iPhone 7’s New Home Button Missed a Major Feature, But There is Already a Fix

Apple iPhone 7 features a redesigned home button. It’s no longer a physical button. The new iPhone 7 home button uses haptic feedback, which means a motor simulates the feeling of the button being clicked. The fully customizable Home button uses force sensors and Taptic Engine and doesn’t move when pressed. The iPhone 7 Home Button retains almost all its features, and the Taptic Engine API allow apps to add more. However, there is one loss, though.

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Users will no longer be able to force a reboot by holding down the power/standby button and the home button, simultaneously. Ideally, the new home button will work, when the iPhone needs to be turned on. However, if an iPhone is frozen, it won’t recognize home button presses. You’ll be able to take a screenshot, though. The difference being that iPhone is powered on while you’re grabbing a screen.

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The iPhone 7 home button can still be used for Touch ID, Apple Pay, Siri, multitasking, etc. You’ll be also able to get out of apps and return to the home screen.

Don’t worry, a solution is already in place. Now, you can reboot your iPhone by holding the power/standby button and the volume down button simultaneously. This option also allows you to put the iPhone 7 in DFU mode.

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To reboot your iPhone 7, just press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side. While doing so, press and hold the volume down button on the left side. Once you hold both buttons, the screen turns off and eventually turns back on.

To put your iPhone 7 into DFU mode, plug in your iPhone 7 to PC and turn off the iPhone. Make sure iTunes is running. Then, just press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side for 3 seconds. While doing so, press and hold down the volume down button on the left side. Hold both buttons down for 10 seconds. Don’t prolong it or the iPhone 7 will need to start again.

Next, let go of the On/Off Button but keep holding the volume down button for about 5 seconds. Again, if you hold it too long, you’ll see the ‘Plug into iTunes’ screen, and will have to start again. Ideally, the screen should stay black as your iPhone 7 enters in DFU mode.

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