Double tap Touch ID to multitask

iBlazed

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I wish that apple would let us choose how to utilize the home button now that it's touch enabled. Double pressing the home button for multitask never seemed natural, I think double tapping for multitask would be much better. Currently, all this does is enable "one handed mode", which I never use anyway. I hope apple gives us this choice in a future update.
 

mightyjabba

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Not a bad idea, although Apple generally doesn't like to add too many preferences of this nature. Also, I find that double tapping the button is significantly less likely to work than double pressing (meaning that I often have to do it more than once to get it to register).
 

Hal~9000

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I wish you could tap the home button to wake the phone from sleep :(
 

myscrnnm

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I just wish they would enable a single tap to return to the home screen, in lieu of having to actually press the button.
 

Hal~9000

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Been doing this with jailbreak for the last 10 months.
I assume you mean is Virtual Home on your 5s.

How is the battery drain to have that always enabled? (even when the device is asleep)

Thought about trying it myself but don't want an additional 20% drop in battery life...
 

ShaolinSteez

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I assume you mean is Virtual Home on your 5s.

How is the battery drain to have that always enabled? (even when the device is asleep)

Thought about trying it myself but don't want an additional 20% drop in battery life...
I used Virtual Home on my jailbroken 5s. With it set to always enabled (quick unlock), the drain wasn't too bad at all.
 

AndrewR23

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I assume you mean is Virtual Home on your 5s.

How is the battery drain to have that always enabled? (even when the device is asleep)

Thought about trying it myself but don't want an additional 20% drop in battery life...
I use VH with activator so its not using VH when phone is asleep. A tip someone gave me here. No battery drain at all.
 

Abazigal

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I think it would be a welcome feature, if only for those who are worried about wearing out their home button too quickly.
 

joeblow7777

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I wish you could tap the home button to wake the phone from sleep :(
Not having to push a button to wake the phone would probably lead to people doing it by accident too frequently, and it's not like pushing the button is very difficult or inconvenient.

I know that some people worry about buttons wearing out, but if you break or wear out the buttons on a device just by pressing them with a normal amount of force then it's a very poorly made product. The buttons are made to be pressed.
 

Hal~9000

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Not having to push a button to wake the phone would probably lead to people doing it by accident too frequently, and it's not like pushing the button is very difficult or inconvenient.
Any hypothetical request that people make in this thread will obviously be a feature turned off by default and not forced upon everyone, so no... most customers wouldn't be waking up their phone by accident.
 

joeblow7777

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Any hypothetical request that people make in this thread will obviously be a feature turned off by default and not forced upon everyone, so no... most customers wouldn't be waking up their phone by accident.
Fair enough, but it would still likely require some modification to the hardware which Apple probably feels wouldn't be worth it for the sake of the portion of users who will find it useful.
 

urkel

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I wish that apple would let us choose how to utilize the home button now that it's touch enabled. Double pressing the home button for multitask never seemed natural, I think double tapping for multitask would be much better. Currently, all this does is enable "one handed mode", which I never use anyway. I hope apple gives us this choice in a future update.
This is what I've always wished it would be:

Double Tap: Multitask
Double Press: Notifications Center

Like you said already, double pressing didnt feel "natural", especially for a task you do so often. But a double tap is such a slight motion that it would feel more fluid.

And my reasoning for "Double Press for Multitask" is that the notification center is important enough that it should be easy to access one-handed or without having to stretch. So "double press" brings it down to glance at whats up and then press again to make it go away.
 

iBlazed

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This is what I've always wished it would be:

Double Tap: Multitask
Double Press: Notifications Center

Like you said already, double pressing didnt feel "natural", especially for a task you do so often. But a double tap is such a slight motion that it would feel more fluid.

And my reasoning for "Double Press for Multitask" is that the notification center is important enough that it should be easy to access one-handed or without having to stretch. So "double press" brings it down to glance at whats up and then press again to make it go away.
Yeah, I hope Apple reads these forums. Double Tap for multitask is just a plain better way of going about it than the current way.
 

Jd3774life

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Been doing this with jailbreak for the last 10 months.

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Except that never happens.

I too had this on my 5S for a year (virtual home) it was by far the greatest tweak I had installed and I miss it every single day on my 6+. You could simply place your finger on the home button to wake/unlock it without even pressing it and you could go to the home screen with a "tap". It worked flawlessly and never happen on accident EVER. I need it back ASAP. Come on apple.
 

nooaah

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I too had this on my 5S for a year (virtual home) it was by far the greatest tweak I had installed and I miss it every single day on my 6+. You could simply place your finger on the home button to wake/unlock it without even pressing it and you could go to the home screen with a "tap". It worked flawlessly and never happen on accident EVER. I need it back ASAP. Come on apple.
Agreed. This is the one thing I'd go back to jailbreaking for.
 

iBlazed

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Agreed. This is the one thing I'd go back to jailbreaking for.
I think we'll be waiting a looonnnngggg time for a 6/6+ jailbreak. I would absolutely jailbreak for this feature. Apple installed a fingerprint reader that doubles as a touch sensitive home button and made the second feature totally useless. Unless you use one handed mode, which I don't because it just pulls the screen down, it doesn't move it over to the right. If they wanted to make one handed mode useful, the content on the screen would shrink down to the size of an iPhone 5.
 

AndrewR23

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I think we'll be waiting a looonnnngggg time for a 6/6+ jailbreak. I would absolutely jailbreak for this feature. Apple installed a fingerprint reader that doubles as a touch sensitive home button and made the second feature totally useless. Unless you use one handed mode, which I don't because it just pulls the screen down, it doesn't move it over to the right. If they wanted to make one handed mode useful, the content on the screen would shrink down to the size of an iPhone 5.
Im hearing the JB will be out by December like last years.

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Jailbreak for the 6 and 6+ will be great.
Agreed which is why I returned my 6 and went back to my 5S until JB arrives.
 
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