Downgrading to an iPhone 8 after an iPhone X: The Home button just feels clunky

“Temporarily using an iPhone 8 has provided a new perspective on the iPhone X series – and really underlined just how far Apple’s iPhone design process has come,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “So, in a couple of days of use, which of the differences has really stood out?”

“I’ll start with one difference that really hasn’t: OLED versus LCD displays. To be honest, I think this has been massively overblown. Apple’s LCD screens have always been excellent, and the iPhone 8 one is no exception,” Lovejoy writes. “There hasn’t been a single moment when I’ve looked at the iPhone 8 screen and missed the iPhone X one – or even noticed any difference at all.”

Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, powered by Apple's amazing A11 Bionic chip
Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

The Apple A11 Bionic-powered iPhone X
Apple’s iPhone X

“However, there is one iPhone X feature I miss massively – and that’s Face ID. To me, the difference is night-and-day. Somewhat for unlocking the phone. Swiping up on the iPhone X can be done very casually, and Face ID unlocks instantly; having to position a thumb on the Touch ID button feels clunkier in comparison. But much more for apps. I use Face ID with my banking apps, for example, and on the iPhone X I just open the app, briefly see the Face ID unlock confirmation and I’m in. It’s absolutely seamless, and the feeling is as if there’s no security step at all,” Lovejoy writes. “There’s also the Home button. I’m really used to just swiping up with my thumb to return to the Home screen, or to force-quit an app, and using the Home button to do it again feels clunky.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s tough sledding to go backwards. That Home button is the ultimate flow interrupter after you’ve used an X-class iPhone or iPad for any amount of time.

Once you use an X-class iPhone (or iPad) you can never go back. The gesture-based flow of iOS is just too smooth and efficient to ever deal with the constant interruption of the Home button anachronism, “Click me, click me, click me…” ad infinitum. — MacDailyNews, May 15, 2019

Related articles:
Apple iPhones may get full-screen Touch ID in 2020; possible all-new iPhone SE coming, too – May 24, 2019
5 signs that you need to replace your iPhone – May 15, 2019


  1. For the same reasons I cannot go back. Face ID and swiping up are now second nature. Using my partner’s earlier model is comparative torture….

  2. iPhone 7 onwards has a really stupid button – I know you’re supposed to ‘get used to it’ but um.. it just feels weird. Obviously gesture controls are going to better than that – the iPhone 5S was also better than that.

  3. IF swiping up returned me home every. single. time I did it, I’d agree. However, I can’t even begin to say how many times I’ve been in apps and swiped up and swiped up and swiped up and again, only to FINALLY be returned Home. Home button always worked for me. Swiping does not. Talk about a flow interruption? It wasn’t a Home button.

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