The new Home button on the iPhone 7 won't work if you're wearing gloves

The new Home button on the iPhone 7 won't work if you're wearing gloves
Apple's iPhone 7 is currently the hottest phone on the market. After months upon months of rumors, leaks, and photos, Apple finally took the official wraps off of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus earlier last week. The handset has been the talk of the town ever since its announcement, and that comes with some pretty good reasoning. Although the iPhone 7 might not be the most revolutionary upgrade to the iPhone line that we've ever seen, there are still plenty of new things here worth talking about - most notably, the handset's new Home button. Apple made the decision to replace the physical Home button with a sheet of glass that's actually not a button at all. The new 'button' uses Apple's own Taptic Engine to provide feedback when it's pressed, and it's certainly one of the most interesting aspects about the phone.

While the new button does get the advantage of being more customizable than one's we've had in the past, now that users are finally getting their hands on the iPhone 7, it looks like there's a bit of an issue surrounding the technology around the all new Home button. Thanks to a post from Myke Hurley on Twitter, it would appear that the new Home button on the iPhone 7 is only activated when it comes into contact with skin. Hurley tried placing a t-shirt of his over the new button and pressing it, and was met with no response from the iPhone 7 at all.

Right off the bat, you might not think that this is an issue at all. However, winter is right around the corner, and that means that we're all going to be wearing gloves when we're out and about as the cold weather begins to strike down. And, with gloves on, the skin on our fingers will be covered. As a result of this, we won't be able to use the Home button while wearing gloves. You already couldn't use Touch ID if wearing gloves or had anything else that was covering your finger, but since the entire button is now nonfunctional when your skin isn't making direct contact with it, that means you won't be able to back out of an app and go to your home screen if you're wearing gloves while using the iPhone 7. The first solution that might come to mind is to use capacitive gloves that allow you to interact with the touchscreen of your smartphone, but even these look to be failing for most people out there.

As annoying as this could prove to be, it's far from a deal-breaker. Apple has implemented a lot of new functionality with the lock screen for iOS 10, so not being able to use your iPhone 7's Home button while wearing gloves shouldn't prove to be that big of an issue. However, it is a bit annoying to see the Home button handicapped like this with winter just around the corner.

Try not to be too alarmed if you see a lot of folks pressing their Home button with their nose throughout the coming months.

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1. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014


3. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016


11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

.....Meh! No glove sensitivity. It'll be unpleasant during winter, and it's the latest in the series of unnecessary complications and inconveniences in the iPhones. SMH

34. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

This is no problem at all. That's why you have the wake button or you can just pick up the phone to glance at notifications. This is the only you we're capable of doing before the iPhone with the home button using gloves and still can.

64. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

First world problems...

69. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and... "winter is coming"

18. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Meh. I don't see how this is an issue. While being operated with gloves is quite nice and welcome, it actually doesn't make any difference as the home button could only be used to check notifications anyway as u couldn't operate the iphone fully with gloves on. Now if just checking notifications is your problem, then u can always do it with the power button. Easy Point being that, the home button was only used to check notifications (with gloves) which u can also do with the power button, and nothing else. The iphone (current and past gen) can't be operated with gloves, so even after checking your notifications (which u can equally do with your power button), you'd still need to pull your gloves to operate the phone either ways. A situation the iphone users have never complained about.

27. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You just said everything that I was about to say. They also completely forgot about raise to wake. Tech media is looking hard for a gate. They are still depressed above the note and want to even the score.

46. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Raise to wake isn't anything new, I've had that since the original Moto X, and that's a 3 year old device.

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They are not looking for a gate. They simply gave u facts and you dont like them Anything you see as negative to the iPhone and you all in defense mode. This grasping for gate straws. The buttom dowsnt work with gloves so tbeybare just telling you. What else is new. Capacitive screens don't work with gloves on either. So what happens when you make a button this way? Hey Apple, everyone in the USA doesn't live in Sunny California. YOU GUYS ARE STUPID ANS SO ARE THEIR STUPID GIGH IS HAVING FANS.

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013


32. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1345; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

"Right off the bat, you might not think that this is an issue at all." "Meh. I don't see how this is an issue." Typical response every time Apple messes something up. Both Apple and their user base claim it's a non issue and that eveything is right in the world. People should have the testicular fortitude to admit that Apple screwed up instead of defending them. I'm glad the article does chastise them a little.

38. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Reeeallly? so the home button is just to check notifications... so why even have a home button? what a retard

45. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Ive operated my 6p with my gloves on. And that was entering my security pattern, opening the dialer app, and making a call. And these were lined leather gloves. Granted the touch accuracy wasn't as good as ungloved, but I was still able to make a call without removing them.

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Did you buy gloves with the regular fingers or the special fingers so you can operate a phone. Because capacitive screens dont work with gloves on. I have an iPhone and gloves without the touchpad don't work. Either your touchpad is woven into the material or....

61. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Some Phones with capacitive touch screen do work with gloves on. The first time i saw them was in Lumia 920, called super sensitive touch screen. I believe Samsung phones also comes with similar tech? (not sure)

66. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

No, they're plain old leather gloves. I'm assuming the or..... is that you think I'm making it up. Well, think it if you want, I don't give 2 $hit$ if you believe me or not. I know it worked.

47. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'm pretty sure a lot of people use the home button to start Siri. Even with their gloves on.

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not anymore

48. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not a problem? Where do love? Oh wait, its obviously not Chicago. When we have below zero weather, the last thing you want to do is remove gloves. A stupid useless senseless change. Whether its adeal breaker or not, it doesn't make it any less stupid. A hissing, buggy, nuttiness, scratchy mess of a phone.

65. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Who on earth gonna use phone with fkin gloves

2. Subie

Posts: 2416; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Last line in the article made me laugh. That would be pretty funny to see!

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

My biggest issue is the fact that the screen doesn't work with gloves like the samsung and other phones does. Answering a phone call with your gloves, half of the planet with proper winter will understand it. Its a super useful feature that's been missing on an iPhone for 3-4 years now.

17. Unordinary unregistered

My iPhone works great with gloves :)

39. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

So did mine, with these cheapo gloves:

40. Unordinary unregistered

So are nicely priced

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Those gloves have Regular gloves have never qorled with capacitive touchscreen devices...ever! Only resistive displays do. If your gloves work they must have touchpad. Any idiot who states their gloves work and dont disclose those gloves have touchpad, are intentionally being deceitful.

67. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

On iPhone only mate , many other phones do work including the note 7


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Time for innovation. Tim Cook takes the stage to make room.. We removed the front facing camera to add a iris scanner. Drops mic some fanboys go nuts Samsung fans shaking heads.

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I wonder why Apple is missing this one feature. I used to have this feature when I had a Lumia.

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