Apple unveils iPhone X home button add-on with Touch ID and headphone jack

Apple is about to release something that people have been clamoring for ever since the first wave of iPhone X leaks last year – a physical home button! What’s more, the new home button add-on will also have Touch ID, which is sure to appease those who dislike Apple’s face unlock tech.

Measuring in at 29 mm × 30 mm × 3.9 mm (1.1 in × 1.18 in × 0.1 in), the home button add-on for the iPhone X is about the size of a 4th gen iPod Shuffle (remember those?). However, unlike the Shuffle, it’s not built from aluminum, but the glossy, white plastic that Apple uses in all its power cables and accessories. The only exception is the button itself, which is covered in glass.

The iPhone X home button add-on plugs into the Lightning port of your iPhone X, but fret not, as it has a Lightning port of its own and a 3.5mm headphone jack to boot!

So, if you’re tired of Face ID, you can simply go back to the good ol’ days of unlocking your iPhone with your thumb. And not only that, but you can also go back to the good ol’ days of listening to music from your good ol’ wired headphones while charging your iPhone the good ol’ wired way! Ain’t cables just great?

Other than that, the iPhone X home button add-on works exactly like physical home buttons of yore. That is, you can hold the button to bring up Siri, double tap it to bring up your recent apps, or press it once to go to the home screen. Support for the home button add-on has been introduced in iOS 11.3.

The iPhone X physical home button add-on will hit store shelves in May, priced at $69.99.

source: Apple

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1. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Happy Fool's Day :)

4. tangbunna

Posts: 484; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

I wish it is legit by apple. but you can get a real deal here from china made

17. Wolf_Blitza

Posts: 64; Member since: May 30, 2014

Just watched it, it's crazy how this April's Fools joke actually isn't a joke, it's a real accessory. It's also funny how he happy he is to have a home button again, and to charge and plug in headphones at the same time.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

A button already came out that looks just like this. However the button didn't have TouchID. Everything else worked, but there was no Finger print scanner. That would mean that Apple lost faith in their FaceID, even though it is slower and not as reliable as TouchID. Apple never likes to admit anything wrong.

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

PA could have done better this time... This is too obvious....lolzz

21. AxelFoley unregistered

And just think, Phonearena could report these stories outside of April Fools day, everyday and all day and you'd be all for it. I guess it's good spotting conspiracy theories when they are "too obvious". 1. piyath (Posts: 1821; Member since: 23 Mar 2012) Those so called conspiracy theories are also someone's feelings and ideas. If there is a democracy non of those videos must be censored no matter what. Who is YouTube to decide what is and what is not a conspiracy theory??? They can do that only when they get politicized just like CNN. Media must not interfere with decision making for people, they just have to report. Their slogan should be "we report you decide". NOT "we report and we decide". So pathetic.

19. endlessz

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Did you edit your comment? Pretty sure I saw you commented "Nice One :)" instead of "Happy Fool's Day :)"

33. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Actually I won't surprised if they actually sell it. Many people would still buy it just because of the Apple logo

2. endlessz

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Happy April Fools day :)


Posts: 442; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I know this is a joke

5. onlinejobwork unregistered

Who cares even if is it , to0 low tech and ordinary joke disqualified for April Fool, Fool

11. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

I think the problem lies with your lack of a sense of humour....

6. brasstax

Posts: 544; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

A greater April Fool joke would be if this is true and isheeps bent down further and paid $70 for this glossy plastic piece of sh*t.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


8. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Even though this story itself is an April Fool's joke, someone has actually made a button accessory for the X:

12. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

A better April fools joke would have been Android phones adapting original design and getting software updates on time LOLOLOL. I'm sorry, I just had too.

13. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

You are about to start a war lol

16. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOL Thanos can wait, someone summon the Avengers, they will be needed soon.

42. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Save half the world from extinction or save the world from a civil war among fanboys? Man the avengers will have a tough time choosing

47. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Wow. Could you two be any cornier?

20. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Thing is, the even the older Android versions are better than the latest IOS versions "LOLOLOL"

32. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awwww how cute.

35. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

At least when we do get our update we don't have to have update after update after update after update after update after update and after update to fix the last update, lol

51. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I know right, who wants continuous support?

52. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Yeah and who wants big updates that continuously mess up phones so that lots of little updates are needed right? Anyways it doesn't change the truth ios11 has finally caught up to Android features that they had for the last few years.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

This is actually a real product.

18. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ha ha good One.

22. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 83; Member since: May 02, 2017

Apple has been fooling fans for years.

23. tallmatt81

Posts: 71; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

APPLE my ass... They do what they do best which is STEAL a product that another company made and puts the APPLE branding on to sell it for 4 times the cost

24. gws898

Posts: 24; Member since: May 31, 2013

Jokes on you PA!

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