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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. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      I don't understand why people think this is about the phone. The rumor clearly and solely talks about he iPad yet for some reason the iPhone is mentioned.
    1. nomercy413's Avatar
      nomercy413 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      Hmmm no button > no dfu mode ?> hard to jailbreak ?
      that's what i was thinking too
    1. cqshe1423's Avatar
      cqshe1423 -
      I would love to see this feature on iPod nano
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      what about those rare occurrences where the iphone hangs up and requires a home button to return to home and/or a complete reboot? very VERY rare but still happens if you happen to have a lot of apps open and trigger something(mostly when using safari).
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      If so it will be touch sensitive button like the PS3 buttons and such.
    1. Ivel's Avatar
      Ivel -
      Ill put money on it that they wont rid of it, but simply put a touch sensitive one
    1. newyor's Avatar
      newyor -
      and how I would do 4 finger swipe holding my iPhone with one hand??
      I mean, ok, I always can press home button when I hold iPhone in one my palm, but how I would do swipe with 4 fingers in this case?
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      No home button would be great on the iPad because it's big enough to use a "pinch" gesture comfortably, on the iPhone I don't think that would be very practical.
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      No physical home button is why I hate most Android devices.

      Touch sensitive buttons suck to high heaven.
      But that may be as much to do with the crud quality of screen interaction on Android devices.

      Three cheers for the HB.

      Hip-hip .... HURRAH!
      Hip-hip .... HURRAH!
      Hip-hip .... HURRAH!