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Old Dec 8th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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iPad 1 home button not working

My dads iPad 1 home button does not work. When he goes into an app, he has no way of getting out. I am thinking its a hardware problem, but doing an update to the latest iOS 5, he had 4 on there still.

If its hardware, anyone had this problem before and got it fix? Would it be something thats easy to fix or would he need to replace the iPad?
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Old Dec 8th, 2011, 03:24 PM   #2
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My dads iPad 1 home button does not work. When he goes into an app, he has no way of getting out. I am thinking its a hardware problem, but doing an update to the latest iOS 5, he had 4 on there still.

If its hardware, anyone had this problem before and got it fix? Would it be something thats easy to fix or would he need to replace the iPad?
The home button fails over time from over use. It is something I wish Apple would change. My iPhone 4 home button is already driving me nuts and it not working properly and the same thing happened with my iPhone 3G.
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I had one of our original iPads replaced under warranty due to a still functioning but obviously mechanically failing home button. I like having the physical button but it can/will fail over time.
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That's why I like IOS 5 which gives you gestures to bypass the home button altogether. I still catch myself using the button on occasion, though.
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Old Dec 8th, 2011, 03:45 PM   #5
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That's why I like IOS 5 which gives you gestures to bypass the home button altogether. I still catch myself using the button on occasion, though.
Thanks for that reminder! With that he doesn't need the home button!

Completely forgot they added that feature, I am still so used to using the home button in my iPad 2
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Just pulled the receipt for the iPad at work, seems I am 2 days before the 1 year mark so I am still under warranty. Heading to see the geniuses this afternoon and get this looked at. Talk about close to the line!
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I teach people how to use iPads and often I forget, they don't know what I know.

Here's a good macworld article describing the gestures to use instead of the home key.
https://www.macworld.com/article/163..._gestures.html
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My dads iPad 1 home button does not work. When he goes into an app, he has no way of getting out. I am thinking its a hardware problem, but doing an update to the latest iOS 5, he had 4 on there still.

If its hardware, anyone had this problem before and got it fix? Would it be something thats easy to fix or would he need to replace the iPad?
A couple possible fixes:

Clean it:
Philippine Mac Users Group - View Single Post - Unresponsive Home button (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) MERGED

Recalibrate it:
How to Recalibrate Your iPhone’s Home Button to Make it More Responsive
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Recalibrate it:
How to Recalibrate Your iPhone’s Home Button to Make it More Responsive
This helped with my iPhone 3G! Thanks for the link.
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