iP7: ever pressed the home button when on table?

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  1. nycgeo macrumors member

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    I really love the Taptic Engine in all of the facets it's used on the 7, even the home button. One weird thing though is the feedback of pressing the home button while the phone is laying on the table. The haptic feedback all but disappears, and you're left to look at the screen to see if your press worked.

    It seems as though the back of the phone is primarily responsible for the feedback of the home button, and you need to be holding the phone to feel it. On the table it just disappears backward into the surface.
     
  2. newellj macrumors 601

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    Same, if it's on a table or desk it basically gives you zero feedback. It still works, but no tactile response.

    I think I'll get used to it. I'm already thinking that I really like the way the "button" works better than the physical version.
     
  3. dnest macrumors regular

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    Really? When I press the button with the phone flat on the table it feels exactly like a button press.
     
  4. jshtroutman macrumors regular

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    I like the feel of scrolling through numbers like on the alarm screen. That ticking vibration is crazy cool
     
  5. nycgeo thread starter macrumors member

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    Hmm, that's interesting. When I use option 3 on the home button feedback I can feel a very minute vibration in my fingertip. At option 2 I feel nothing at all. I have had it on 2 since I got it.
     
  6. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    When I played with one at the Apple Store I definitely felt feedback when I pushed it while laying against a table. In fairness the security magnet didn't let it lay completely flat, but the bottom was against the table.
     
  7. Derek87 macrumors 6502

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    i experienced the same thing at the apple store with all three settings...this store had no security magnet, so it could lay perfectly flat. i don' use my phone often that way, but i do agree that i am really going to have a lot of getting used to if i buy an iPhone 7, but i'm assuming i'll get used to it within a week and it becomes the new norm.
     
  8. nycgeo thread starter macrumors member

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    Love that. It gives a whole new dimension to the integration.
     
  9. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

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    It's def a lot less intense for me when it's laying on a table. I have it on 2
     
  10. maxsix Suspended

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    The bizarro buzzing button is lame.

    Fortunately rumors are floating around about it's demise in the upcoming model. iPhone 8 is sounding better by the day.
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    The bulbous camera bump won't let it lay flat either. Perhaps Apple will hire a skilled designer for iPhone 8 and get rid of the hump.
     
  11. Suckfest 9001 macrumors 6502a

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    I feel like that's a good enough hint that you clicked the button honestly.
     
  12. nycgeo thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, it's good enough, if you aren't blind or nearly blind, in which case it's not. But for me it's about the satisfaction of the click that we've been enjoying for years. I'm prepared to let it go, but I find that I count on that feel to have a fast workflow. I do sometimes work with my iPhone flat on a table when I'm typing emails, and I do use the home button in that fashion for attachments and links. Probably why I noticed it actually.

    I'll reiterate that I very much like the Taptic button and think it's a better idea given weather sealing and component failure resistance.
     
  13. ZeroGauge macrumors member

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    Same thing here. I'm wondering if it has to do with which haptic setting people are choosing? I went with setting 1.
     
  14. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    All three settings feel like a home button to me on a flat table, albeit weaker than in the hand.
     
  15. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    My wife's iPhone 7 on setting 2 feels like a button when lying on the table. Not sure why you don't get that impression. If anything, it feels MORE like a button this way since the phone doesn't vibrate through the hand like when holding it.
     
  16. nycgeo thread starter macrumors member

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    I think it has to do with a few specific aspects of my test case, namely the case and the density of surface. I'm using the apple leather case on a dense and very flat table. The case seems to be absorbing the shock upwards and the table absorbing it downwards. When I tried it without a case on different surfaces the feedback levels varied.

    If you want to try a zero feedback situation try a soft touch case (like leather) on a heavy, flat table.
     
  17. Sheboygan macrumors member

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    If you like that, try the [rarely used] Compass App. It gives hyptic feed back on cardinal directions and every 10 degree marker.
     
  18. jshtroutman macrumors regular

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    I have mine set to level 3. That setting feels most like the original home button press to me. I'm really liking the haptic button. Wonder if there is actually an issue affecting some iPhones with light haptic feedback?
     
  19. Cogsworth macrumors 6502

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    Just tried it oh man that's pretty cool LOL.
     

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