by Graham Pierrepoint
Of all the changes made to Apple’s trailblazing iPhone line over the years, those introduced with their latest model, the iPhone 7, appear to be causing more discussion than most. While the new model boasts dust and water protection up to a certain depth and coverage, many users have criticized the removal of the traditional headphone jack for a lightning connector, something which was allegedly on the cards for some time – but another change to the hardware has been picked up on by users in recent days, and it’s bad news for anyone in colder climates or, in fact, for any users as we approach winter.
While previous iPhone models boasted a ‘home screen’ button that clicked in when pressed, the iPhone 7 features a pressure-sensitive key that vibrates when activated. Some users may miss the click of the older models, but there’s a larger concern at stake – it has been found that if you are pressing the home screen button with material between the button and your thumb or finger, the smartphone simply will not respond. It’s an infuriating new feature that many have taken to social media to discuss at length.
This, of course, potentially means that anyone wishing to unlock their device while wearing gloves will simply be unable to – meaning that colder months and climates will necessitate cold hands if they are to make use of the iPhone 7. The issue may be a rather minor concern on paper, however, for many users it is a legitimate bugbear – and not the first that Apple has faced in recent weeks.
While the iPhone 7 has proven to once again be a huge seller for Apple, it is a model that has caused perhaps more outspoken division than any other – the diversion away from the headphone jack coupled with the home screen button problems may be enough to put off certain users, however, it’s clear that Apple’s core audience is still ready and willing to support the brand and their innovations. Coupled with concern regarding their wireless AirPods, however, it is has been a particularly bumpy ride for the corporation in the media as of late – but it’s highly likely that such concerns will cool down once the iPhone 7 settles in and finds its place on the market – even though one or two of its features may irritate some long-term iPhone users.