There are unverified rumors that Apple is planning to remove the home button on the upcoming iPad & iPhone. Instead of using the home button to access the home-screen, users would rely on multi-touch gestures.
Boy Genius Report is reporting that, according to one of its sources, Apple is already testing iPads and iPhones without home buttons on its Cupertino, Calif., campus. “We are told that Apple, at some point in time, will remove the home button from the iPad’s design. Instead of button taps, you will use new multi-touch gestures to navigate to the home screen and also to launch the app switcher,” the report predicted. “It’s possible we will see this new change materialize with the next-generation iPad and iPhone devices set to launch this year,” wrote author Jonathan S. Geller.
Apple has enabled access to the home-screen using a 5-finger pinch gesture, which is currently still in the iOS beta. Apple have also included an abundance of great new features such as swiping up on the screen to retrieve the multitasking tray & swiping left or right to access different applications. These features would eliminate the home button completely & make the iPhone & iPad touch-only devices.
What are your opinions on removing the home button? Do you think the iPad & iPhone would look better? Would the device function better? Let us know in the comments. 🙂