iPhone 7 Solid State Home Button Only Works With a Capacitive Touch – What Does This Mean?

Omar Sohail
Posted Sep 17, 2016
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The solid state home button present on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might not deliver the actual tactile feedback compared to its predecessors, and there are other things that you should concern yourself with if you’re going to be making a purchase of the smartphone.

Apple Has Not Implemented Pressure-Sensing Hardware – iPhone 7 Home Button Might Not Be Able to Detect Gloved Users

The discovery was first made by Twitter user Myke Hurley, and the details that have come forth summarize that the new iPhone’s Touch ID home button is inoperable unless it makes contact with a conductive object, which in this case would be a user’s thumb. In short, Apple has not implemented pressure-sensing hardware as part of the home button component. Instead, users of both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are going to have to rely upon the capacitive sensing surrounding Touch ID.

In short, it will function like the display of the smartphone, responding only to capacitive touches, which means that users who are wearing gloves might not be able to navigate through the smartphone unless physically making contact with the component. However, the problem can be eradicated through the purchasing of capacitive gloves. Unfortunately, it will require consumers to make yet another purchase on their part and with winters approaching, gloved users are going to be in the thousands operating Apple’s latest iPhone family.

Even with unlocking the iPhone 7 and its larger screen counterpart, the home button will require a capacitive touch. Perhaps the new approach from Apple didn’t exactly turn out in its favor. However, it is considered to be a major change in the smartphone lineup, and is powered by Apple’s Taptic Engine haptic feedback mechanism, which works to simulate a button press.

Are you encountering the exact same issue on your iPhone 7? Tell us your thoughts right away.

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