why does iPhone have hard home button?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by piatti, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. piatti macrumors 6502a

    piatti

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    It puts strain on my thumb and I hesitate each time I press it. Why can't they make it like ONE X? You just tap on the button. No need to exert your thumb.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Speaking from experience, it is possible and quite annoying to hit the touch buttons by accident.
     
  3. piatti thread starter macrumors 6502a

    piatti

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    I see. Did you use an android phone before? Maybe they should make higher quality button where you don't have to press as hard? Is the button any better for the iPhone 5?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, I've used several Android phones.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "better" though.
     
  5. piatti thread starter macrumors 6502a

    piatti

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    Which ones did you use? Did they have any advantages over the iPhone ? I mean better as in having softer button where you don't have to press so hard.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I've used a One X and SGS3.
     
  7. SunnyStudioNeo macrumors regular

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    I like the idea of having softer buttons. As a developer I use my thumb too often
     
  8. CodeBreaker macrumors 6502

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    You can enable Assistive Touch in Settings --> General --> Assistive Touch. This will place a soft home button on your screen, which you can use just like the hard button. You can also do other things such as Siri, take screen shot, increase/decrease volume, etc. The soft button can be dragged anywhere.
     

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