Wrong position of power button

novetan

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I'd think the power button at the side instead of the top like iOS4 or 5 is a design failure. When we take a pic in landscape with the vol button on top serve as shutter, inadvertently our thumb positioned below may accidentally pressed the power button, hence turning it off.

Has anyone of you ever has similar experience?
 

Gav2k

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This is hardware related and only on the 6:6+.

I have a 6+ and I have no issue what so ever taking photos using the volume button. I've never once caught the power button.
 
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You would have to hold the power button down a few seconds before it even gave you the option of turning the phone off. It is not going to happen by accident
The OP is referring to turning the display off by accidentally pressing the power button. Which I have done a couple of times as well, but it's not really that big of an issue.
 
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I'd think the power button at the side instead of the top like iOS4 or 5 is a design failure. When we take a pic in landscape with the vol button on top serve as shutter, inadvertently our thumb positioned below may accidentally pressed the power button, hence turning it off.

Has anyone of you ever has similar experience?
I used to have that problem with old Samsung phones, but a lot of Android phones now have the volume and power buttons on the same side to prevent this, so I haven't had this problem for a few years. Shame Apple didn't work this one out.
 
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I rotate my phone to the left when I take landscape photos, which places the power button on the 6 plus on top. That's just my preference, because I'd rather use my right hand to press the shutter button on screen and not my left.

I have yet to turn the display off this way.
 
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Thats why alot of phones with the power buttons on the side do not have them directly opposite the volume buttons. The need for the power button on the side is the must on a big screen phone though.
 
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With iPhone6+, I seriously don't know how would you lock the screen with one hand if the button on the top of phone.
 
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I would personally like the power button sitting a little lower.
I tend to hit the power and volume button at the same time since both are parallel on the same exact spot and my fingers grab/push at the same exact location on both sides.
If the power was a little lower it would avoid all that.
I totally agree-
 
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I'd think the power button at the side instead of the top like iOS4 or 5 is a design failure. When we take a pic in landscape with the vol button on top serve as shutter, inadvertently our thumb positioned below may accidentally pressed the power button, hence turning it off.

Has anyone of you ever has similar experience?
no it is copy of android phones
 

rui no onna

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I would personally like the power button sitting a little lower.
I tend to hit the power and volume button at the same time since both are parallel on the same exact spot and my fingers grab/push at the same exact location on both sides.
If the power was a little lower it would avoid all that.
I don't really care if the power button's higher or lower. I just don't want it to be directly across the volume controls. :p
 
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I don't really care if the power button's higher or lower. I just don't want it to be directly across the volume controls. :p
Exactly.
I had people here blame me that I'm just holding it wrong :D
Everything we tend to grab wether thats a glass of water etc we grab at the same parallel location with the index and thumb usually.
So putting them both at the same location keeps making me push the power and the volume up button together.
Maybe it wasn't thought out well by Apple, putting the power button a little bit below like a few inches would have been much better.
 

C DM

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Exactly.
I had people here blame me that I'm just holding it wrong :D
Everything we tend to grab wether thats a glass of water etc we grab at the same parallel location with the index and thumb usually.
So putting them both at the same location keeps making me push the power and the volume up button together.
Maybe it wasn't thought out well by Apple, putting the power button a little bit below like a few inches would have been much better.
A few inches would seem like quite a bit, as in the button would be almost at the bottom of the phone. Seems like they could move it down about an inch so it's a bit bellow the volume buttons, but even (let alone moving it further down) then it would be where most people hold the phone in general which would likely increase the likelihood of people accidentally unintentionally pressing on the button simply by picking up and holding the phone as they normally would.
 
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I have a 5s and I prefer it's size over that of the 6. However, in a perfect world, my 5s would have the power button on the side rather than the top of the phone. JMHO.
 

