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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.

    BGR
    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. seizlapee's Avatar
      seizlapee -
      Quote Originally Posted by IAMHD2 View Post
      So The The Next Gen iDevice Might only Have 2 Button (volume)...Jheez....A Big Jump for someone who uses buttons in everyday life.
      ==
      Looking At My iPod Touch Now...Having No Home Button Looks Weird :S
      hahah ditto. Wouldnt seem right at all
    1. Lokenall's Avatar
      Lokenall -
      Maybe also a little longer screen for iPhone.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I hope they don't get rid of it on either iDevice.
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      This is really just their roundabout way of getting to the white iPhone.

      If you can't color match the home button, just get rid of it.
    1. nmn's Avatar
      nmn -
      it wont happen its unpractical
    1. Saved0ne's Avatar
      Saved0ne -
      Leave the home button alone!!! D: haha.
    1. the french bum's Avatar
      the french bum -
      I like the physical button. It's a comfort.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by krosis View Post
      This is really just their roundabout way of getting to the white iPhone.

      If you can't color match the home button, just get rid of it.
      lol, u think?
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      HAHAHA cause pushing the home button is so much slower then pinching with 5 fingers this would be the stupidest idea ever. I would much rather just have the home button and not accidentally end up going back to the home screen. also it's way easier to push a button than to pinch all five fingers together. not that it is hard it just seems way more annoying.

      Quote Originally Posted by Saved0ne View Post
      Leave the home button alone!!! D: haha.
      lmao agreed



      Quote Originally Posted by seizlapee View Post
      hopefully, but just wondering how I can go into my dfu modes and my hard resets. Apple might make other options for those am guessing
      i'm sure they will have a new way to dfu mode or hard reset since isn't that how a lot of problems with the iphone are fixed?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I like the option of swipe gestures
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I like the option of swipe gestures
      Sounds kinky to me...
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      where in the post does it say pinching with all your fingers is the new gesture? it could be something as simple as hold 2 fingers on the screen or instead of a physical button a touch sensitive button.
    1. Tech guy's Avatar
      Tech guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by krosis View Post
      This is really just their roundabout way of getting to the white iPhone.

      If you can't color match the home button, just get rid of it.
      LOL that is really funny
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      Quote Originally Posted by lillewis51 View Post
      where in the post does it say pinching with all your fingers is the new gesture? it could be something as simple as hold 2 fingers on the screen or instead of a physical button a touch sensitive button.
      It's in the 4.3 beta look at the other news thread on it
    1. Darrius777's Avatar
      Darrius777 -
      Maybe we will get a bigger screen now.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      I won't be too surprised if this is actually true and they do nix the home button. Steve Jobs hates buttons because he thinks they clutter the beauty of things.
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      Hmmm no button > no dfu mode ?> hard to jailbreak ?
      Correct, it looks like Apple is ramping up its security against jailbreaking.
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      I am not sure about this, since the home button is not just "to take you home" but it also works as a hardware switch (ie, soft reset, DFU, etc) so I doubt they will get rid of it
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I don't understand why everyone is freaking out about jailbreak. One can push the phone into DFU via USB on their computer with the right software. Chill. This isn't going to be the thing that stops people from jailbreaking.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      Yeah make the screen bit bigger it will be nice and move the headphone speaker/front cam up more