With the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple redesigns the hardware of his iconic home button changing its mechanism and introducing a Taptic Motor that mimics the traditional “click” of previous models with the pressure sensitive.
The programming that controls the Taptic Engine is integrated into the software of iOS 10. In fact, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus are able to detect when the home button is failing to provide a temporary solution.
And this temporary solution it is a virtual home button hidden in the system. As announce from MacRumors if the physical button has a problem a window appears on the screen with the following message:
“THE HOME BUTTON MAY NEED A REPAIR. IN THE MEANTIME,
YOU CAN USE THE HOME BUTTON ON THE SCREEN
OF DOWN HERE.”
As you can see in the image shared, the button Secret of iOS 10 is very similar to the virtual home button of the options of accessibility of the iPhone and iPad. However, so far no mobile device of Apple was able to automatically detect a failure in the start button.
Previously, it has also been discovered that the Taptic Engine of the iPhone 7 you can get to fail if the operating system crashes, which is why Apple decided to change the method of forced reboot of the terminal.
On the other hand, it is rumored that the iPhone 8 could remove completely the iconic home button to offer a virtual button on the screen. But obviously, it wouldn’t be similar to the secret button of iOS 10 of which we speak today. It is also speculated that the new home button of the iPhone 8 could be embedded in the carcass of the device, but maybe the users would miss the feeling of pressure on the same.