While the new solid-state home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may be more durable than before, it doesn’t mean that it is unbreakable. Just like any mechanical parts, the “button” is prone to wear and tear, but if it malfunctions, you don’t have to worry about not being able to use your phone. According to reports, Apple can detect if the new Home button stops working, and automatically give you an onscreen button instead.
A MacRumors Forum user recently posted a picture showing a warning from Apple that “The home button may need service”. Apple will turn on the onscreen Home button, which looks similar to the Assistive Touch button available under the Accessibility settings. This may not be a major update, but it’s good to know that Apple has a backup plan so that you can continue using the phone even if the button breaks down.
Sadly though, it looks like this technology may be short-lived. Rumours are saying that Apple might ditch the physical home button entirely with the next iPhone. Next year would be the tenth anniversary for the iPhone, and everyone is expecting a major design overhaul such as an edge-to-edge display, and more.