1. denzilla's Avatar
    Having used my iPhone for a few weeks, I feel from a usability/durability standpoint, the Home button (and any new buttons) should be a capacitive/non mechanical. Not sure if the fingerprint sensor can be integrated into such a button, but it would be a much better solution if it could. No moving part to wear, one less place for dirt to work its way into the phone, and it would just work better, IMO.

    A dedicated search button beside the Home button would also eliminate the need to long-press to bring up Siri and would encourage more usage of Siri as she could be activated quicker. Adding a multitasking button would eliminate the double press and allow faster switching between apps.

    I understand that putting 3 buttons on the face might go against some perception of simplicity, but if it works better and speeds things up, why not?
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    02-21-2015 07:34 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    No thanks. The iPhone is fine as it is. It doesn't need to be more like those other platforms...which are not better in my opinion...they're different. And different is good.
    02-21-2015 08:27 PM
  3. denzilla's Avatar
    No thanks. The iPhone is fine as it is. It doesn't need to be more like those other platforms...which are not better in my opinion...they're different. And different is good.
    I wasn't eluding to the notion that the other platforms are "better" but my observation is that they do perform better in regards to these specific functions.

    Out of curiosity, do you have specific reasons for being against these additions? Honest question, not trolling.
    02-21-2015 08:43 PM
  4. kch50428's Avatar
    Those additions are not needed on iPhones. Because if people wish those features, they can get them on those other phones. The iPhone is everything I need, and works fine for me as it is.
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    02-21-2015 08:52 PM
  5. denzilla's Avatar
    Those additions are not needed on iPhones. Because if people wish those features, they can get them on those other phones. The iPhone is everything I need, and works fine for me as it is.
    You could apply that logic to the silent/vibrate switch. Doesn't really have a need to exist because you could simply hold the volume keys down until it switched to silent mode. Would you be somewhat irritated if Apple removed it in the next hardware revision? My take of the switch is that it adds convenience and speeds up the selection of the function. Same applies here with face buttons. It is true that you can over complicate something if you go blindly adding things without direction, but I only see positives to these changes.

    In time, features you don't currently have will be included in both the hardware and software. Things will change even though what you have today works for you. I respect your opinion, of course
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    02-21-2015 09:06 PM
  6. kazp3r17's Avatar
    I wasn't eluding to the notion that the other platforms are "better" but my observation is that they do perform better in regards to these specific functions.

    Out of curiosity, do you have specific reasons for being against these additions? Honest question, not trolling.
    Hmmm I agree with krh. I was a avid Android user since the htc hero and Samsung moment which were my first two androids.

    Yes I miss having the menu and search buttons at the bottom but at times they would go unresponsive. You also have to think about the amount of functions you have already with just the 1 button (which are most of the necessities) compared to the 3 most androids have.




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    02-21-2015 09:12 PM
  7. TheRewardisCheese's Avatar
    No thanks. The iPhone is fine as it is. It doesn't need to be more like those other platforms...which are not better in my opinion...they're different. And different is good.
    Different is definitely good. Its great to have choices. Keeps competition and innovation healthy.
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    02-21-2015 09:18 PM
  8. denzilla's Avatar
    Hmmm I agree with krh. I was a avid Android user since the htc hero and Samsung moment which were my first two androids.

    Yes I miss having the menu and search buttons at the bottom but at times they would go unresponsive. You also have to think about the amount of functions you have already with just the 1 button (which are most of the necessities) compared to the 3 most androids have.




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    Are you sure the buttons were the problem or Android itself being hung, rendering the buttons useless? The reason I ask is that I used a WP for two years and never had that problem with its three capacitive buttons. When my computer hangs up for whatever reason, the keyboard/mouse may also cease to function. My iPhones Home button has failed to wake the phone on the first press on more than one occasion. I chalk it up to a software issue because I've read about others having the same problem.

    Yes, the Home button provides most of the functionality of three separate buttons, but this simplicity comes at the cost of speed/ease of use. You admit yourself that you miss the extra buttons. If they could be added to the iPhone and work reliably, you'd want them, right?
    02-21-2015 10:10 PM
  9. Flow39's Avatar
    I like the iPhone just how it is. If I could change one thing about it though, it would be to slim down the bezels.
    nikkisharif likes this.
    02-21-2015 10:10 PM
  10. denzilla's Avatar
    They could definitely shave some off the top.
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    02-21-2015 10:29 PM
  11. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Having used my iPhone for a few weeks, I feel from a usability/durability standpoint, the Home button (and any new buttons) should be a capacitive/non mechanical. Not sure if the fingerprint sensor can be integrated into such a button, but it would be a much better solution if it could. No moving part to wear, one less place for dirt to work its way into the phone, and it would just work better, IMO.

    A dedicated search button beside the Home button would also eliminate the need to long-press to bring up Siri and would encourage more usage of Siri as she could be activated quicker. Adding a multitasking button would eliminate the double press and allow faster switching between apps.

