Next iPhone and iPad to be buttonless?

Next iPhone and iPad to be buttonless?
If one very unconfirmed rumour is to be believed, the next iPhone and the next iPad, which are expected to be released a few months from now, may lose one of their trademarks - the home button.

Citing inside sources, the report states that the new iOS 4.3 beta we told you about a few hours ago, has a multi-touch gesture support, which will allow you to "use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps."

It's said that the buttonless iPad and iPhone are already being tested in Apple's campus, and it's possible that we will see this new design and multi-touch based UI in practice as soon as the release of the next-gen iPhone and iPad.

As we pointed at the beginning of the article, there is no proof in this rumour whatsoever, and it may very well be an instance where someone thinks that two plus two equals five. Regardless of that, would you welcome a buttonless iPhone and iPad, or would you rather stick with the iconic home button? As you most probably know, the Motorola XOOM has no buttons (on the front), so are these innovations pointing to the future?

source: BGR

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12 Comments

3. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

With the removal of the home button they'll be able to reduce the device's bezel, thus creating a larger screen without having to create a larger device.. Not a bad idea..

9. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I really don't think Apple plans on increasing iPhone's screen size. Wouldn't that change how the applications look a little?

10. slepoy95

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 19, 2010

they already have changed the screen size before

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

when has it been something other than 3.5inch?

4. palacios

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

things you should have done a long time ago...waiting!!!

6. MarloThaMartian

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 27, 2010

Yea your right, They should have did this a long time ago

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I know, line in the early 1900's :)

8. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Instead of whining and waiting, why don't you make one yourself :)

5. rwrife

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2009

After playing around with the latest IOS, I completely agree that either the home button won't be needed any more or it's going away. I'm also hopeful that they have some reworked voice recognition that's always "on".

11. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 2010

MAKEE THE SCREEN BIGGER! i like the botton becasue it makes an iPhone look like an iPhone, and no other phone has it. But this will be the 5th one to come out and i think it is time to change

12. Makarand unregistered

this is great stuff. Apple has already set a benchmarks in touch screen phones, if they pull this off then all the android will be with hand gestures which is quite futuristic.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

anyway, this would be stupid. Lets say you are playing a game on your iphone. You used the home button to go back to your menu. So instead you have to use a multitouch gesture which could be interpreted as input in the game? Bad idea. Maybe they should make it smaller, or even put it on the side, but bad idea to remove it completely. Of course, Apple's good at bad ideas.

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