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Here's Apple's workaround when your iPhone 7 home button fails

An on-screen button fills in while you're waiting to get your phone fixed.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 15, 2016
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The iPhone 7's non-moving home button may feel odd at first, but it has its perks... especially if it ever stops working. MacRumors forum goer iwayne has shown that the new iPhone will give you an on-screen home button (along with a warning that you may need repairs) if it thinks the physical key is broken. While that's not much consolation if your phone needs to be fixed, it does mean that you can keep using your device in a relatively normal way while you're waiting for your Genius Bar appointment.

The technology may be short-lived when there are reports of Apple possibly ditching physical home buttons entirely with the next iPhone. However, it's not hard to see why Apple would push for a motionless button in the short term. It's not just the customizable haptic feedback -- the new design is theoretically less likely to break (since it doesn't click down) and reduces the pressure to get an immediate fix. That helps Apple's bottom line, of course, but it may also make you a happier owner in the long term.

The iPhone 7's home button failure warning

Image credit: iwayne, MacRumors Forums

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