iPhone 7: Apple has a Virtual Home button in case the actual one fails

Apple has an alternative software button that appears on display of iPhone 7, 7 Plus in case the physical home button fails to work.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: October 18, 2016 3:15 pm
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Apple has an alternative software button that appears on display of iPhone 7, 7 Plus in case the physical home button fails to work. The Cupertino giant introduced its re-engineered home button that offers haptic feedback with iPhone 7. However, one of the users faced an issue with the new home button when it stopped working unexpectedly.

“So plugged in my iPhone 7 to charge and it turned itself off. When I powered it back up this appeared on screen,” said ‘iwayne’ on MacRumors forum. But it was immediately replaced by a virtual on-screen button, which is similar to the Assistive Touch option which is part of the iOS software.  According to MacRumors, the haptic touch is deeply integrated in iOS 10 and immediately detects when there’s a problem with the iPhone 7’s home button.

The virtual home button can be seen at the bottom center of iPhone 7 screen accompanied with a message, “The Home Button May Need Service – In the meantime, you can use the onscreen Home button below.” The feature is automatically turned on whenever the physical Home Button malfunctions. “In this particular instance, it’s unclear what caused the iPhone 7 Home button to fail, though the user reports the warning first appeared after the device was plugged into a charger,” said the report in MacRumors.

Earlier reports have revealed Apple will ditch physical home button in favour of a virtual one in its 2017 iPhone. And according to MacRumors, ‘the iPhone 7’s solid state option is a way to ease users into the change.’

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Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were announced by the Cupertino giant on September 7. Both the smartphones get new pressure sensitive home button that uses haptic feedback mechanism. The re-engineered home button offers haptic feedback every time the user clicks on home button. The haptic feedback similar to the Force Touch trackpad seen on the latest Macs.