iPhone 7 Home Button Requires Skin Contact to Work

iPhone 7 Home Button Requires Skin Contact to Work

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The new touch sensitive home button on the iPhone 7 requires skin contact to work.

Myke Hurley of Relay FM noticed the issue earlier today.

So here's a thing. Cover your iPhone 7 home button with material (like from a t-shirt) and try to click it.

I think I worked it out, the TouchID sensor is what's making the connection. No sensor connection, no click.

This may become a problem for those in colder climates who will soon be wearing gloves. Early reports suggest that even capacitive touch gloves don't work.

David Smith founder of Developing Perspective tweets:

Just tried my “capacitive touch” gloves, no dice. Looks like we’ll all be using assistive touch this winter.

Daring Fireball's John Gruber notes, "It’s the capacitive ring around the Touch ID sensor that needs contact with skin — that’s what turns on the sensor. This means no home button clicking while wearing gloves — yet another reason cast a stink eye in the direction of this new home button."

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iPhone 7 Home Button Requires Skin Contact to Work
Bob Loblaw - September 17, 2016 at 7:02pm
Meanwhile at Samsung... BOOM!!!
Everybody wonders - September 18, 2016 at 12:49pm
And another one bites the dust.
ViewRoyal - September 17, 2016 at 4:32pm
You can't use ANY smartphone if you are wearing gloves. If you are wearing gloves, the fingerprint reader (to unlock the phone) won't be able to read your fingerprints! If you are wearing gloves (except for special ones made for using touch-screens) you can't use the touch-screen on any smartphone to unlock it, or to use the apps.
MacSteph - September 17, 2016 at 4:03pm
Not an issue for me, folks. I take this in order to get better water and dust protection any time...
Justin T - September 17, 2016 at 12:38pm
My capacitive touch gloves work just fine. Just tried them.
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