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  • Crazy Report Heralds The End of iPhone/iPad Home Button

    The old adage "You can never go home again" may soon apply to the iPhone and iPad - at least in terms of the device's home button.

    As widely picked up across the blogosphere Thursday, there's a new report suggesting that Apple may remove the home button on the aforementioned products in time for next-generation releases later this year. In its place would simply be more sophisticated multitouch gestures that would enable users to quickly return to the home screen.

    Like our friends at Apple Insider, we have the same reaction to this report, which comes to us via BGR. According to sources in-the-know, the Boy Genius Report says Apple is now testing iPads and iPhones sans the home button. Yet even the author of the BRG report is forced to admit the scenario seems pretty "wild."

    We are told that Apple, at some point in time, will remove the home button from the iPadís design. Instead of button taps, you will use new multitouch gestures to navigate to the home screen and also to launch the app switcher.
    Still, according to author Jonathan S. Geller, "It's possible we will see this new change materialize with the next-generation iPad and iPhone devices set to launch this year." The BRG report points to Wednesday's arrival of advanced new multitouch gestures through the beta version of iOS 4.3 to corroborate claims that the home button will be yanked from next-gen iPhones and iPads.

    The iPhone 5 is expected to debut in summer 2011, while many industry analysts anticipate a spring launch for the 2nd-generation iPad.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Crazy Report Heralds The End of iPhone/iPad Home Button started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 69 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I would love more screen room
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This will defiantly go well...
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Here again they are coping palm....... Palm/HP better step up fast and defend their territory.
    1. njlmx6's Avatar
      njlmx6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      Hmmm no button > no dfu mode ?> hard to jailbreak ?

      tinyumbrella FTW !

      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      Correct, it looks like Apple is ramping up its security against jailbreaking.
      tinyumbrella should still allow us to easily put the phone in DFU more and itunes still requires DFU in order to update. DFU is here to stay unless they totally revamp itunes, all their certificate authentication and all that garbage. Lack of a home button wont matter for the jailbreaking devs, or us. I personally cant wait to see what theyre brewing up for the next iphone.
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      If they do end up doing it, it will be in some intuitive and incredibly simple way. It IS Apple, after all. And i'm sure they would devise another way for the device to go into DFU mode. They wouldn't keep including it in the updates if it wasn't necessary to them.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      What if you only like to use your iphone one handed? How the hell are we supposed to get back to the home screen? I'm holding my iphone right now in my left hand & I use is my left thumb to navigate around. The only time I add my right hand is when I need/want to type something long winded/faster. For the most part I operate my iphone one handed MOST of the time. Why is apple so button phobic? I tried to "like" a macbook last year, but ended up going back to a windows 7 laptop
    1. orsm6's Avatar
      orsm6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      Hmmm no button > no dfu mode ?> hard to jailbreak ?
      Exactly what i was thinking......

      but at the same respect, apple surely would need to put a phone into DFU mode or at least allow the end user to do so should they need to restore a phone to factory settings....

      on the jailbreak side of things it may just make the developers of tools incorporate 'force phone into DFU' features....who knows...

      interseting times ahead
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      This MIGHT have worked decently if it was implemented from the very beginning. But for people like myself, who have been using an iPhone since 2007, it has pretty much become an extension of my arm. I hate the idea of breaking 4 years worth of habits that come so naturally to me now. I see no reason why these gestures can't be implemented in addition to the presence of the home button. I think that's a more likely outcome.
    1. steverae's Avatar
      steverae -

      Since my Home button is to say the least dodgy amd i cannot be bothered to take my phone to bits and fix it, i've been using activator along with a swipe combo to do what the home button does and it works really well... bring it on !!!
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Great idea for the iPad. Terrible idea for the iPhone.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      No way they lose the home button
      Yea idk about as soon as next year bu I'm all for it. I love when devices have less buttons on them. They look cleaner. Thats why I love apple products. As long as the alternative is as easy but other wise no
    1. Bebeto's Avatar
      Bebeto -

      Is going to be voice activated i think !!! N maybe gestures!!!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bebeto View Post

      Is going to be voice activated i think !!! N maybe gestures!!!
      There is already plenty of voice commands for the iPhone. They require the Home button though lol.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Its actually pretty cool on the iPad
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      I have big hands, I don't think it would work very well !!!!!!!
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      I think they will be replacing the HOME BUTTON...
      with a GO TO HELL BUTTON
    1. fmt's Avatar
      fmt -
      It's nice for the iPad, but not for the iPhone.
      Cause you will not be able to use your iPhone in one hand (using the thumb).
    1. 240v's Avatar
      240v -
      this is stupid if u have itouch and cant have 5 fingers on the screen at once!
    1. Dazz187s's Avatar
      Dazz187s -
      Hmm, hard to jailbrake. But glad i didn't get the iPhone 4, I can wait till summer for iPhone 5.

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I don't see Apple launching a bigger screen until all devices jump on that bandwagon. Apple is going smaller. Give me a screen the size of the Evo with a removable battery that runs iOS and I will be in heaven.