iPhone Home Button That Transforms Into Gaming Joystick

Mitchel Broussard:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published an Apple patent application revealing the company’s interest in an iPhone or iPad home button that transitions form its normal functionality into a small joystick for gaming.

What a brilliant idea. One button that does so many things is what I love most about my iPhone. From a fingerprint reader1, to always bringing me to the home screen, to Siri, to multitasking—and now, possibly, becoming an analog joystick for gaming.


  1. Not only to unlock my phone, but also to get to secure information. I love that developers are starting to add this into their apps. Some of my most precious information (passwords, bank account, journal) are locked behind my fingerprint.


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