    I understand that putting 3 buttons on the face might go against some perception of simplicity, but if it works better and speeds things up, why not?
    IMO, I like having just the one button. 1) As far as capacitive vs mechanical buttons, I prefer the feel of a "real" button. I've had iPhones and iPads since the beginning (except for the 1st iPhone) and I've never had any trouble with it getting dirt in it or it failing to work or wearing out. 2) I sometimes long press to bring up Siri to search and/or open an app on the phone, but usually I just swipe down in the middle of the screen to bring up Spotlight and search for the app that way and 3) to me, I don't see how a dedicated multitasking button would be quicker than a double press if the home button for app switching. The app I'm switching to is most likely to be one of the most recently opened, so it's a double press of the home button and tap on the app to switch to. One swipe right to left (at most) to get to the app I'm switching to.
    And I just prefer be aesthetic look of one button. I was even happy with TouchId not just because the fingerprint unlock is cool, but because it eliminated the little symbol printed on the button in non-TouchId iPhones. So having three buttons each win a little symbol printed on them is not the look I prefer.
    02-22-2015 02:04 AM
  12. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I like the design of the iPhone best out of all my devices. Which is the reason it's my daily driver.
    I would not change the buttons. It works fine for me.
    As far as aesthetics, it's an iconic design. Leave it be, as far as I'm concerned.


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    02-22-2015 03:46 AM
  13. grover5's Avatar
    I don't like the physical button on my iPad. It feels clunky and dated.

    Posted via the iMore App for Android
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    02-22-2015 03:52 AM
  14. rdubmu's Avatar
    I would love to have a dedicated search button, camera button on the iPhone. I am all about having the best device. Thou some may say they like the iPhone just the way it is made, if they did add features like this, the same people would be all for it.

    If windows phone had more apps and better devices, it would be almost a no compromise device. The iPhone does have compromises but, it has the least right now over all other devices imho. I would be all for improving the iphone
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    02-22-2015 10:54 AM
  15. HAWK's Avatar
    My favourite part of android as of last week is the way it slides across the highway


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    02-22-2015 12:00 PM
  16. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    My favourite part of android as of last week is the way it slides across the highway


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    LOL
    02-22-2015 12:45 PM
  17. denzilla's Avatar
    That's pretty damn funny, right there!
    02-22-2015 01:24 PM
  18. kch50428's Avatar
    Thou some may say they like the iPhone just the way it is made, if they did add features like this, the same people would be all for it.
    Not I. Please, don't speak for anyone but yourself.
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    02-22-2015 01:28 PM
  19. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    A physical home button is one of my favorite things about the iPhone. I could deal with the home button not being physical but in no way would I want it surrounded by two other buttons. Too many accidental hits and overall clunkiness. I find bringing down Spotlight a much more practical way of universal searching on the phone and quite frankly I think the shortcut to Siri right now is easier than tapping a search button because the tap of a search button would probably also entail a long press for Siri.

    And I'd really hate not having a switch for Sound/Vibrate. Using my volume keys to get to silent isn't as convenient as reaching into my pocket and just using the switch without even having to bring my phone out.

    These are not things that Android and Windows Phone do better.
    02-22-2015 01:46 PM
  20. AugustVance's Avatar
    In all honesty, You are on the right track but so far off as well.

    With the 6plus and reachability. To me, it seems apple is testing the capacitive button world.

    Although instead of having 3 separate buttons all we would need is one capacitive home button.

    3 gestures to get what we need.

    1. Long press to bring up siri.
    2. Single click to go back to the home screen.
    3. double tap/triple tap to either bring up multitasking or reachability.
    02-22-2015 02:43 PM
  21. denzilla's Avatar

    And I'd really hate not having a switch for Sound/Vibrate. Using my volume keys to get to silent isn't as convenient as reaching into my pocket and just using the switch without even having to bring my phone out.

    These are not things that Android and Windows Phone do better.
    I don't want the silent switch to go away. I was using its removal as an example/counter argument with kch.
    02-22-2015 03:50 PM
  22. HankAZ's Avatar
    I would love to have a dedicated search button, camera button on the iPhone. I am all about having the best device. Thou some may say they like the iPhone just the way it is made, if they did add features like this, the same people would be all for it.
    And by Apple leaving it like it is (and has been for 8 iterations), they would find many all for it. No need to "fix" what isn't broken.

    BTW, I've been using an HTC Desire (610) and a Moto Droid 3 to test an app that we are working on for both iOS and Android. After about a week, I still find the inconsistencies in button design across the Android devices confusing. So in that regard, I'm still looking to see what Android does better. From where I sit, that's not snarky, it's simply fact.
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    02-22-2015 04:23 PM
  23. denzilla's Avatar
    And by Apple leaving it like it is (and has been for 8 iterations), they would find many all for it. No need to "fix" what isn't broken.

    BTW, I've been using an HTC Desire (610) and a Moto Droid 3 to test an app that we are working on for both iOS and Android. After about a week, I still find the inconsistencies in button design across the Android devices confusing. So in that regard, I'm still looking to see what Android does better. From where I sit, that's not snarky, it's simply fact.
    Just because Android hardware manufacturers took a decent idea and screwed it up across device iterations doesn't Apple would make the same mistake. Apple prides itself on style after all. If they adopted a 3 button config, I'm sure its design/execution would be the same across their whole line up.
    02-22-2015 04:48 PM
  24. kch50428's Avatar
    There's no need for Apple to"fix" what ain't broke. That's the whole point... You think Apple needs to do something... Well, then... tell'em... Apple - Feedback ...campaining for it here is a half step above pointless...
    BreakingKayfabe likes this.
    02-22-2015 05:00 PM
  25. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    No matter how well Apple would design those three buttons they'd still be clutter. Like Keith said, why would Apple adopt that as a fix for something that works really great? There's no fix.
    02-22-2015 05:03 PM
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