Apple Inc. didn’t just remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, but also brought the new home button to the smartphone. The Home button is a force sensitive static button now, and not a mechanical button. It looks like the Cupertino-based firm is offering an additional workaround time when the new home button might malfunction, notes The Verge.
Apple offers temporary solution for home button malfunction
Apple Inc. , as it seems, has introduced an additional software workaround for the iPhone 7 when the new home button might not work as anticipated. The iPhone 7 will display a home button on the screen, when it detects there might be some problem with it, as per a MacRumors forum user.
The user noted that the iPhone displayed the message after it switched off while charging. The user also shared a picture of the iPhone 7 display after the iPhone unexpectedly turned itself off while charging. The picture showed that the haptic feedback started malfunctioning after a restart. However, it does present an alternative onscreen home button for temporary use until the device has been turned for servicing.
When the user restarted the device, “it worked at first then started spazzing out. The Haptic engine kept firing [three to four] times in a row for every ‘press’. I restarted [the phone] again and it’s back to not working.” In addition, a notification warning saying that “The Home Button May Need Service” pops on the screen as well.
Removing Home button entirely in next iPhone?
Apple did away with the classic click-mechanism home button with the introduction of the iPhone 7. Instead, it gave the “solid-state” pressure sensitive button that uses haptic feedback to copy traditional button clicks.
The programming, which manages the Taptic Engine-powered feedback, is integrated into the iOS 10 deeply. It is integrated so deeply that the latest iPhone is able to offer a temporary workaround automatically, when its diagnostic software senses that the tech is not working properly.
Previously, MacRumors noted that the Taptic Engine can stop functioning if the operating system freezes. That compelled the tech giant to change the reset process for the iPhone 7 series. Apparently, the smartphone maker has safeguarded against instances of haptic sensor of the button breaking entirely. However, we still have to see if its failure rate is any better than a physical button or not.
Also, there are speculations that Apple Inc. is considering eliminating the home button completely in its next model – the iPhone 8. As per the speculations by 9to5Mac, this software button could be a precursor to its replacement.