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iPhone 7 has a secret on-screen home button

iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, Jet Black
iPhone 7 has a secret on-screen home button
Apple brought three big changes in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, first and biggest was removing the headphone jack, followed by removing physical home button and replacing it with pressure sensitive home button. The third one was exclusive for iPhone 7 Plus, where a company has introduced dual rear camera in the device.

It was known to everyone that Apple has replaced the mechanical home button with a static one, but what was not known was,that  there is hidden on-screen home button, which you can use in case if your device home key starts malfunctioning.

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The feature is a safeguard inbuilt, in case anything goes wrong with your physical home button. Should this happen, the button problem will be detected and iOS 10 will offer up a temporary on-screen Home button to tide you over until you can get to the Genius Bar.

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The hidden button was noticed by a member of the MacRumors forum where he shared details of his discovery. User Iwayne plugged in his iPhone 7 to charge and was greeted by a message reading: "The Home Button May Need Service. In the meantime, you can use the on-screen Home button below". iwayne wrote:

“It worked at first then started spazzing out. The Haptic engine kept firing 3-4 times in a row for every "press". I restarted again and it's back to not working.”

Interestingly, the iPhone 7 automatically detected the problem and a new pop-up message with the title “The Home Button May Need Service’. Hence, the concerned user was able to make use of the temporary on-screen Home button. This will help users to work on the phone till the iPhone 7 goes to repair.
It's a part of an accessibility feature called Assistive Touch, and you can enable it yourself.
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch, then turn it on
  • Tell Siri: "Turn on Assistive Touch"
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut, and turn on Assistive Touch

Apple anticipated the problem well in advance

It’s interesting to note that Apple has smartly anticipated the probable exception issues and integrated the button on the display as a temporary measure. If you look at the background, Apple has integrated the feature in iOS 10 that automatically generates warning messages when the home button fails to work. You will be able to work with the phone till you take it to a nearest Apple service center.

According to Apple enthusiasts, most of the haptic feedback related problems attached to the Home button can be fixed by doing a hard reset of the iPhone.

We expect Apple is secretly testing the onscreen home button feature in iPhone 7. There are rumors that Apple iPhone 8 will ditch the physical home button since Apple is planning something bigger next year as part of the 10th anniversary.

The new Home button integrated on the recently released iPhone 7 reacts to pressure. It emits vibrating feedback to give the illusion of a physical press. Although the gadget freaks reacted to the new feature in a mixed fashion, the company had predicted possible problems which might erupt during the usage.

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