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A few inches would seem like quite a bit, as in the button would be almost at the bottom of the phone. Seems like they could move it down about an inch so it's a bit bellow the volume buttons, but even (let alone moving it further down) then it would be where most people hold the phone in general which would likely increase the likelihood of people accidentally unintentionally pressing on the button simply by picking up and holding the phone as they normally would.
I hear you. Just right below would work great.
My measurements were off:)
 

C DM

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I hear you. Just right below would work great.
My measurements were off:)
At least for the iPhone 6, even just below I think might be getting into the territory of where people's thumb or other fingers might rest when they are holding the phone, which could cause accidental inadvertent presses of the lock button. It's possible Apple considered it and realized that might be worse than accidental presses of the volume buttons while someone is pressing the lock button. It might be a bit different for the 6 Plus given that it's larger.
 

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At least for the iPhone 6, even just below I think might be getting into the territory of where people's thumb or other fingers might rest when they are holding the phone, which could cause accidental inadvertent presses of the lock button. It's possible Apple considered it and realized that might be worse than accidental presses of the volume buttons while someone is pressing the lock button. It might be a bit different for the 6 Plus given that it's larger.
I doubt they put much thought in it cause they could have done much much better with button placement.
On my 6 plus there's plenty of space to have it lowered.
I know Apple doesn't make mistakes and everything wrong its called a feature by some but this should have been just common sense imo.
With all the R&D and money they spend on design and testing. Nobody noticed it besides us here?
 

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I doubt they put much thought in it cause they could have done much much better with button placement.
Do you really think so? You are talking about the most important product in their offering here, and you think they didn't put much thought into it?

Where would you put the power button so that everyone is happy?

At the top? Nope, it's too high. I use the power button all the time now on my 6 because it's so reachable.

Lower it from the current position on the 6/6+. But that's where people' thumb goes. Not a good place.
Raise if from the current position on the 6/6+. Can't reach with one hand
On the left side. No room.
 

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Do you really think so? You are talking about the most important product in their offering here, and you think they didn't put much thought into it?

Where would you put the power button so that everyone is happy?

At the top? Nope, it's too high. I use the power button all the time now on my 6 because it's so reachable.

Lower it from the current position on the 6/6+. But that's where people' thumb goes. Not a good place.
Raise if from the current position on the 6/6+. Can't reach with one hand
On the left side. No room.
I'd put it right below the lower volume button.
But obviously on the other side of the phone where it is now just lower.
That would not be close to where my thumb goes with my 6 Plus. There's plenty of room and it would make life so much easier.
Nice try making it sound like its impossible to locate it on a better position than it is now though:D Of Course Apple is always right, we are just holding it wrong:D
 

C DM

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I'd put it right below the lower volume button.
But obviously on the other side of the phone where it is now just lower.
That would not be close to where my thumb goes with my 6 Plus. There's plenty of room and it would make life so much easier.
Nice try making it sound like its impossible to locate it on a better position than it is now though:D Of Course Apple is always right, we are just holding it wrong:D
Well, it might be that it can work for the 6 Plus (and perhaps they could/should have designed that one a bit differently compared to the 6), but it wouldn't work as well for the regular 6.
 
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I thought it would be terrible, but I've never had an issue. Only once have I ever reached to the top to lock my phone, which surprised me because that was 3 years of muscle memory.
 

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Well, it might be that it can work for the 6 Plus (and perhaps they could/should have designed that one a bit differently compared to the 6), but it wouldn't work as well for the regular 6.
That's possibly true.
I haven't grabbed a regular iphone 6 for months but on my 6 Plus there's tons of room to provide a better user experience with a slight relocation below.
I wouldn't suggest putting it at the top or higher than it is now but for the 6 plus I think it would be perfect.
 

rui no onna

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Lower it from the current position on the 6/6+. But that's where people' thumb goes. Not a good place.
Raise if from the current position on the 6/6+. Can't reach with one hand
On the left side. No room.
I agree on the lower position but raising it a little bit so it's across the silent switch should still be quite accessible even single-handed on both the 6/6+. I've tried it and it's fine considering I have baby hands.

Another solution would be to move the volume buttons and keep the power button right where it is.
 
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