Halo Back smart screen protector for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus adds a physical back button

Halo Back smart screen protector for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus adds a physical back button
If you've ever used an Android smartphone as you primary driver before switching to the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, you're probably wishing that your iPhone featured a back button. 

Although the home button can partially act as a back button, and iOS 8 also comes with a back gesture, a dedicated hardware button is considered by many users to be the simplest and most straightforward way of going back to the previous screen. 

Enter Halo Back, a smart screen protector for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that adds a dedicated back button to the two Apple smartphones. Just in case you're wondering, the button is placed in the lower left corner of the device, which is where the on-screen back button resides on Android smartphones. 

The back button itself is invisible, meaning that there's no awkward design disruption to worry about. Furthermore, you can pose as some sort of iPhone magician in front of your friends, which can be a plus of its own.

If this sounds like a good idea to you, it's probably an even better idea to pledge $17 for a Halo Back smart screen protector on Kickstater. When this unique accessory launches, it will retail at $49. The Halo Back has already raised enough funds on Kickstarter to meet its $20,000 goal, raising over $110,000 by the time this article was published. The manufacturer says that the first Halo Back units will start shipping in August 2015.


source: Kickstarter

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26 Comments

1. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

I find the swipe back gesture nicer tbh. That's just my opinion tho

11. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Back Button is very handy! That's why I couldn't get used to iPhone.

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Same. One of the things that i miss the most when i use iphone

21. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Isnt swipe backwards faster than back button? It is actually one of the things i miss most from ios.

26. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

You got to spend such a hefty amount and still you don't have a back button ? Seriously ? Even windows phones have one ! Heck, even symbian powered nokia phones had one.

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

3. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Not an apple fan by the least, but this is actually a very smart idea and product. Kudos to the creators

5. Bondurant

Posts: 781; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

This is copied from Huawei's "touchplus" accessory been on market since last year.

17. stealthd unregistered

It's not like you're betraying some religion by saying that you know

4. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Deja Vu

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Explosion proof layer?!?!

18. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

lol ikr.

7. carlemillward unregistered

Honor 6 had this already

8. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Im confused dont android phones have the back button on the right not the left like the author stated?

9. rj_78

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You must be samsung user.

10. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Yea note 3 and patirntly waiting on note 5, most android users are samsung users

19. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

all Android phone with on-screen buttons originally has back button on the left. Nexuses come with left back button.

12. Nick1119

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Sounds like like straight up ripoff.

13. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

The iPhone should have a standard back button at that position on its devices from the first place... Especially for a one-handed operated smartphone, it's easier than hitting the "on screen arrow" of each App. Most "on screen back buttons" on the iphone are at the "TOP Left" on the App... Some don't even have an "arrow" , only option is to use Home Button and close the App. I hope Apple uses this 3rd party Dev. and stop them from making money on something Apple can use as one of its mediocre upgrades... I have a iph6 and would love to upgrade to a iph7 if this would be built into the device, like my Android phone. O.o

14. gaming64 unregistered

It doesn't bother me having no back button at all. If you wish to have one, jailbreak your iDevice and install this http://www.iphonehacks.com/2012/04/swipeback-navigate-back-with-a-swipe.html

20. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

man, no, just no. the navigation system in iOS is already great. don't try to make iOS to be more like Android. it's a different OS. i myself currently am an Android user, been desperate to have that swipe-back gesture. and nothing come close to the one on iOS, Xposed framework, etc doesn't have swipe-back as good as the one on iOS. on-screen buttons really kill the look of the device.

16. waddup121 unregistered

dope!

22. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Hope so Apple will learn from it.

23. Android4EveryOne

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 19, 2014

One of the many reasons I don't like iphones is because they have no back button. I think that's super retarted.

25. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

It doesn't need a back button. You can swipe easily from the left inward and it takes you back in any menu or app. Home takes you back home. Very easy and no more difficult than a back button on the Android platform.

24. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I guess there is an app you download, which provides the back functionality? The screen protector doesn't appear to have access to a power source, so it can't function via bluetooth.

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