In the past year or so, there have been a number of reports that Apple plans to significantly change the Home button on its iOS devices. However, parts sellers have started listing this button for the iPhone 5, and the look has changed only slightly.
Rumors had indicated that Apple intends to widen the Home button in order to turn it into a gesture area. On the opposite end of the spectrum, rival reports have claimed that future iOS devices will be completely buttonless, with on-screen gestures handling the tasks now performed by the home button.
Neither of these is going to happen if the items listed for sale at TVC-Mail and TrueSupplier turn out to be what they claim: the buttons for the iPhone 5. These resemble the ones used in the iPhone 4S, but their housing has been changed enough that they couldn’t be used in Apple’s current smartphone.
The single Home button helped distingish the iPhone from its competitors when this device launched back in 2007, and it’s considered a significant part of Apple’s KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) philosphy of design. As it is the only button on the front of an iOS device, any change woud have a significant effect on the user experience.
More About the iPhone 5
Rumors about the sixth-generation iPhone have been circulating for months, but many of these are contradictory. At this point, a complete picture of the device is likely still months away.
That said, it seems Apple intends to redesign its next smartphone so it is as thin as possible. Part of this will supposedly involve using in-cell technology, so the LCD and touchpanel are combined into one thinner unit. Also, the outer casing won’t be glass but liquid metal instead.
The launch date for the iPhone 5 is a topic of heavy debate. Based on the range of the reports, it could come out at any point from early summer to late fall.
Don’t miss our previous article on What to Expect from the iPhone 5.