iOS 10.2 brings a much needed edit to this shortcut. As you know starting with iOS 10 the Widgets View has been revamped. It comes in the same menu with Notification Center. The two are each represented on a different card and you can switch between them by sliding left or right, depending on the situation. Starting with this iteration the Swipe-Down gesture from the iPhone status bar doesn’t bring up the Notification Center by default, it unveils the last used card instead!
Swipe-Down For Notification Center or Widgets View
This means that your iOS device will remember which of the two cards you’ve used last and display it when you slide your finger down from the top of the screen. This adds to the importance of the Widgets Screen, a feature that Apple has strongly emphasized in iOS 10. They’ve introduced widgets for most stock apps like: Activity, Favorites, Music, Photos, Siri App Suggestions, Videos (in iOS 10.2) & more.
Widgets view was, prior to this release, only directly accessible from the Lock Screen, with the help of a right-slide. Else, you always had to swipe-down for Notification Center and then slide-right for the glances.
Tip: The feature even memorizes the scroll position of the last time you used the Widgets Screen and displays exactly the last viewed glances when swiping down for Widgets!
Fact: iOS 10.2 is currently in its early Beta testing stages. We’re not sure yet if Apple is decided to maintain this change for the public release, or is testing the user’s reaction first before final implementation. We will keep you posted.