Is it a button or not?

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  1. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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    i cant find anything anywhere that says if the home button is actually a clicky button with sensor built in or touch sensitive button? would make sense to me f it was touch sensitive, but again i cant find confirmation
     
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  4. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Its not as deep as in previous iPhones, but it does still click. To unlock your iPhone (if a passcode is enabled) you're supposed to place your finger on the sensor, pressing down on the sensor will activate Siri once your thumb has been authenticated.

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  5. Azy macrumors regular

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    It is still a button,

    to scan your fingerprint you just need to rest your finger on the button. You still press it as before for everything else.
     
  6. LeeM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    are there any improvements on previous buttons? with them always being a little iffy, could this just be something else to go wrong?

    not trolling, despite dodgy home buttons ive had nothing but iphones since day 1 and really want a 5S
     
  7. x-evil-x macrumors 68030

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    the phone isnt out yet how would anybody know?
     
  8. LeeM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i dont know, any information thats been released so far
     
  9. Virginaustralia macrumors regular

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    I dont understand how siri will work from the lockscreen, when you hold it it unlocks
     
  10. ant1298 macrumors 6502

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    You are right in the sense that something could go wrong with the button. I guess that's the same for all the models released by Apple so far. However my concern would be after prolonged use would the touch ID sensor fail, would the sapphire crystal scratch etc. I guess Apple have done extensive research into this and have concluded that the sense will work for the duration of the phones life.

    (on the other hand, if they did test it, why didn't they pick on the fact that the Black & Slate iP5 was prone to looking shabby after normal use last year [of course some people have taken more care over there phone so real world usage varies])

    There are bound to be the odd one or two that fail but that's the same will all tech.

    Only time will tell whether the Touch ID sensor will withstand everyday use. I guess the phone will have a years warranty so if anything goes wrong then you can always replace it for free. And if it becomes Touch ID-gate then Apple will most likely extend the warranty for the sensor beyond a year if they see fit (similar to iP4 and the extended case program a few years back).

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  11. boshii macrumors 68040

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    To unlock your phone, you don't have to press down on the button. You place your finger on the button and the metal ring tells the sensor that a finger is there to unlock the phone.

    For Siri, you do as you always do. Press and hold the button.
     
  12. BHP41 macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, pretty sure that you have to wake the iPhone up as normal. Then hold your finger there. It's not place your finger there as the iPhone unlocks.
     
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  14. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    All of this was in the keynote, just watch it.
     
  15. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Yes, if the phone is asleep it seems that you have to physically click the home button once to wake it up, then leave your finger on the button (but not pressed down) to let it scan and unlock.
     
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  17. enoughsev macrumors newbie

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    its a button

    The sensor is behind a sapphire lens that allows clear reading of your print.
     
  18. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    If you search YouTube for hands on 5S videos you can see/hear the Apple representative tell the reporters you must press the button first to activate. You don't seem to be able to just touch the metal ring by itself to unlock.
     

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