3D Touch to turn on screen? Will it happen?

MrXiro

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I'm wondering with the next evolution of the iPhone if they will implement 3D Touch to turn on the screen in the near future. They already have moved the Home button higher up on the glass than the 6. There is nearly no dip anymore, I'm wondering how long before the home button is removed and 3D touch becomes the "Home" button along with Touch ID. This will allow them to shrink the chin and top bezel I bet for the next gen.

They essentially could bring "Wake on 3D Touch" on this gen if they feel like testing it out.
 

MrXiro

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I'm not sure that this is a good idea. Seems like having your phone in your pocket could then turn it on.
Well since it's 3D Touch. It would need more than pressure but actual skin contact like any Capacitive Touch Screen to recognize the input.
 

Trius

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It wouldn't surprise me. I'm so used to it on the watch I often find myself tapping my iPhone screen expecting it to turn on.
 
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haruhiko

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Well since it's 3D Touch. It would need more than pressure but actual skin contact like any Capacitive Touch Screen to recognize the input.
If the phone is in your trousers' pocket and the screen is facing your thigh it's easy for the 'capacitive touch' to register.
 

DynamicSausage

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I must be the only person that DOESN'T want the home button to disappear. While agree that we don't need anymore than one button (many android phones having three) I do believe that at least one is needed to keep it simple and intuitive. Not only that, it's pretty iconic to the iPhone too, I'd probably be more upset about that being taken off than the iPod losing it's click wheel.
 

MrXiro

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I must be the only person that DOESN'T want the home button to disappear. While agree that we don't need anymore than one button (many android phones having three) I do believe that at least one is needed to keep it simple and intuitive. Not only that, it's pretty iconic to the iPhone too, I'd probably be more upset about that being taken off than the iPod losing it's click wheel.
Well it's the only logical thing they can take away to shrink the top and bottom bezel. I guess they could further shrink the button itself (it shrunk for the iPad Mini). But in this day and age and especially for the Plus models the top and bottom bezel need to shrink.
 

jclardy

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I'm not sure that this is a good idea. Seems like having your phone in your pocket could then turn it on.
That would be extremely easy to prevent - you would just not turn on if the proximity sensor is triggered. They already do this to prevent "Hey Siri" while in your pocket.

I think this idea could work especially if they can actually add touch ID to the entire screen.
 

Nanotyrns

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I don't see where using 3D Touch to wake the screen would wear down the battery. The screen wakes for notifications and calls. For notifications, only a few seconds at a time. As for 'waking' constantly in your pocket, wouldn't the same apply to the sleep/wake button? You have just as much chance of mashing that as you do the screen for 3D Touch.
Since Touch ID is now faster than light I think waking with 3D Touch to check notifications would actually be a smoother and much more intuitive way to do it rather than the sleep/wake button. Picking up and gripping the phone puts your thumb right on the screen.
 

JohnApples

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I'm all for getting rid of the home button, so long as I can still use Touch ID somehow of course. 3D Touch to wake up the screen could very well work, and I think it's a good way to offer a secondary option to turn on the screen.

I wonder, though, if they could remove the home button and shrink the bottom bezel, but still have it register 3D Touch despite not actually being part of the screen? That way you can keep all your home-button functions without actually having the physical button.
 

nepalisherpa

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Since the Touch ID is so fast, I think it makes sense to implement 3D Touch to "peek" at the lockscreen.
 

DynamicSausage

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Well it's the only logical thing they can take away to shrink the top and bottom bezel. I guess they could further shrink the button itself (it shrunk for the iPad Mini). But in this day and age and especially for the Plus models the top and bottom bezel need to shrink.
True, but there's still a little take take off each side. Edge to edge display, a considereable amount of the top and a reduced size Touch ID (around 75% the current size) would make a noticeable distance. Time will tell but the next iPhone will be an interesting design change no matter what happens.
 
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