Anyone else wish Apple would ditch the home button?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iSensei, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2012
    Pretty useless IMO and it could look sleeker and sexier with a touch home button don't you think?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
  3. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010

    iPhone 4 home button doesn't work well at all.

    Also would be Ive's dream. Just a single sheet of glass.
  4. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Once they figure how to never let the virtual home button sense a false signal.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    moldy lunchbox

    Sep 9, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
  6. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    No. I like it.

    Can't stand using those new Nexus Androids because of that button, or the lack thereof. Sure, it's not a big deal but its annoying when you're trying to go home and it won't register. Or you accidentally press it and go where you don't want.

    If they're going to move the proximity sensor, camera, and speakergrill somewhere else, then sure it might look nice without the home button. But just taking out only the home botton, its pointless.
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2012
    I've pressed it so many times while typing or browsing the web, etc. it would be nice if they did some sort of biometric touch home button...
  8. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    I like the Home button. I used a Galaxy Nexus 7 for a bit which doesn't have the button and I found it annoying.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2012
    When I switched from the S3 to iPhone I really missed the Back touch botton and the menu touch buttom on the right.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    I haven't used a phone or tablet without a home button. How does Android deal with it?

    Pardon my ignorance, but say Apple ditches the Home button and keep the OS the same, how would a virtual Home button work? How does the OS tells the difference between a Home button push and a click on an app screen that happens to be where the virtual Home button is?
  12. macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2012
    A virtual home button would draw current from the battery whereas a physical doesn't. I'm ok with the current design.
  13. macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2012
    just make the sleep wake button the home button, press and hold to sleep press to wake up three presses to search


    add a swipe gesture to open the app tray and a couple other easy gestures and voila no home button and still easy to use iphone
  14. AFDoc, Dec 27, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012

    macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    Then it seems YOU'RE the one with the issue as in normal use there should be no reason you "accidently" touch the home button.

    I think it would be a mistake to get rid of it.

    What? Why is it so annoying to have to push a button? You would have to "tap" a virtual button or do the gesture so what's the difference?
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2008
    I would absolutely love an iPhone without a physical home button. It's the most-pressed button and you need to press in quick succession sometimes - which makes it pretty annoying sometimes. Go virtual or replace it with on-screen gestures/actions!
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2010
    New York
    iPhone needs to stay dummied down to the soccer moms, elderly and people that aren't tech savvy. A simple button press get you back "home" that was always Apples intentions and it will stay that way to appeal to the masses. God forbid you have to think how to figure out how to get "home" :rolleyes:
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    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I love that I can push the home button and swipe the lock screen all while removing the phone from my pocket. By the time my eyes are on the phone, it's ready to go.

    I really don't see how a virtual button can do anything but worsen my iPhone experience.

    Yes, it's a cool trick to minimize apps on the iPad with a 4-finger pinch, but I find it only works 75% of the time. It's a party trick, not a real tool. The home button does what it's supposed to and doesn't flake out on you like all these funny little gestures.

    Keep the home button.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    I think it's insulting to say that "the iPhone needs to stay dummied down" for a group of people.

    I would consider my self tech savvy. I write codes for a living, from Nintendo Gameboy to the latest gadgets.

    The thing is, I believe technology exists to serve human, not the other way around. Our brain works certain way, and a lot of time simpler is better. Sure, I can learn to perform a complicated gesture to perform certain action, often time it's not better than a simpler action that at first seems to be the longer way to get thing done. That's why toasters are simple and people like them.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    Yes, or at least make it smaller like the one on ipad mini... What a waste of space the home button is
  20. macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Sure, right after we ditch the escape key on all keyboards. :confused:
  21. macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2011
    I could go either way. Doesn't bother me much, my previous phone recently was a galaxy s3 and I liked the combination of both the home button and touchscreen back buttons, but those also Become problematic
  22. macrumors 65816

    Jun 16, 2009
    I don't mind it. What I didn't like was them craping out rather quickly, but now with the metal bracket used in the iphone 5 it will last a while. From what I understand the ipad has always had the metal reinforced home button. I use gestures on my ipad most of the time anyway.
  23. macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2012
    Gestures on the iPad are dope.

    Not a party trick.
  24. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    They're ok. But they're no home button.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2012
    No, but I wish they'd ditch the mute button. It's useless and just one more tiny piece that can break over time.

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