“What has been done will happen again, what has been done will happen again; there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9
Apple will bring back the iPhone Home button. I know this as well as I know the spring will follow the winter; I also know that death will follow life.
I make this prediction shortly after Supply Chain Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and expect Next year’s iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max versions will move from clickable volume and power buttons to solid-state “buttons,” similar to the Home “button” found on the iPhone 7. These “buttons” are called solid-state due to the fact that they have no parts Animated, they are actually not clickable, but give the illusion of clicking using Apple’s Taptic Engine. On the iPhone 7, they looked like a Home button and allowed you to unlock the phone with your fingerprint. They’re meant to gently wean you away from something you still want: a button. The phone, if revealed as predicted by Kuo, will be completely buttonless, though not functional.
I expect that shortly after replacing the power and volume buttons with solid-state “buttons,” Apple will remove their clickable aspect entirely. They did not learn the lesson from this terrible thing Macbook Pro version I have, they will make these items accessible only by touch screen. This would be horrible and everyone would hate it. Apple will try to make improvements. They will fail. And eventually, as they did with the traditional function keys on the Macbook Pro, they’ll bring back buttons.
I understand that going back to buttons can be hard to imagine, as it goes against the four core goals that Apple tries to hit with each new iPhone iteration:
- harder to use
- more annoying
Yes, they would actually have to give up at least some of those items to allow the button’s return. We may have to wait until the iPhone is less dominant in the mobile market, at which point it will be humble enough to admit it was wrong. We might even have to wait for Tim Cook to die, and of course he might be RIP then. But the button will return to us.
Why would the button return? Because it’s better. There is only so far you can go in the opposite direction for the better before you have to swing or die. People love buttons because they tend to work. You just have to click on it. You don’t have to look to see where they are. You don’t have to hold your phone in front of your face. You don’t have to use gestures. You just click. If you want a theme everyone can agree on at the Thanksgiving table, I suggest this: “Apple should bring back the Home button on the iPhone.”
Foldable phones are back, and in fact there are Rumors Apple itself will release one soon 2024. They came back because they were so good. Last year, Apple announced its return to the magnetic charger, because the non-magnetic charger was clearly bad. Ideally, Apple would also bring back the headphone jack, but that seems less likely to me. (Although every other phone has accidentally given away its jack, it may be Apple’s duty to be the only phone that has it and allows you to listen to music with ease. They could call it ummm…gate bop.)
While some might dismiss this prediction as a prediction of an old person clinging to the past, I trust those with sufficient insight will see it as a beautiful, almost ageless goddess who can see multiple steps into the future. Water finds its own level. The button will return.
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