While screen is off : Do you have to press down home button to scan your fingerprint?

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    user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Or just simply touch the home button (even if the screen is off to begin with) and it scans your fingerprint to unlock the phone?

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  2. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

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    Nope, you just have to rest your finger onto the button, no press needed.
     
  3. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    You don't have to press down on the button -- only hold your finger on it.

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  4. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a

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    You only touch it. They explained in the videos that the metal ring around the home button is used to detect the presence of a finger without having to press the home button.
     
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  6. Kurso macrumors 6502

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    Makes you wonder why they left the home button there. Not to derail the thread but I bet it's gone in the iPhone 6.
     
  7. user-name-here thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok, but does that mean you only need to touch (not press down) the home button WHILE the screen is on?

    Or can you simply touch the home button even if the screen is off to unlock your iPhone?
     
  8. Jimbo47 macrumors 6502a

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    I saw in the demo videos (or may have been a hands on video) it appeared as though the button was pushed down first to turn the screen on, then the fingerprint was read.
     
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I haven't seen any bloggers that got there hands on the Fingerprint side of things yet. So no one knows.
     
  10. DOUGHNUT macrumors regular

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    well the home button is still used for...going to home screen as well as activating Siri. although i suppose they could've done it as a touch sensitive button too.
     
  11. b10cker macrumors newbie

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    If it just became a touch sensitive button how would it know if you were fingerprint scanning or going home?
     
  12. WhiteIphone5 macrumors 65816

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    yeah same here.
     
  13. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    This is how it works. Andy ihnatko confirmed it on macbreak weekly.
     
  14. yanki01 macrumors 68030

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    people said that before the 5, with Touch ID - the home button is here to stay.

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    press the power button or home button to "wake up" the iPhone, then use the Touch ID or swipe to unlock it.
     
  15. melb00m macrumors regular

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    Because people like the tactile feedback of a real button. My guess is that the scanner will only be enabled when unlocking or buying something on the App Store. It won't be enough to just touch the button to only "go home".
     
  16. Kurso macrumors 6502

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    Hmm... Isn't that what Blackberry said when the iPhone came out with no keyboard?
     

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