How would a "virtual" home button work?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by martin2345uk, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. martin2345uk macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2013
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    #1
    So there are always rumours going round that the next iPhone, or maybe the one after, will have the home button within the touchscreen itself.

    How would that actually work? How would the screen know you're not trying to press one of the app icons for example rather than the home button? Would there be some indication on the screen of which "area" is the home button?

    Sorry if that's a stupid question, I'm just curious!
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604

    Shirasaki

    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    #2
    Everyone is curious actually cause we are all not that creative to imagine how it would work in the next iPhone.
    But, based on what we have right now, it would be very difficult to add virtual home button if physical one is removed.
    And I wish Apple don't remove this symbolic button from iPhone cause without it, iPhone is of no difference with all other phones other than the logo in the back.
     
  3. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2013
    #3
    It could just be an icon on the screen and the haptic feedback would go off when pressed. The iPhone 7 is essentially using this mechanism it's just that it's still a separate element from the screen. The home button is no longer a button but a simulated one. Moving to a virtual button will help decrease the overall footprint of the device.
     
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 604

    Shirasaki

    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    #4
    And fewer people can recognise an iPhone in a glance.
    Not really a drawback though.
     
  5. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2013
    #5
    True but I think Apple will implement the iconic home button into the virtual one. I'm all for reducing the size of the phone especially for the plus.
     
  6. dannyyankou macrumors 604

    dannyyankou

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2012
    #6
    If they remove the home button and make the earpiece embedded in the display as rumored, It'll make it a lot easier to use a 5.5 screen.
     
  7. beernut macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2016
    #7
    i use the assistive touch as basically my virtual home button. i love that thing.

    now, if they wanted to implement it into something that's not always on screen, they could just as easily add it to the control center. on the current control center, there are 5 functions across the top and 4 across the bottom. they could just make the bottom row have a 5th function (adding home button to the middle between the timer and the calculator icons); just need to shrink the square icons or make them circular like the top row.
     
  8. malevolant macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    #8
    I'm guessing there will be some force touch to wake anywhere on the screen, touchID under the screen,glass in one specific place. Not sure how "going home" from a full screen app would work, or how mutitasking would work
     
  9. beernut macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2016
    #9
    force touch from left side of screen brings up multitasking so that's covered.

    as for "going home" when app is open, i'm really surprised they havent implemented a hold-finger-on-touchID to go home function (when a touchID dialog like authorizing app purchase isn't shown, of course). seems like such an obvious thing to have.
     
  10. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2008
    #10
    I would not mind an Android style bar at the bottom if it meant claiming some of the phone's size for a larger screen and less bezel. I much prefer the virtual buttons on Android because I feel they are more responsive than the capacitive ones.

    I would not be opposed to just moving the home button to the side like Sony's phones or to the back like Google/Huawei. Especially on the Plus it would be easier to reach.

    But purely as a virtual button I suppose 3D touch would be the most obvious implementation. Press hard enough at the bottom of the screen and you go home or something.
     
  11. beernut macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2016
    #11
    that's exactly how i have my assistive touch set up (force touch the assistive touch icon to go home)
     
  12. Aleh macrumors member

    Aleh

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2013
    #12
    Since multitasking is activated with force touch from the left side of the screen, then why not use force touch from the bottom of the screen to go back to the home screen? It would be similar to swiping apps away from the multitasking screen itself.
     
  13. malevolant macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    #13
    I just had one of those "woah" moments when it worked on my phone. 0.o I didn't know that worked!
     
  14. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    #14
    How are they gonna pick up the finger print with such virtual button is the question.
     
  15. HippieMagic macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    #15
    Probably read it from the pixels the finger is resting on. That doesn't seem too incredibly difficult to do if you had a more precise touch screen.
     
  16. mattopotamus macrumors G5

    mattopotamus

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    #16
    one of the best features of 3D touch. Before IOS 10, it was probably the only useful one haha.
     
  17. sekazi macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2012
    #17
    The touch ID sensor is not transparent so I do not see how they could manage to get it to be a screen.
     
  18. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2002
    #18
    WHOA. I have to pay more attention. This is awesome!

    That's the secret sauce no doubt :)
     
  19. HippieMagic macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    #19
    http://www.jenetric.com/technology.html

    This company already figured it out.
     

Share This Page