Here is one likely reason why Apple removed the physical Home button in the iPhone 7

Apple has removed one of the hallmark features of the iPhone in the latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and no, we're not even talking about the audio jack. The physical home key, one of the most recognizable elements of an iPhone, is no longer there, at least not in the form it used to be...
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114. Unordinary unregistered

I really wanted a Nexus. Ill probably get the new Pixel phone

90. AlikMalix unregistered

FF, I have only seen broken home buttons on cracked iPhone screens and not all cracked screens - it extremely rare - I own and my friends own and my employees own iPhones - all range between iPhone 4, iPads, and up to iPhone 6s - NO ONE HAS A BROKEN HOME BUTTON. I've seen more unresponsive android devices (more specifically Samsung) than I have seen cracked screens on iPhones, let alone broken home buttons. Only one of my employees was using the floating software home button because half of his phone screen is missing - yet still works!!! LOL.

95. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

I actually never experienced broken home button from iphone 5S.. They all always worked..

121. filuci

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

In Asia, I have seen 40% of old iphones without working home buttons. Should we cry foul that Apple supplies second grade in Asia? I think, these home buttons are not designed to be robust in Asia's hot and humid weather. The frail home buttons is also one of the major reasons that people prefer Android phones, over luxury items that expire in 2 years. My own 5s has a busted home button and I wont be wasting money that can get me new phone for fixing a button.

98. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol the guy using android is pointing fingers at iOS lag. I've heard it all today.

104. TerryTerius unregistered

Pretty sure he said *iPhones*, as in he's had multiple. Not a singular phone.

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

"many users are complaining that it just does not feel as good as before" - I don't know anyone who has an iPhone 7 to be complaining about it! Where did all these "many" people get them from? :D

7. kiko007

Posts: 7463; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

His overly stimulated imagination.......

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Many have complained about it, just like how yhey complained about removal of 3.5mm jack. Do you know all iPhone users in the world?

12. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

What are you talking about - most people on the planet who are getting an iPhone 7 don't have it yet as it's not out until Friday. People complained about the removal of the 3.5mm jack because we know what that involves - people aren't complaining about the button not feeling as good because most haven't had the opportunity to try it! "many people" don't have the phone unless you work for Apple or have a press sample.

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

See what I told you; cannot even pin your tongue for a moment and think before posting. Dumb!!! iPhone 7 hasen't even released to average users.......

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

See post #16

39. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I already read it before I posted comment 22. You better read my reply to post 16 to know how victor H was partly wrong. Jimrod has also pointed out the same mistake. But not an issue, all humans do mistakes.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The PA lies. I've only need reviewers with dummy models. So yeah who are these people.

13. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Exactly. I can fully understand that the new button may be an issue, and that many people won't like it as much - but it's being made out to be masses of people unhappy with the feeling of a button they can't possibly have pressed yet!

16. Victor.H

Posts: 1026; Member since: May 27, 2011

What I refer to here is the many reviews that were published today, where most reviewers agree that the new button does not feature as much travel as before and ultimately does not feel as good. Unfortunately (and despite common sentiment in comments), we don't get any devices from Apple. We buy them and only then can review them, so you can see more in-depth impressions on this when we publish our review (hopefully in a few days).

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Victor, but writing it as 'many' does not clarify if you are talking about average users or the few lucky ones who got a chance to try out the new iPhones!

106. TerryTerius unregistered

Anecdotal evidence doesn't mean anything. I don't personally know someone that owns a Rolls Royce, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist.

109. Ultimodrew

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

A couple tech columnists from sites like Pocketnow and CNET made these comments. So apparently that means that the whole world will feel the exact same way. No one but people with review units have really had any real time with the phone yet, to make that kind of opinion.

9. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

They cant do it right with IP67 rating haha

15. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

The funny thing will be if samsung decided to remove physical home button from their phones after all this years just to copy apple.

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Samsung will need force touch to do the same as apple.

43. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Do you think Apple invented force touch? The only 'tech' purely Apple are the ideas, design of the phone and their A series chip design. Everything else is outsourced. Those touchID sensors are just the synaptics sensors everyone else is using. Same will happen with force touch. Any OEM can buy and license the tech from the manufacturer who is supplying that to Apple. The issue however is that no one wants that. 3D touch was overhyped and fell flat on its face. And about the force touch trackpad, it works so well because the taptic engine was directly below the trackpad on the macbooks. On the iPhone however, the whole bottom vibrates which is not a great feeling according to theverge review that just went live.

54. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Sarcastic nerd you misunderstood me. I never said apple invented force touch. Was just saying that to have a 3d touch home button just like apple, samsung would first need a taptic engine and possibly force touch too. And want to clarify that 3d touch is not useless for everyone. It makes using iPhones easier for many people, including me. So calm down nerd, I don't want to argue with you.

68. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Every phone has a taptic engine. And as I said, Huawei has already integrated one in its phones. So shouldn't be very hard for Samsung to do it if they want.

73. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I hope so.

64. sissy246

Posts: 6956; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Samsung had captive buttons long before Apple.

111. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Read the article we are talking about home button here.

19. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

This is literally the dumbest thing I've ever seen millions of people do lol

30. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I am one of them, but calling us dumb won't be correct, since the pain is real. You see the home button can actually get damaged if used extensively, and can seriously degrade the resale value of any iPhone. Therefore using assistive touch is a smart decision.

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