The new tap tic engine pressure
touch sensitive home button on the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus requires skin contact to
work otherwise it won’t work without skin contact or touch. As noticed by Myke Hurley from Daringfireball it looks like the Pressure Sensitive Home button
needs skin contact so it won’t work with gloves, which could be a major
issue for users during wintertime.
So here’s a thing. Cover your
iPhone 7 home button with material (like from a t-shirt) and try to click it.
The new tap tic engine pressure touch sensitive home button on the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus requires skin contact to work otherwise it won’t work without skin contact or touch
Daring Fireball’s John
Gruber notes, “It’s the capacitive ring around the
Touch ID sensor that needs contact with skin – that’s what turns on the sensor.
This means no home button clicking while wearing gloves – yet another reason
cast a stink eye in the direction of this new home button.”
This may become a problem for
those in colder climates who will soon be wearing gloves. Early reports suggest
that even capacitive touch gloves don’t work.

With this issue, David Smith founder of Developing Perspective also tweets: Just tried my “capacitive touch” gloves,
no dice. Looks like we’ll all be using assistive touch this winter.

So Apple should give attention on it and fix this issue with an upcoming
software update, as it might be difficult for users if they can’t use the Home
button while wearing gloves during winter time.