Should the iPhone mechanical home button be replaced?

What to do about the iPhone home button?

What to do about the iPhone home button?

Home button
The iPhone home button

It gets pressed, double pressed and triple pressed. It gets touched, finger-rested, double tapped, press-and-hold-ed. TouchID, Apple Pay, DFU, screen-shots, power-off…and a slew of other functions rely on this one mechanical wonder.

Is it time to replace it?

Not too long ago, someone asked me the following question:

Will the iPhone 6 home button wear out?

Jason Yeaman Jason Yeaman, The risk taker, the cookie maker, tail feather shaker iOS Jailbreaker 1.1k Views

Eventually, any mechanical assembly will wear out.

Will it wear out before your life expires? Maybe…maybe not.

It depends on your home button pressing habits. But if you have ever taken your handset apart and looked, you would see what the parts are that cause the force threshold actuation.

The spring steel based plate would take a few presses….me-thinks.

However the biometric security scanner cover…the sapphire crystal might wear out as well. When that happens, touchID will cease to function, and you may or may not consider that as the ‘home button wearing out’

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Why wait?

Why not just replace the mechanical home button with a force-touch based sensor and call it something weird like…3DTouchID.

3DTouchID
3DTouchID

Don’t be too surprised when you see this come up in the rumor mill for the iPhone 7.

 

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