With the launch of the iPhone 7, Apple got rid of the old 3.5mm headphone jack, leaving many (hilariously) upset and annoyed. It turns out that Apple removed the home button, as well. Sort of. On older models, the home button was simply a button that you could press. Now, it uses 3D Touch, just like various interactions in iOS 10. This means that if your phone is off, you won’t feel it ‘click’. It doesn’t move. The haptic engine is what gives you an artificial click. It also means the home button will only respond to certain things, like skin or another capacitive material.
Some folks think this means that you won’t be able to wear gloves and use the home button, calling it “another reason [to] cast a stink eye in the direction of this new home button.” Although, the good folks over at iMore seemed to have debunked this myth, due to the fact that capacitive gloves actually exist.
Considering the fact that you can’t use the touchscreen in any way, shape, or form without skin contact, capacitive gloves, or other capacitive materials, this is not an issue. For my fellow New Yorkers and other northerners: don’t fret. You can get a pair of capacitive gloves from many brands, in various materials and thicknesses. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to use any gloves with TouchID (duh), but they should serve the rest of your iPhone touchscreen and home button needs.