Apple\u2019s announcement of iOS 10 during the WWDC keynote was packed with new features and changes. And some of these included changes to how the Home screen functions.\nA savvy Apple redditor noticed the changes to the Home screen in iOS 10 and thought through what they might mean when combined with other things Apple has done over the last couple of years.\nI\u2019ll share my own thoughts below, but here\u2019s Chiddylang\u2019s take on the future of the Home button:\n\nSince the days of the iPhone 4\/4S, way back in the day (in technology years), it has been rumored that Apple will \/ wants to do away with the home button eventually but roughly half a decade later and here we still are with that perfectly circular, shiny sapphire covered button at the bottom of our devices.\nNow, I\u2019m not saying iOS 10 is specifically killing the home button in the near future, some of the things I\u2019m listing later have been implemented in earlier updates, but it is another big step in that direction.\nThe Home button was first introduced as a way to take you back to the home screen (obviously) from wherever you are on your phone as Steve Jobs mentioned when he introduced the OG iPhone. Another feature was the process of double clicking the home button to bring up the music controls\u2026\n\u2026Apple released the 6S with the revolutionary new way to interact with your phone called 3D Touch. This brought the additional gestures of a harder push to normal screen touches. One of which was the new way to activate multitasking. Hard pressing the left side of your screen now activates the multitasking view and you can even just continue sliding until you\u2019re at the previous app you had launched. Personally, I find this way a whole lot better than reaching down to the home button when I want to switch apps quickly but thats anecdotal.\nAlso included in the announcement of the 6S was \u201cHey Siri\u201d hands free activation. No longer do you have to hold down the home button, just say \u201cHey Siri\u201d and she\u2019s listening.\nAnd of course, yesterday Apple introduced iOS 10 at WWDC 2016. A new feature that is gaining a lot of attention is the new lock screen changes. One of which is raise to wake. The new Touch ID is partly to blame for this feature, but just lifting your phone up will make the screen come awake.\nNow take a step back and think about what the home button was used for originally:\nOne click \u2013> wake phone \/ go to home screen\nDouble click \u2013> multitasking \/ media controls\nHold click \u2013> activate voice assistant \/ Siri\nAnd what can be achieved without it with iOS 10 on a 6S:\nWake phone \u2013> Raise phone up to do this now\nMultitasking view \u2013> 3D Touch from left side\nMedia controls \u2013> Swipe up for control center (and slide over for iOS 10)\nActivate Siri \u2013> \u201cHey Siri\u201d No hands needed\nThis struck me as crazy when I first thought about it to be honest. Apple is actively trying to make the home button less and less useful until it can do away with it. The only thing in their way is 1) how to get back to the home screen (without using multitasking view) and 2) the need for people to update their devices to 3D Touch enabled devices. Of course Apple still needs to add it to iPads but thats a different story.\nWith some patents alluding to moving Touch ID to the screen, it is safe to say Apple is well on their way to ridding the iPhone of bezels, as well as forgoing a home button in 1\u20132 years time (not including this year). We\u2019ve come a long way since the 2007 iPhone and it\u2019s crazy to think about how differently we interact with our phones today compared to then.\nMore at Reddit\n\nRumors and iOS 10 indicate that the Home button is going away\nI think that the Apple redditor is on the right track about the Home button. Apple is clearly laying the groundwork, slowly but surely, to get rid of it in a future version of the iPhone.\nEverything Apple is doing with iOS 10 dovetails nicely with rumors about the 2017 iPhone. These rumors include a phone with an edge to edge curved display, with Touch ID built into the screen and with no Home button.\n MacRumors \nOf course it\u2019s always wise to take Apple rumors with a huge grain of salt. Only Tim Cook and his team really know what\u2019s coming in the 2017 iPhone, but that release also coincides with the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. So it would not surprise me if Apple is pulling out all the stops to release a completely redesigned iPhone that will shatter people\u2019s expectations.\nAnd if we think about everything that the Apple redditor listed, along with all of the rumors, and we consider the features in iOS 10, it all seems to add up to the end of the Home button.\nGood riddance to the iPhone\u2019s Home button\nI won\u2019t shed any tears if Apple releases an iPhone (and iPads) without the Home button. I grew tired of it a while ago, and I hardly use for anything except Touch ID. The iPhone 6s Plus 3D Touch multitasking makes it faster to get to the home screen without having to press the Home button.\nAnd if getting rid of the Home button means Apple can shrink or remove the iPhone\u2019s bezels entirely then it will be a big step forward in shrinking the overly large footprint of the iPhone.\nWe\u2019ll have to wait and see how all of this plays out, but it sure seems like Apple is quietly laying the groundwork for the end of the Home button. And, frankly, it can\u2019t come soon enough for me.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.