Home button as a physical switch should be gone next year, yes?

Aston441

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Somehow I doubt the home button will go away for iPhone 7, but I can't imagine that going forward it will still be a separate physical switch. At most I would expect a depression in the display instead of an actual hole, and 3D touch to give it a clicky feel, just like more recent trackpads.

This might be even cheaper to manufacture, is one less point of failure, and eliminates another area of water entry.
 

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I want it to stay too, but I don't want it to be an actual switch, just a smooth polished depression in the screen glass.
 

Aston441

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I like having a physical home button. It was the thing I missed the most when I used a HTC One (M7) for a year.
But it would feel like a physical button so long as the haptic engine gave a click when you press on it.
 

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I like the home button, but could handle it being gone if it's implemented well. Someone in another thread mentioned apps freezing the screen and not having a button to press being a problem. Not sure if it this would be an issue or not. I rarely ever deal with with freezes.

If they take the button away, they need to make the 7 screens as shatter-proof as possible. Sometimes people drop their phones and have to live with a cracked or shattered screen until they can afford to replace it. If they lost some responsiveness in the home / Touch ID area because of a drop, they'd probably have a tough time continuing to use the phone.
 

bchreng

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I want it to stay too, but I don't want it to be an actual switch, just a smooth polished depression in the screen glass.
That'd be neat! Maybe they can somehow move it to the back like the fingerprint reader on the new Nexus phones?
 

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That'd be neat! Maybe they can somehow move it to the back like the fingerprint reader on the new Nexus phones?
I would skip any phone with that because I exclusively use wallet cases, and a wallet case could not be designed to accommodate a home button on the back.
 

Eileen89

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I like the home button and hope that Apple keeps it. I do think they should reduce the oversized Bezzels, though.
 
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freedomisle

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I wouldn't mind losing the home button. If functionality wasn't compromised. I think with 3D Touch to activate the App switcher it has reduced my need for the home button and aesthetically it would work. Touch I.D is what I'd be concerned with.
 

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I would skip any phone with that because I exclusively use wallet cases, and a wallet case could not be designed to accommodate a home button on the back.
Agreed. I hate those cases they make that have a dust and dirt hole to show off the Apple logo. Every Nexus 5X and 6P case will have a hole at the back. Just no.
 

AbsynthMinded

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If it was gone, one less mechanical limitation to deal with. If it stays, its iconic and I like the look of it. Wouldn't mind either direction Apple chooses to go.
 

Tucom

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I could see Apple - if they choose to forgo the home button - implement a version of Force Touch to simulate a click like they do with the Magic Trackpad 2 and newer MacBooks. Still, I echo everyone else's thoughts that it's an iconic design and would personally like to see it stay. Either way I imagine Apple would do it right.​
 

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I want it to stay too, but I don't want it to be an actual switch, just a smooth polished depression in the screen glass.[/QUOTE]

Depression in the screen ? I would never want my screen that I look at to have a depression. Never
 

larla

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I do everything possible to avoid pushing the home button. I have the accessibility home on-screen button activated and have begged for a multi-touch gesture on my 6s Plus to return to home.

So please go to a non-mechanical home button on the 7.
 

Aston441

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I like the physical button. I hope they keep it. To me it wouldn't feel right without it.
But it would feel the same, just like the new trackpad on the new MacBooks. Don't you understand?