iPhone 7 Home Button Requires Capacitive Touch to Work

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. PTDixon macrumors newbie


    Sep 15, 2016
    I would guess that there may already be a work around that we don't know about, but an obvious solution would be a double touch of the power button bringing up the lock screen at which point people could use their gloves on the screen. The bigger issue would be once in, getting out of apps as mentioned by the previous post regarding latex gloves not working... I am guessing this is a short term bug rather than a long term issue (at least, I hope so).
  2. keifer.street macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2013
    That's what assistive touch was designed for in the Accessability settings. Read above.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
  4. morcutt11 macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2015
  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Push the wake button? I mean, it's named that after all.
  6. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Should be fun to use here in Canada in February.
  7. satchmo, Sep 16, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016

    satchmo macrumors 68000

    Aug 6, 2008
    This is a feature.
    Meant for human use, not Androids. :p
  8. Mactendo macrumors 68000

    Oct 3, 2012
    It may be not too cold to take your gloves off but too impractical. As someone wrote above the button doesn't work at all without skin contact. So even if you take your gloves off to unlock the phone and then put them on again and launch an app then there's no way you'll be able to quit the app and return to the home screen since the button doesn't work. You'll need to take your gloves off again.

    They should really fix it in the next iPhone.
  9. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Sounds dirty :p
  10. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    I made the headline a little more clear so it wasn't misleading, and added some different info from Twitter. Seems some capacitive gloves DO work just fine, but there are some that won't (based on personal experience). So it'll open with skin or the right kind of capacitive gloves -- post now reflects that.

    If you don't have the right kind of gloves or a free finger, the home button doesn't work at all -- not for the lock screen, not for exiting apps and getting to the home screen, and not for Siri (but Hey Siri works as an alternative).

    It'll definitely be an annoyance for some people.
  11. code-m macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    The home button is unusable even after the passcode screen. 3D Touch app switcher is a hit or mis for some users, not the most convenient I find.
  12. neverendingscot macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2015
    Beats having to take your gloves off if it's freezing outside. I work outside somewhat regularly, stylus comes in pretty handy when it's cold out.
  13. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Easy for me
  14. code-m macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    Steve Jobs would never allow it, lol :eek::p;):D
  15. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Yeah this is not a big deal. Couldn't really do anything with gloves before.

    I like the new home button.
  16. newyorkone macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2009
    This is only a problem for the very small minority group of people with no phone security on their iPhone at all. Which is a very bad idea anyway so really this shouldn't be a problem for anyone...
  17. BarryCryer macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2015
    Will it work with latex gloves? Currently touch screen works fine through latex/vinyl, but TouchID does not.
  18. Denmac1 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2007
    Lost in Space
    iPhone users in the East are feeling out of touch, while Samsung sales are heating up.

    Film at 11
  19. code-m macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    New home button = added cost of buying new gloves that work with it.
    Dual camera, scratch prone JB option = added cost for new case.
    Removed headphone jack = added cost for BT headphones or use included adapter.
    Thinner iPhone, battery life = added cost for a humpback battery case.

    Apple the nickle and dime Inc at every turn. Lol :p:D
  20. LovingTeddy macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2015

    WTF??? Seriously man?

    I cannot believe someone can defend Apple like that.

    So you suggest me spend more money on this crappy phone just because Apple took a easy way and replace it with a difficult way?

    And are you suggest me not use my phone in the ****ing winter, because too bad, the new iPhone won't work with your god damn glove, deal with it or not use it?

    Then you start to blame it generation. I would say: FU Apple!
  21. code-m macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    Solution, place a Note 7 as a hand warmer, remove glove, unlock iPhone 7, use as required, hands start to freeze use Note 7 to warm up hands, use iPhone, repeat as required. :p:D
  22. Robertesnob macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2011
    I live in a winter state. I can't think of a time where I had a touch screen phone and needed to use my phone with my gloves on. I even own those touch screen gloves and most of the time I don't even use gloves when I'm out in the cold anyway. More incentive to actually get out of the cold. I'm not texting in the snow outside.
  23. keifer.street macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2013
    I'm not sure English is your first language based on your grammar, but I sincerely hope you can sense irony because you proved my point (on an entitled, whiny, childish generation) with your reply.
  24. code-m macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    "keifer.street" must be the Apple Engineer behind this mishap.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 16, 2016 ---
    The internet, where irony gets lost, lol.
  25. uknowimright macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2011
    "get off my lawn!"

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