If the iPhone 7 removes the Home button it will become less accessible

May 19th, 2016 | by dnw |

Techinsider recently posted a roundup of rumours expected for the iPhone 7.

One in particular has me worried for the future if it comes to fruition.

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It’s rumoured the home button could be replaced by a touch sensor.

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Not being able to have a physical button to press would spell the end of the phone’s usefulness for anyone using a stick or other part of their body to go home on an iPhone. For example, I use my knuckle as my fingers are permanently bent.

Maybe the touch sensor would be able to recognise my knuckle-print? I might give it a try. However accessibility is about providing options for characteristics a person cannot change – every time an option is removed is a time a device becomes that little bit less accessible.

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  1. One Response to “If the iPhone 7 removes the Home button it will become less accessible”

  2. By Rob Boutmy on May 19, 2016 | Reply

    I think that’s a problem with a lot of tech these days. I stopped using smartphones an use a old Nokia phone with buttons. On my pc I’ve installed BlueStacks to simulate Android environment for Whats app etc.

    Same problem I did encounter with the new netbooks/laptops. The touchpads have integrated mouse buttons, which are not actually buttons anymore. I work around this problem with a a fixed travel mouse on the side with the buttons towards me. So I use the touchpad to move the mouse arrow (with the side of my hand) and the buttons of the fixed mouse. I use a stick attached to a hand brace.

    Kind regards at keep up the good work!
    Rob.

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