Apple explains how iPhone 7 Home button/trackpad works, screwing capacitive glove owners

I am seeing reports coming in that the new iPhone 7 Home button does not work with capacitive touch gloves or if your finger is covered with any kind of material.

I think I know the reason. From what I remember about Tim Cook introducing iPhone 7, he said that now Home button works kinda like a track pad. You can swipe on it, and it does things depending on which way you swipe.

Well, Apple did describe the process of turning a Home button into a track pad years ago in a patent application. And the way to do it – is to track the movement of a pictures TouchID generates real fast and infer an actions from that.


Pretty cool, no?

But, it means that for all the new iPhone 7 owners those capacitive touch gloves won’t work as intended on iPhone 7 for that additional trackpad stuff. iMore says it works OK for the old things.

Btw, there are also tons of hints in that Apple patent article about what the next year’s iPhone may bring, and how the whole thing may work. Do check it out.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

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