How much functionality can you add to a single button?

A lot, if you’re apple.

The iPhone ships with a mic on the earphone cord which is clickable and can do all of the following (in addition to being a microphone):

  1. Answer Call
  2. Hang up Call
  3. Play Music
  4. Pause Music
  5. Skip Track (double click)
  6. Skip Track Backwards (triple click)

6 actions from a single button.  I’ve seen other smart phones (e.g. the dopod) actually have 6 separate buttons for these actions  What a waste.  Amazing.  And I only discovered the 6th one today… I wonder if any more surprises await.  Can it cook my breakfast?


One comment on “How much functionality can you add to a single button?

  1. 7. Fast-forward a track (double click and hold the second click)
    8. Rewind a track (triple click and hold the last click)
    9. If you hold the button when you get a phone call you will send up the incoming call to your voice mail

    And if you want cooking your breakfast you have to press the button for 1000 times ;)