My RSI Pain And The Assistive Touch Experiment On My iPhone

To be fair the pain started months ago. The sharp pain from the elbow down the side of my arm to my pinky. My thumb emitting sharp pains. I work more than 8 hours a day behind a computer so it really makes sense that I’m now having RSI/Carpel Tunnel issues. But since getting the iPhone XS Max it has gotten worse. Using my dominant hand to flick from the bottom of the screen every time I want to change an app has really taken its toll. To be fair the location has not changed. I always needed to go to the bottom of the phone and press the home button. With the Max being physically smaller than the Plus I was surprised to have this problem. But now it’s making sense for me. It’s all in the flicking motion. With the home indicator now being on the new iPhones you have to flick up from the bottom. This is now happening multiple times a day. Multiple times an hour. Multiple times a minute in many cases. This repetitive motion is really making my RSI worse. All hope is not lost however.

Apple is known for making all of their prodcucts accessible. Most people believe this is for people with disabilities which is true. However, What many people do not point out is the fact that these tools are also very helpful to people with new disabilities like say, RSI. Assistive Touch is a feature that simulates a home button on the screen of an iPhone. This virtual home button can be moved around. Better yet, it can be customized to fit many different needs. So this leads me to my experiment. For one month, I am going to document what it’s like to use Assitive Touch full time. I am going to do this in a 4 part series where I will document if I like the feature and most importantly, has it helped me with my RSI.

Finally I will leave this post with a little fun pros and cons of what I think it’s like before I actually use it full time. When I revisit this at the end of the month I am curious to see if these issues are actually issues or something I was misguided on.

Pros of Assistive Touch:

-RSI pain reduced? -Home button anywhere -Notifications/and more accessible via virtual home button

Cons of Assistive Touch

-Home button covers content -getting used to a always moving home button -Re-learning my habits of swiping

As you can see, I’m pretty split on if this is going to help me or not.

JohnDGardiner @Johndgardiner