One of the major reasons which Android and other operating system users really push as their motive behind not choosing Apple smartphones is the lack of a back button. Unsurprisingly, it is quite common and understandable. For many Apple iPhone users, iOS was not always their first choice. Coming over from other OS’, there certainly is that feel about no longer having a back button – making navigation for them a hassle.
Honestly, it still is something most Apple users would not like to admit but really think about on the inside. So, this forces us to ask ourselves and maybe even point it out to Apple: why don’t Apple smartphones have back buttons? It would certainly make life a whole lot easier for many people who prefer the iOS platform over others like Android and Windows.
But, the Apple iPhone does have a Back Button. Right?
The back button that Apple introduced in the iOS 9 update really isn’t a back button, that’s for sure. For those of you who are not clear of what we are talking about, take a look at the screenshot below. It really is just a tiny little back button on top of your left screen which comes about from switching apps and isn’t always readily available. Plus, you have to really reach up there to access it – not always the most comfortable thing to do.
How about the Assistive Touch?
Don’t get us wrong here, but we think the Assistive Touch option is great on the latest iOS updates. It is easy to use, gets you back to the home screen and even has the much-needed multitasking option without having to destroy your iPhone home button. It is also capable of allowing users to customize which features they want to use. Again, it still is not as convenient as a physical touch button most smartphones are equipped with nowadays.
If you haven’t explored the assistive touch option on your iPhone yet, make sure you check it out by going into: Settings à General à Accessibility à AssistiveTouch and turn it on. Makes the iOS experience much better, well at least for most users.
Forgiving the Apple iPhone Home Button
Time will tell about the new sensor home button in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ durability, but for those who have had Apple smartphones for years know how scary pressing the home button again and again can be. There have been numerous home button malfunctioning horror stories we would not wish for our greatest of enemies, furthering the need for a real back button.
9to5Mac even did a great review on BoxWave’s new glass “ClearTouch SmartButtons” screen protector which has embedded sensors near the physical iPhone home button that reach up to the back keys when pressed. It truly is an innovative way to bring some comfort to Apple users and is the closest we are for now to an actual back button.
We at TechBizWeb have not yet had the chance to test it out for ourselves yet, but will definitely put up a story if we manage to get our hands on one.
Anyways, as much as we know about Apple, there may never be a back button. Especially since Apple is all about taking out the old (even if people like the old) as we saw with the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and bringing in the new? We’re not really so sure about that.
Eager to see what the next iPhone may have? We’ve done a great feature on some of the latest rumors and predictions about the iPhone 8.
If you think Apple should or should not have a physical back button on their next smartphone line-up, let us know in the comment section below. You never know, maybe someone at Apple might be reading.