iPhone 7 will not have a home button

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  1. vanilla.coffee macrumors member

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    My prediction for next year.
    3D touch will remove the need for a physical home button.
     
  2. Cryates macrumors 6502a

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    Can't we at least let the 6S cycle launch before moving on to the 7?
     
  3. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    I was thinking the same thing myself. We can now activate multitasking by swiping on the display and no longer need to hold down on the home button to trigger Siri. All that's left now is Touch-ID.
     
  4. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    Said this all along, I think they will try for it.
     
  5. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    The home button is iconic to the iPhone. Not a chance in hell Apple gets rid of it next year.
     
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  7. ipaddaro macrumors member

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    what about touch ID?

    now it is covered by sapphire to prevent scratches that could affect its functioning.

    but sapphire is much more prone to crack than glass.
    and in addition the 3D touch requires the screen to "bend" a little i think...

    maybe there will be an improvement in glass technology (they claim to have done somethinh in this direction with the iphone 6s anyway... let's see...)
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Similar threads were made for the S just recently and the argument holds true. Touch ID. There's no way we know what Apple may or may not do but they will have to accommodate Touch ID for one thing.
     
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    If not embedded in the screen, there's always the possibility of Touch ID moving to the back of the phone too.
     
  11. techiebug macrumors 6502a

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    No such thing as an iconic home button. It's just a button. And a button can be got rid of.
     
  12. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Sure it is iconic. It's been on every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch ever made and is synonymous with the iPhone in the mind of consumers. No way they get rid of it next year. Maybe far, far in the future they might but for the next 5+ years I wouldn't count on it going away imo.
     
  13. Psyfuzz macrumors 6502

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    The button is key to the customer experience, having a physical button outside of the software gives the user an easy way back to the home screen and was the reason iOS was so easy to learn, if was the 'get out of free' card that allowed new users to feel comfortable exploring the OS.

    Removing it would be a mistake.
     
  14. Roller macrumors 68020

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    I tend to agree that removing the physical home button would be a mistake, but for a different reason. If Apple can implement Touch ID recognition in a virtual button when the display is on, that could be OK. But what about when the iPhone is sleeping? The slightly concave physical button provides a visual and tactile target so you know where to press. How would that work with a virtual one?
     
  15. CE3 macrumors 6502a

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    LG models sleep and wake by double tapping the screen. Apple could do something similar by making the whole or bottom part of the display able to sleep and wake by touch, or wake and unlock by pressing and holding with your touch ID finger. 3D touch could make this process pretty slick. I'm not against keeping the home button, though.
     
  16. ipaddaro macrumors member

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    but do they have fingerprint scan?

    a button on the back could be a solution, but sacrificing internal space maybe
     
  17. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    Because nothing ever changes, right?
     
  18. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    By next year? (in regards to the home button being removed)... hell no.

    As I've already explained in my later response of the thread, maybe years and years down the line. No chance it gets removed by next year though.
     
  19. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    You haven't a clue what Apple's plans are for the iPhone 7.
     
  20. CE3 macrumors 6502a

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    I guess I was thinking maybe somehow the fingerprint scanning could be built right into the display.
     
  21. Roller macrumors 68020

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    If Apple can find a way to let you waken and authenticate by pressing with a fingertip anywhere in a large area as you say, that would be OK, and they could combine that with a virtual home button when the screen is on. But making Touch ID work over an area much larger than the current home button would be quite challenging, I think.
     
  22. ipaddaro macrumors member

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    yes, it would seem more logical...
    the limit at the moment seems to be sapphire that is required for touch ID
     
  23. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    :rolleyes:

    Gotta come up with a reply better than that generic escape one you used above. How about I reply with "Well neither do you!" to really make this conversation even more worthless?

    Can't back up your opinions with something more than the generic "well you don't know what the future will hold!" or "anythings possible!" or "nuh uh!" then its time to bow out...
     
  24. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    The whole thread is as worthless as your comments.

    No one knows what Apple's plans are for iPhone 7.

    It's not impossible to think that Apple could replace the Home button next year.

    /Thread.
     
  25. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Speculating about Apples future plans on a rumor forum isn't worthless to the people involved in the debate, but telling everyone "its worthless to speculate because no one knows what Apples future plans are!" IS truly worthless (on this forum as least). I mean that's why OP made this thread in the first place, to start discussion. No reason for you to try and shut down speculation and everyone's opinion just because you don't want to participate. Simply leave the thread...
     

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