring”; you release a more groundbreaking OS and people go “buggy/gimmicky”.

        That’s definitely a problem that Apple will need to resolve since they are bound to slip up big time eventually if they are pressured into releasing software every year.

    • TechnoBuff

      I agree.
      Funny how people make excuses for Apple about running out of time. This is not a startup for goodness sake! Excuses about running out of time and improvements are for small companies.
      This is the largest company in the world by market cap. They are supposed to have product plans for the next decade in play already. Seriously!!!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Looks like it’s been fixed in 11.1

  • Rechain

    Good, hope they fix it. But also using Assistive Touch shortcuts to that already on iOS 11