Actor Chris Evans got rid of his iPhone 6s last month, but says that he still misses its physical Home button. Evans created ripples after announcing on social media that he was finally upgrading from his ancient iPhone 6s. While he didn’t reveal the make or model of his new iPhone, an image posted on Instagram suggests that it could be the iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max. At that time, he was already bemoaning the lack of the physical Home button on his new phone, but said he was happy to move on from the iPhone 6s due to its poor camera quality, slow charging, and abysmal battery life.
Originally launched in 2015, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were discontinued after the announcement of the iPhone XS and XS Max in 2018. The devices don the older smartphone design language with thick bezels and a physical Home button, neither of which can be found on modern iPhones, apart from the iPhone SE (2022). The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have also reached their end-of-life in terms of software support, with Apple recently confirming that neither of these two devices will receive the iOS 16 update.
Speaking to reporters during the promotional tour for the Netflix film The Gray Man, Evans said that his new phone is too heavy and that he still misses the physical Home button of his iPhone 6s. Taking to Collider, he also joked that complaining about missing his 2015-era device makes him a “dinosaur,” but insisted that the lack of a physical Home button on his new device is a problem. Collider had previously confirmed that Evans had switched to an iPhone 12 model, and from the three cameras visible on the back, it definitely looks like a Pro variant. The iPhone 12 Pro models aren’t even officially on sale anymore, so it’s unclear where Evans bought it, and why he didn’t just upgrade to the iPhone 13 instead.
Evans also revealed that many people advised him to get the iPhone SE due to his love for the Home button, but he didn’t want that device and instead, wanted his trusty old iPhone 6s. While the physical Home button has its fans, it is a relic of the past as far as smartphone design is concerned, and it’s unlikely that Apple will ever bring it back to its flagship devices.
However, people seeking a Home button in their iPhone can still recreate that classic experience by using Apple’s Accessibility features. To add a Home button to a modern iPhone, go into the iPhone’s Settings app, and then select ‘Accessibility.’ Next, tap on ‘Touch,’ choose ‘Assistive Touch,’ and then switch on the toggle button at the top of the menu. Now simply choose ‘Home‘ as the single-tap action to set up a virtual Home button in the iPhone. It may not bring back the physical Home button, but it’s the only alternative for people like Chris Evans who aren’t a fan of gesture controls.