When reading an article on Newsblur for iOS (on an iPhone SE) that is longer than the screen, as the article begins to scroll the elements normally at the top of the display are hidden to maximise the display area. All good so far.
However, because the iPhone status bar containing the clock is hidden, it’s not possible to simply return to the top of the page with the usual simple tap of the clock - ala the well-known iOS shortcut “tap the clock to return to top”.
This means, if I want to return to the previous screen I first have to manually scroll all the way to the top of the story before the top elements reappear which then allows me to return to the previous screen.
I believe it’s not a good design to hide the status bar containing the clock. Hiding the Newsblur elements is sensible but the clock is an important navigation control on iOS and hiding it makes the user journey quite a bit more difficult.
Screenshot from iPhone showing how display appears with top elements hidden.