You can’t use iPhone 7’s home button with gloves on
Beside the headphone jack, second most important removal on the Apple iPhone 7 is the home button. In terms of design, it is there but it is no longer a real button. It basically uses the same technology with the force touch trackpad on the new MacBook and 2015 MacBook Pro. It means it looks like you have a real button and it even feels like that but in reality, it is not even moving. This way though the surface can be more effective as it is even able to sense how much pressure you apply.
However, there might be a problem with iPhone 7’s home button. According to Myke Hurley on Twitter, the new button doesn’t work when you cover it. This is a sign which shows it is required for the button to have a physical contact with your skin in order to work.
With the past generations, we had the same problem with the TouchID because the finger print sensor was required the same thing. But you could still, click on the home button even when the surface was covered.
With iPhone 7, you can no longer press to the home button when the button is covered. You can ask why would anyone cover the surface? You wouldn’t exactly cover the surface but instead, cover your fingers which would prevent the sensor to have a physical contact with your skin. For example, you cannot press it when you are wearing gloves.
Nevertheless, home button is more important now than it was in the past. Now, with iOS 10, you can only unlock your device when you press the home button. In other words, if you are living in a cold region and using iPhone 7, you will have to put off your gloves every time you want to press the home button.