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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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



115. allblacks_ng

Posts: 7; Member since: May 18, 2016

Face ID is cool but honestly iPhone X is really really OVERPRICED! Need a good protective case to protect it and make sure you own break it.

113. noles22

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Jesus it's a few new things to learn, not rocket science. Grow up or go buy a clamshell.

112. techbuttcheex

Posts: 205; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I’m going to miss the control center at the bottom. But I don’t think it will be too complicated.

106. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Let's face it, this is cool. Very clean, very simple. It's an expensive type of cool though!!

104. MrNobody123

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

I'm certain that the iphoneX will have no lower than 9 grade. Probably 9.3-5. That's for sure. I cant wait to be vindicated.

100. iampun33t

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

But now how will Apple Fanboys argue with Android Fans? Their whole argument of how simple everything on iOS is, by using one button, just went down the drain. Also now how is this the simple and elegant approach which was the whole point of Apple iPhones? These new swipes and hold and double press and triple press is all too complicated which will make users use less features.

98. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I don't think the new gestures are the things that people would worry about when using the iPhone X xD

97. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

iPhone X is the best iPhone, that iSheeps always dreamed for. Nothing special about this phone. It doesn't do anything special, what other phones can't do.

83. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I don't have the phone but like everything else people will get used to it

81. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

the iPhone X is the most Android iPhone there is. That's why I'm getting it! Swipes, gestures, button combinations. Reminds me of my Nova launcher. The thing I wish iOS would do is if you could swipe down in the middle of the screen to pull down the notification shade like Nova Launcher gestures.

76. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i am an android user but i kinda like the gestures based navigation i would like if Samsung copied it somehow in the s9

59. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I like that apple stole the ideer of only gesture control from Nokia....

57. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

I had the Blackberry Z10 back in 2013 I think, and they had the same swipe up gesture to come back on the home page. As much as this phone had its flaws, I have to say that this gesture was extremely intuitive and easily one of the better aspects of the Z10/BB10. So I'm confident it will be as well or even better integrated in the iPhone X.

49. phaneendra_92

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

Wtf evwn phone not yet released how people can say their opinion...

96. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because there are resources showing what the gestures are.

32. monoke

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Notch really. It will take some getting used to.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

More complicated, but not too complicated.

17. palmguy

Posts: 991; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Some many gestures! I need a manual.

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.

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

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: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

8. kiko007

Posts: 7526; 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?

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