Game-changing: Apple might be working on an iPhone home button that doubles as a gaming joystick


One of the more recent patent applications that Apple filed in the USPTO will surely raise a few eyebrows, but avid iOS gamers might get moderately excited. It looks Cupertinians have been looking into improving the way you play games on your iPhones, as they are seemingly exploring the possibility to endow the home button with joystick functions. 

No, we are not joking, we promise! According to the accompanying patent images, the home button will slightly emerge from its standard position and allow gamers to use it as an additional input controller. The patent description is quite vague, but it's hinted that this home button/gaming joystick hardware crossover will provide almost the same functionality as a regular gamepad. 

The advantages of this joystick home button are clear - your finger(s) will no longer cover and hide a large part of the screen, which will surely allow game developers to unleash their imagination and create mobile games with better interfaces. A few drawbacks to this possible future hardware design can be seen as well - we don't know how the home button will go up from its default position, but more moving parts exponentially increase the chance of damage to the home button itself.

The patent application has been filed back in Q3 2013, thus we might speculate that Apple has had more than enough time to further work on this intriguing home button design. Who knows, it might grace one of the next iPhone iterations.

What do you think, yay or nay? Drop a line below!


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49 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow! Bravo!

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

/s ?

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, that's what the gif says. :) Doesn't it?

2. Aliagha

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

That would be awesome Is it official ? But i acctually prefer joysticks Like s console or nVidia shield gaming tablet But s console is way better

3. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

So basically that means that huge bezel part below the screen will stay for a while?

17. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

No, it will get bigger!!!!

21. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lol, a bezel hater

26. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Yep, theres a saying for this....what is it now.....ummmm......oh yeah!! Get over it!

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I like bezels, without them i would be touching the screen all the time and pressing crap.

4. teenaxta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

here's the thing, apple will perfect it and then they'll patent it...and will never ship it to the market....apple invests in R&D so that they can get patents and sue others!

5. Ghost04

Posts: 519; Member since: May 03, 2014

Will look like a 5 year old kids toy . A phone should look like a phone .

22. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

it IS a toy!! Dont u get it now!?!?!?

29. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Shut up. you're just a hater. Did you say that when Samsun announced the note edge? cause that doesn't look like a phone

43. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The Xperia Play however was a good looking phone at the time (though it was very fat)...

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

This is just gay and it's going to break after a year.

23. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

xactly what apple wants

45. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Well an working iPhone 4 from 2010 makes me think that Apple makes their devices last a lot and they don't want them to break after a year - that would make people dissatisfied.

49. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

and the screen?

30. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Pretty sure the fingerprint scanner is still working quite dandy

36. sanchesyoo

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Which is when you apple fans will go buy your next new iPhone... Just because thats how it is for Apple users.

44. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

thats what happens when a phone holds its value.. i can sell it almost a year and a half later and afford to upgrade. can't say much for an android phone that sells for 80% less than the initial purchase price

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

U wot M8

9. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I had a similar thought after I bought my first PSP waaay back in...2005? Could've worked for apple!

24. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hey i liked the psp joystick too

10. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Thats a nice idea, but looking at my joypads i wonder, how long can such a small stick survive? I guess we will never see it in real life.

11. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

You don't need a joystick when you have a touch screen. Besides joysticks are only useful in certain types of games. This is pointless.

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The joystick is "only useful in certain types of games" because the smartphone is so terrible at games, that the genres have been all culled down to a handful of swipe based games: AKA shovelware.

19. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Perhaps they will introduce new gestures using this stick of joy?

13. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Because iphone 6 protruding camera isn't enough, they decide to make protruding home button as well.

28. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Xiaomi will take note of this tech and blatantly copy it. Trust me. Bookmark this page for future reference.

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