It's almost like you didn't read anything but the headline and then proceeded to post without thinking...
It's almost like you didn't read anything but my post and then proceeded to post without thinking...
I read the article. You apparently, have not.
It's almost like you think that the UI, including the one that would be brought up by a mechanical "Home" button to enter a passcode, doesn't require capacitive coupling to enter the passcode...
So you wear the capacitive gloves, you "press" the virtual button (which can't read a fingerprint through the glove anyway), and, just as if you were using an iPhone with a mechanical button with gloves on, you use your capacitive gloves to input the passcode.
They are bitching about having to have something *before* pressing the capacitive button, which they have to have anyway *after* pressing the mechanical button, just so they have something to bitch about the switch from a mechanical to a capacitive button.
To be *crystal clear*, the only ones impacted are going to be Siri-only users who run around with their iPhones always unlocked.
This may somewhat impact blind users of iPhones, who might be in that small group, but it's no worse than the pre-Siri (or early Siri) days, where there really wasn't any accessibility for the things at all, or where you could use Siri, but then Siri would futz up on you, more often than not.
I suppose that we could also be concerned about people with artificial limbs, who, if they have not been retrofit with **technology I invented while at Google, and then gave away, rather than patenting**, can't capacitively couple at all, and so are utterly incapable of using touch-screen devices.
But then, this is a general problem of touch screen devices being disability unfriendly.
And I suppose we should also include people who are unable to utilize multitouch for gestures -- like those who have artificial limbs, but can't make more than 1-finger gestures, even if their artificial limbs *have* been retrofit to support capacitive coupling.
I suppose which of the above applies depends on what you are actually whining about.