The "I hate Home button" Thread

Discussion in 'iPad' started by samiznaetekto, May 8, 2010.

  1. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    (sorry for the title... I chuckle every time I see "The ... Thread" titles) :D

    I'm waiting for my iPad (did try it at the store a few times) and I have an iPhone. One thing I hate about both is the Home button. I think it's just out of place of the "pure software in your hands" paradigm. It's stiff and just plain stupid. Do we really need it? It could be replaced with a simple gesture: touch screen with all 5 fingers and you go to Home screen. Double-click of Home button can be replaced with double tap with 5 fingers. Much simpler and faster than pushing the button that sometimes on the bottom, sometimes at right, left, or top.
  2. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    I think, probably, that the reason for the Home button is simply that it's a guaranteed. Whenever you have a physical button, you know it works. If you needed to reset a crashed iPad etc, you know where you are by holding the Power + Home buttons.

    I do agree, though, that the Home button is a stiff, noisy, not easy-to-find button in the dark, especially if you've reoriented the iPad for a movie or game etc.
  3. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    The button is there so that a hardware interrupt can be triggered, something that is nearly impossible with software input. If a program freezes or crashes, without a hardware interrupt, it would just continue to run until the battery died. True there is also the sleep/wake/power button, but that has other uses. TEG
  4. iWannaBeAdored macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2010
    How can you hate 1 simple button which takes you back to the home screen? Its called simplicity.
  5. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

    Peter Harrison

    Dec 24, 2009
    Makes sense on the iPhone. Try and quickly do a 5 finger gesture on the iPhone, then try and quickly press the Home button.

    I understand what you mean about us being intimately linked with the software, and not have to work our way through peripherals and other hardware... but then do you suggest we get rid of the volume rocker? Screen lock rotation? These things exist as buttons and switches because they make sense. I do use the software volume controls within apps sometimes, but it depends on the situation. I would be really pissed off if the volume rocker was removed and we ONLY had the software option. They can go too far with too many buttons like some of the other mobile phones on the market, but I feel Apple have got the balance just right. We've got the buttons/switches etc that we really need. If anything, we could do with just one more, a camera click button (not on iPad, obviously). The software button for taking a picture can be really awkward. Hell, try and take a picture of yourself! Sometimes, hardware buttons are the way to go. The Home button is always there, it doesn't move or get hidden. And it's pretty obvious. If someone picked up an iPad and didn't know the gesture, they'd be really stuck. I mean, the instructions aren't very clear. They don't tell you about other gestures.
  6. BacklitFirefly macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2009
    Sandhills Area, North Carolina
  7. gillybean macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    In Need for Speed sometimes when I'm drifting I accidentally hit the home button and it takes me back to the home screen. :mad:
  8. Pigumon macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    Ever heard "Don't put all your eggs in one basket"?

    Would you drive a car that was controlled only by software and you had no "home" button to stop the car if the software failed?

    Anyway, the home button ROCKS. You know no matter what happens, just press the single button and everything is fine again.

    (How is it hard to find in the dark? It's the only concaved part of the iphone/ipad!)

  9. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
  10. INeedAMacBook macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2010
    who has 5 fingers on one hand? :D
  11. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

    Peter Harrison

    Dec 24, 2009
    If you realise quickly enough, keep your finger on the button so you end up holding it rather than pressing it. Hold it for 2-3 seconds and you won't quit.
  12. Liam8 macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2009
  13. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    I recall reading somewhere that AT&T was the one to insist there be a physical button on the iPhone. Intereresting if true, and especially since the button made it to the Touch and the iPad, born from a non-Apple idea.
  14. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
  15. jkimbro0316 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2008
    Central Florida
    Instead of home button, we could just have a gesture area, kind of like the palm pre lol :p
  16. p-rice macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Hardware buttons are important. How else are you going to force quit apps and force shutdown the device? Not to mention entering recovery mode when the OS fails.
  17. Whorehay macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2008
    I agree it needs to be there and I actually like the satisfying click feedback compared to the iPhones I've owned. But it does get a bit loud, esp. when you are using it in a quiet setting.
  18. DeathChill macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    Pretty sure this is utterly false, considering Cingular/AT&T didn't even know what the iPhone looked like until near the launch as far as I remember.
  19. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    Agree with the OP, I made a thread about the home button on the iPad, and how it will be getting much use.

    However, will not iPhone OS 4, with its multitasking, reduce that home button pushing?
  20. omgitscro macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    There will always be a button, especially considering Apple's emphasis on accessibility. 5-finger gestures can't work because some people don't have 5 fingers on a hand. Seems like a silly notion to you, maybe, but there are people without sight using iPhones/iPads. It's silly to nitpick on that one idea for a gesture, but either way, there are specific reasons why Apple researches/tests/builds all of these devices with home buttons.
  21. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Quite the opposite; you'll need to tap the home button twice! ;)
  22. pondie84 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Personally I'd rather press the home screen button rather than do an awkward '5 finger tap' on the screen.
  23. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    I don't want to accidently go home, so I suggest a double-elbow half circle curly-q motion.

    You need to rest both elbows on the ipad and then you start a half circle counter clock wise, and then angle down and back across and do a squiggle.

    This would be the best way to create a home gesture.

    Not to mention people with less than 5 fingers would be screwed.
  24. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    I have a gesture for this thread, and it only requires one finger.:D
  25. GeekLawyer macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
    Nicely done. :)

    Yeah, I don't see the home button going anywhere for quite some time to come.

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