This is why the home button has a square on it

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  1. musika, Sep 14, 2011
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    musika macrumors 65816

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    Just occurred to me --- I feel incredibly slow ---

    The square on the home button symbolizes an app icon. :eek:

    The curves are the same. And when iPhone first came around, it was known as "the revolutionary new phone with a bunch of candy-coloured little rounded squares you can tap on". It's so simple.

    Brilliant little Apple Detail.

    Sorry if this was obvious to people! :D
     
  2. Harvey Specter macrumors regular

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    Actually hadn't really thought about it. Makes sense
     
  3. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

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    Or it could just legitimately be a design to fill in the home button.
     
  4. musika thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's what I had always thought, but its the same dimensions, and it makes sense. If you wanna get back to your page with icons, click the button with the icon outline on it!
     
  5. Ayman250 macrumors member

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    Hahaha incredible never really thought about it but makes a lot of sense. :D
     
  6. cshearer macrumors regular

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    Wicked sick!

    But in all seriousness, I now wonder why I've never thought about this. Good find.
     
  7. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Good eyes!

    I had just mentioned this again in a post about a month ago:

     
  8. Zepaw macrumors 65816

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    Pshaw, that's so 30 days ago. I can't count how many years that is in MR time. :rolleyes:

    I never even considered as something with meaning, just seemed like a design choice. It does make sense.
     
  9. musika thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ah, good find, as well. I had missed that!
     
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    I've never thought about it, but I guess you're right. Huh, I guess you learn something new everyday.
     
  12. msb3079 macrumors 6502a

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    Good post. I had never thought about that either. But looking at it, it is the same shape as the app icons. Pretty cool.
     
  13. newyorksole macrumors 68030

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    that's a sick find. talk about paying attention to detail. sheesh.
     
  14. musika thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, you're right. I meant in the curves. Same curves
     
  15. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a

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    Nice thinking, haven't really given much thought till now.

    Apple should stay with the circular home button, synonymous with clickwheel, it should not be changed.
     
  16. S7A2G6 macrumors member

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    Made me chuckle.

    It may be a home symbol, much like Droid, but to lower the cost of the phone, they left the roof off.

    Yeah. That's it.
     
  17. musika thread starter macrumors 65816

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    In the back of my head, I always wondered why it was never a home symbol.
     
  18. F123D macrumors 68040

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    Wow, soo simple yet I was clueless this whole time.

    Now if apple can make that square on the home button glow during phone calls/messages/notications I will be blown away. :)
     
  19. S7A2G6 macrumors member

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    It glows while you are on a call, and not i speaker mode. You have to be quick to catch it. It glows blue. :p
     
  20. lukefinch macrumors 6502

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    You all seriously never noticed that before? I thought it was common sense that if you press the home button, with the app icon on it, it would take you back to all of the app icons on your iPhone.

    [​IMG]
     
  21. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

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    I've never looked at it the same way.

    What I see now cannot be unseen, thanks
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148a Safari/6533.18.5)

    Brilliant!
     
  24. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    No facepalm is called for. Out of millions of users, I'd bet that almost nobody noticed.

    Perhaps it would've been more obvious if it had been a tiny grid of colored icons, similar to the way that homescreen folders look. And not use a round button, which doesn't look like a homescreen background.

    However, using a single app icon shape is nicely minimalistic.

    I'm also pretty sure that I've seen a tiny grid used for that purpose on a handheld before.

    Finally, a tiny grid would've locked them into the grid paradigm, which they might not have wanted to do at first.
     
  25. MarcBook macrumors 6502a

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    It's also square so that it looks exactly the same no matter which orientation you're holding your device in. That goes especially for the iPad, which can work upside-down as well. :)
     

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