How To Save Money By Protecting iPhone Home Button

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May 13 2015
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The Big Mac index was invented by “The Economist” in 1986 as a creative way of measuring purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies. Using McDonald’s Big Mac hamburger as the index, it provides a fun way of telling if a currency is undervalued or otherwise. For example, the average price of a Big Mac in America in January 2015 was US$4.79, while in China it was only US$2.77. So, Chinese Yuan was undervalued.

China Yuan Cash for iPhone

Of course, the measurement isn’t perfect due to other cost factors. Perhaps it’s time for someone to introduce iPhone index. Just like Big Mac, Apple’s successful iPhone is being sold at different prices in different countries. For example, an unlocked 64GB iPhone 6 Plus in U.S. costs merely US$849, while in Hong Kong it’s US$927, about US$964 in Singapore, roughly US$985 in Malaysia, and around US$1,110 in China.


The difference in dollar might not be huge but when you take into consideration the monthly paycheck from different geographical locations, that’s a different story altogether. At US$849 for a 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, an American may not think twice about upgrading everytime Tim Cook releases a new model. After all, it’s just a fraction of their monthly salary. No big deal even if the phone breaks after a year.

Paying Cash for iPhone in China

However, the same phone which costs 6,888 Yuan a pop may equal two or three months of salaries to a Chinese consumer. Naturally, iPhone owners in China, Vietnam, Peru, Brazil would put extra care to their little “luxury” babies. Of course, this doesn’t mean Americans, British, Singaporeans or Malaysians treat their iPhones like slaves. Generally, people who have low purchasing power would pamper their iPhone more than others.


Besides getting a phone protector, iPhone owners constantly find ways to prolong the life of their gadgets. Apple may be proud that they have revolutionised the world by creating the first phone which has only one button. But that single button – home button – is a nightmare to people around the world who save for months to get an iPhone. If you’re still using an iPhone 4, chances are the home button is not working anymore, or at least not as smooth.

Having Sex While Using iPhone

In case you didn’t know, there’s an ingenious function in iPhone – Assistive Touch – which allows quick access to certain commands, which otherwise will need you to press the home button. There’re probably hundreds of millions of iPhone users who leverage on this feature for fear that the home button may be broken. The fact that a repair on this home button is not cheap means people are being forced to enable this function.


It was like a Malaysian driver driving a Proton car who never wind down their power window, even if it’s working, because of fear that the infamous problematic power window may be broken, again (*grin*). Hence, if you’re one of those who treasure their expensive iPhone, you should start activating and using this feature. Sure, it may be annoying to have this floating menu on the iPhone, but you could potentially save lots of money.

iPhone Assistive Touch Menu

If you want to turn AssistiveTouch on or off from any screen, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut.
  2. Select AssistiveTouch to enable Triple-click Home.
  3. Press the Home button three times to turn AssistiveTouch on or off. 
If you need to adjust the speed required for Triple-click Home, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home-click Speed.


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