Pressing on: How Apple evolved and eliminated the iPhone’s home button over a decade
When the original iPhone was unveiled in January 2007, Steve Jobs introduced its signature home button with a succinct pitch: “It takes you home from wherever you are. And that’s it.” Such a simple explanation seems striking today. Not only would the home button evolve into a Swiss Army Knife of functions, but it would become the iconic face of the iPhone itself, making it instantly recognizable even from a distance.
Ten years later, the home button has been put through its paces. It’s old, bloated with features, and taking …