What if your iPhone 7's capacitive Home button fails? Use a virtual Home button!
posted by Luis D. / Oct 16, 2016, 4:57 AM
That's what happened to a MacRumors forum member, and it may be bound to happen to anyone at some point. After all, no piece of technology is 100% break-proof, and although the haptic engine-based Home button is sturdier than the mechanical one of past iPhones due to the absence of moving parts, it's not guaranteed to work forever.
At least the iPhone is smart enough to let you know that there's a problem and offer an alternative until you bring it in for service. Now that you know about this, you won't be startled by the eventual appearance of this message and you'll know what you have to do.
Hopefully, the iPhone 7's capacitive Home button isn't prone to failure by nature and there won't be a mass epidemy of iPhone 7 units with on-screen virtual keys – which is a workable, but certainly not as elegant solution.
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Noe a days Apple follows Android foot steps
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 5:09 AM 5
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Oh boy! More problems! The number 7 is definitely not a good number.
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 5:22 AM 13
Where in the article did it say people's home buttons were breaking or not working? This is just reporting on a feature that allows you to use your phone IF the home button fails.
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 5:51 AM 11
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They may as well have said "people" because it's just a matter of time. This phone has only been available for a short time and these things don't happen just once. Capacitive buttons are just another component waiting to fail, so using on-screen buttons eliminates that problem.
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 8:51 AM 4
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It being a capacitive button doesn't make it more or less reliable than a physical button. If anything, the physical buttons used for home buttons are more likely to fail. This isn't the next exploding Note 7 issue, so there's certainly no reason to overreact.
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 10:46 AM 0
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No one is overreacting. You still can't deny that on-screen buttons are way more reliable than any physical or capacitive button. However...I do like the idea of a physical slide switch that completely disconnects the battery from the rest of the phone in cases of when the battery cannot be removed - which in my opinion should become a standard.
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 11:05 AM 1
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hahaha apple doesnot trust its capacitive buttons what a shame
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 5:28 AM 10
Ever heard of fool proofing? This is what it is.
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 5:50 AM 3
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@Nopers Yes, the on-screen navigation keys of the iPhone 7 is for fool-proofing. But, the first sentence of the second paragraph in this article clearly stated that the capacitive button of the iPhone 7 has apparently failed on a user at MacRumours. If indeed true, then the iPhone 7's capacitive button might have already begun failing this early, which isn't good.
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 10:52 AM 2
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Nifty, that said I've never really heard of a physical home button on any phone 'breaking' heck in many drop tests, physical buttons seem to be the last to go, for their home click, sensors in them (fingerprint) I've seen go before due to surface of button being ruined but other then that...
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 5:43 AM 0
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Apple thought to keep the old button as well , because they knew the new home button is just an apple gimmick to sell the new phone . So now that 100 have been sold they will just take away the new apple gimmick Here http://techpathy.com/5-reasons-not-to-buy-the-iphone-7/ folks can read 5 REASONS NOT TO BUY THE IPHONE 7
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 9:20 AM 0
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its called fool proofing and its not a capacitive button, its a force touch enabled touch id button. capacitive reacts on touch,but force touch on pressure. the benefit of that is so you don't accidental invoke the home button while holding the phone, pretty smart if you think about it.
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 1:52 PM 0
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Seems Apple already knew about this. The capacitive Home buttons will likely fail around the time 24 months have past, so that you are forced to by a new iphone.
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 5:40 AM 9
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Of course. Buttons on my 4S, 5 and now SE never had any problems. iPad Air as well, so what, am I lucky that they all work perfectly after so many years?
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 7:47 AM 3
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