Will you miss the home button on the X?

pjny

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Hi,

I am concerned about the Home button as I use it A LOT. single tap with edge of finger to turn on and see notifications, full tap with thumb to go to unlock to home screen, double tap to switch to gps or other app, tap to exit app and triple tapping to invert screen color.

It seems like the swipe from bottom has to potential for RSI on your thumb.

I wish they had a (programmable) side button to mimic the home button.

do you think the swipe from bottom is better than home button?
 

CallmeBigfat

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I hope when you unlock with face I'd you don't have to swipe up every time I'm sure they will fix this in a future iOS version.
 

lordofthereef

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No idea if I will miss it. I have been saying I'd like to see the home button go though, so I am hoping its replacement, in he form of gestures, is worthy.
 

swinery

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time will tell

I doubt it, it sounds easier in some ways, e.g. swapping apps by swiping
 

iSayBoourns

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Hi,

I am concerned about the Home button as I use it A LOT. single tap with edge of finger to turn on and see notifications, full tap with thumb to go to unlock to home screen, double tap to switch to gps or other app, tap to exit app and triple tapping to invert screen color.

It seems like the swipe from bottom has to potential for RSI on your thumb.

I wish they had a (programmable) side button to mimic the home button.

do you think the swipe from bottom is better than home button?
1: Tap To Wake on the screen to see notifications (so a much larger target to tap to wake the screen than having to tap the specific location of the home button)

2: A simple swipe up to unlock (because of FaceID it will basically be like any iOS device prior to TouchID with Swipe To Unlock and no passcode enabled, but with the security of authentication)

3: Not sure about GPS but you swipe left or right on the Home Bar to switch between apps.

4: Like #2, it’s just a simple swipe up to leave an app.

5: Since no one knows what other hidden iOS tweaks exclusive to the iPhone X are yet, it very well could be possible to have triple tap on the Home Bar at the bottom. Making it virtually the same as triple tap on the home button.
 

sunapple

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Hi,

I am concerned about the Home button as I use it A LOT. single tap with edge of finger to turn on and see notifications, full tap with thumb to go to unlock to home screen, double tap to switch to gps or other app, tap to exit app and triple tapping to invert screen color.

It seems like the swipe from bottom has to potential for RSI on your thumb.

I wish they had a (programmable) side button to mimic the home button.

do you think the swipe from bottom is better than home button?
Just something you have to get used to, Home Button does not have a real future sorry to say ;)
 
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xxray

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I’m not getting the X this year, but no. I already prefer swiping up on the iPad for multitasking/control center over using the home button. Feels like it requires less energy and is smoother, more seamless.
 

CaptMarvel

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I’ll miss the home button but for Touch ID. It may be a little wonky/weird at first using bank apps or others that authenticate with Touch ID but now will use Face ID since you will already be looking at the screen :confused:
 

Vermifuge

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The way I use my iPhone...

I group all the apps I use every day on the front screen along with a few others like settings, banking app or remote apps. I know by muscle memory that if I need those apps I just click the home button to exit the app and click again to fast forward me to the first page of apps. The ones i probably need. If its not there its on the 2nd page.

Changing how i use the phone will tae some getting used to.
 

southflguy

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I hope when you unlock with face I'd you don't have to swipe up every time I'm sure they will fix this in a future iOS version.
You will likely be able to change this feature in assistive technologies in settings. Right now I don’t have to press down on the home button just lay finger on it and screen unlocks to home screen.
 

nia820

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I will miss the home button. Face ID isn't bad. I have it set up on my galaxy s8. But I just find it easier to just unlock it with one touch through finger.

I think most iphone x users will get use to it. But it will definitely be missed.
 

maflynn

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I wonder if this will be the biggest adjustment for iPhone X owners. Muscle memory, ease of use, simplicity in design. All replaced with less then ideal (imo) alternatives. I'm sure it will be fine, and Android has already moved away from a physical button, but they implemented a different solution that I think its more elegant. Perhaps my opinion will change as apple moves on to the iPhone XI, XII and what not, but the X represents a seismic shift in how we suppose to use the phone.
 

profets

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I’m really looking forward to using the X with the gestures that the home indicator brings, especially sliding to multitask. After using the home button on the iPhone 7, previous the home button on previous iPhones suddenly felt oddly mechanical. I have a feeling that after using the X for a bit that using a home button will start to feel like a slow or archaic method of performing those actions.
 

Leo90

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I don’t think the lack of home button would be an issue for me, I rarely use the home button on my iPad Pro for instance. The reason I am not getting an iPhone X is mainly due to the very distracting notch on apps with white background.
 
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Crayon7

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I think will need few days to get used to but will be fine once I do as with everything else.
 

Cryates

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I’m sure muscle memory will have me tapping the bottom for a home button for a few days, but like all things, I will adjust.

I really think the gestures will become so intuitive I’ll be questioning why we ever needed a home button in the first place.
 

tkukoc

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When I was at the keynote in the testing area, it was hilarious watching people on X try to touch a button that is no longer there. It will take some getting use to because of muscle memory. Other then that... removal of the button, agh.. it’s alright. Removal of Touch ID I still think is a mistake... but I’m not Apple and you have to adapt to changes in tech..
 

x-evil-x

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Not worried one bit.
My 6+ was jailbroken and I had this same swiping gesture to go back to the home screen and I think it did to multi tasking similar as well. You get used to it really fast because it much easier to use than a button honestly. Youll like it much more trust me.
 
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jt1king

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I won’t miss Touch ID. It worked flawlessly when my fingers were dry, not in gloves, and prints had no scratches. I am the cook and all around repairman in my house and those things hampered Touch ID.