With the lack of a home button, is the iPhone X actually becoming a bit too complicated?

Ever since the OG iPhone, the Apple handset has had one signature characteristic — just one button on its front. A very simple concept to get — you've got power and volume off to the side of the phone, just like how it has been since the first cellphone; when it comes to navigating the smartphone's interface, the only hardware button you have is “Home” — everything else is in text and on the screen.

Apple's iPhone user experience has been touted as being simple, straightforward, and pleasurable over the years, and that home button played a huge part in that. Now that it's gone, Apple has moved to a gesture-based UI, and the features it couldn't assign to gestures, it has moved to the power button.

So, now, a single tap on the power button is a sleep / wake, as before; a dual-tap activates Apple Pay; triple-tap will bring up any accessibility options you have enabled. A press-and-hold activates Siri. A power + volume up press takes a screenshot; holding power + volume up will bring up the Power Off prompt.

On the UI side, swiping up from the bottom now acts as pressing the home key; swiping up and holding for a bit activates the Recent Apps menu / carousel; swiping down from the top-right calls out Control Center, while top-middle and top-left bring down the notification shade, like before.

That's a whole lot of changes to the iOS user experience. Sure, one can learn to use them, but the amount of time your regular, 2-year-cycle upgrade person would need to research this seems very... in-Apple-ish. A lot of stuff has been switched around because of the new hardware, and we can't help but wonder if some issues might have been solved by just making an area of the screen always act like a home button. Apple has a pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display, why not have the lower center of it be a virtual home button like Samsung did with the Galaxy S9?

What's your take on this?

Is the iPhone X's UI too complicated now?

Nah, it's within reasonable limits
It's getting a bit confusing, but I believe people / I will get used to it
Yup. I have no idea what's where anymore

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  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



3. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

At least my Galaxy has a pressure home button on the bottom screen. No need to swipe up just to get to the home screen.

19. tntwit

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

True, but depending on the app, you need to swipe up to get the home button to appear, creating 2 steps. It's okay, but a little funky, probably okay once you are used to it.

34. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

you missed his point. The button can ALWAYS be actively pressed to go back home without swiping up. So it's literally as simple as a press.

61. AxelFoley unregistered

ummm...you can choose to leave it there permanently.

84. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I think it's always there

99. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

It is ALWAYS there even if the navigation bar is hidden by the app on my Note 8. It's a pressure sensitive home button...

101. iampun33t

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Its a pressure sensitive part on the bottom of the screen which acts as an always on home button, which is invisible but takes you home when you press it.

109. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

False. The onscreen button on the Galaxy S8/Note 8 can be made to disappear or you can dock it to stay on the screen at all times. But also, even if you don't see the home button, a simple press will always take you home. Whether the navi is visible or not. Its removal of home button done correctly, so that people who do it this way, still can. Apple ruin the iPhone X by removing the touch gesture and replacing it with a swipe gesture, which does 2 things and it will be easy to accidentally do one unintentionally. While people talk about accidental touch on the Galaxy with curved glass, Apple UI gestures all easily can be accidentally activated by trying to do something else. Yet fans say nothing. It was a poor though out compromise. You should actually use a phone, before you try to talk about it.

56. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes Samsung has better implemented removal of home button then apple. Apple already have 3D touch in there phone they should have gone same way.

108. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

No they should not. Just because apple does it, doesn't mean everyone else should. The reason you don't need force touch hardware, because the functions (at least the way Apple implemented it) can be done in software and has been done this way. The Galaxy S4 had similar features, without using an overprice useless hardware version. All these usual trolls making new accounts. lol

111. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I think he meant that as the iPhone already has the 3D touch, they should have taken advantage of the hardware and create a 3D touch gesture to act as show button... Not that Samsung should do as Apple

116. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes, i meant apple already have the tech so they should have used it like samsung not Samsung or any other company should follow apple but he is so dumb to understand that.

114. noles22

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Whoopie, I guess that makes it so much better, LMAO! They're both good, its a preference thing.

6. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

There are too many gestures now to replace a button. There needs to be atlesst a software button.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I don't care what anyone says, that swipe at the bottom to switch apps gesture is really neat. The transition animations are so much cleaner than what I've seen from any iPhone to date as well, nice to see them embrace a different way to navigate.

10. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

That one I kinda like. Still need to see more hands on and how the apps will deal with the notch. I like the screen size of my plus which still comes out bigger I believe.

110. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Theer are plenty of videos on YT by Chris Pirillo talking about how the notch will effect apps. Its pretty simple, Now that the iPhone X doesn't have a forehead and chin, that now means most apps won't look right on the iPhone X, because only the most popular ones will be upadted. The app store has 3M apps and the vast majority will NEVER be updated. Which is why Apple is making MOST of them not work under iOS 11 because the dev will either need to update the UI or the app will create a terrible UX experience. It should only take one bad app,that doesn't work properly with the iPhone X design, for you to get a simple idea of how any app not update will act. If you see a car blow a traffic signal and crash, do you need to see it happen more times to get an idea what the end results will be?

26. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What I've seen so far doesn't look super complicated. Maybe a slight learning curve, or just modifying habits. I don't know all the gestures, though.

29. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I've seen a few hands-on vids that gave me a quick run down. Gonna be a while before my Dad can understand how it works... though.

80. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I still find myself sometimes tapping the back button that's no longer there on my Note 8. So many years of doing it one way. I never actually got used to the recents and back buttons being switched on the Axon 7 for the month I used it.

85. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yoy can switch the layout of recent and back button

9. mikehunta727 unregistered

The gestures honestly seem simple enough.. it reminds me a bit of WebOS gestures in a way

21. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

The Nokia N9 had no home buttons easiest phone to use ever !

27. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Very much. Some were clearly lifted from WebOS. WebOS was awesome, so that's a good thing.

12. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yea... it’s going to be hella complicated since most iOS users prefer things simple like the phone and it’s lack of features

14. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

The swipe up is a very intuitive idea plus it allows the phone to utilize the whole screen real estate. I predict that Android P will copy it.

22. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

it's very Meego-esque !

38. Peacetoall unregistered

I hope so and all thanks to blackberry 10 for influencing apple to implement swipe up for home

46. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Hey, isn't that, by Apple's standards, grounds for BlackBerry to sue Apple for the swipe up to home screen gesture? Because it sure aligns with Apple's logic of suing for such generic stuff.

51. Peacetoall unregistered

Yeah I remember how they sued samsung for swipe to unlock.

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