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