iPad Future of the bezel, iPad design

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rowspaxe, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    I see the design of tablets still evolving over the next 3-5 years. I think the ipad will lose or greatly minimize the bezel on all 4 sides, and the start/home button to be supplanted by a hardware side panel button or a tap gesture. The next ipad will be an evolutionary design upgrade similar to the mini.
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Aren't all products an evolutionary design?
  3. bpletcher macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2011
    They could already implement the ellimination of a home button of the iPads already. With the four finger pinch to go to home screen there is no real reason to keep it around. A four finger pinch on other iDevices seems to much at the moment though.

    The only real reason I can see them keeping the home button on iPads is to keep there iDevices as a whole consistent with the same buttons all around.
  4. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    you can't double tap the 4 finger pinch

    the physical button is more reassuring than soft buttons

    i'm open to other possibilities, maybe shrink the button to the size of the white icon that's on the button
  5. chuges macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2011
    the bezel on the 9.7 in ipad won't get smaller - you need it to grasp onto when holding it with one hand. The reason the ipad mini can get away with a smaller bezel is because it is lighter and thinner, so you can rest it in your palm more easily.
  6. GrandPhrase macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    Couldn't they reduce the side bezels to around 3/4 the current width so that it looks better, and then implement the finger detection technology used in the iPad mini?
  7. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    If the bezel does shrink, I suspect it will be more at the sides than the top/bottom, so the home button is not in danger (yet). Personally, I wouldn't want the home button any smaller than it is now, assuming it is meant to be a thumb target.

    That said, have you tried the '4 finger slide' gesture to get at the recent apps list? Just as left/right switch between apps, sliding up will reveal the recent apps widget.
  8. AlanKA macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2012
    If they do that then they'd need to rethink how to do a hard reboot (HOME + POWER).
  9. rowspaxe thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    I think some imac models were more revolutionary than evolutionary. Also, I am saying the design evolution of the ipad will occur over 3-4 years, so i am arguing the multi-year design arc will be revolutionary.
  10. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    it has thumb rejection software built into the OS, but not all apps utilizes it

    I'm not sure if the 9.7" ipad has that feature
  11. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    They'd also need a solution for screen shots. But it is simple enough. There are other physical controls they could use (toggle switch and volume buttons).

    The 4-finger swipe up is the equivalent of the double tap.

    I tend to dislike soft buttons too, but the physical button isn't replaced by soft buttons, it's replaced by a 4-finger pinch and a 4-finger swipe up. The 4-finger gestures work just fine and they are much faster and more smooth than going down to the physical button.

    In fact, when I go back to the iPhone, I realize how clunky the home button is for app switching.
  12. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    I personally don't like using gestures to replace the home button. So I hope that apple don't get rid of it. I also think that it is important for accessibility reasons.
    Cutting down the side bezel like on the mini would be great though, but I'm not sure what that would add practically while using it, and would give apple less space to put battery.

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