iPad gestures the 1st step toward eliminating the home button?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MattWylde, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. MattWylde macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2009
    Do you think that Apple could release the iPad 3 without a home button? I'm not a developer, so I don't have access to iOS5. However, it seems that Apple has added enough functionality with gestures that they could eliminate the home button, shrink the bezel, and make the iPad display larger.
  2. Phil-82 macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Possibly! Like gestures were a trial of what the ipad 3 could be like.
  3. HardLuckStories macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    UK, Manchester
    I'd love to see it go or at least disabled. With gestures it's now only a nuisance as I accidentally press it in landscape mode quitting the app I'm in.
  4. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    Although I am not looking for a larger screen. There is a possibility that home button may be removed in iPad 3. Most of the home button tasks can be accomplished via gestures.
  5. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    I don't believe the home button will go away. I would bet very few iPad users know about the multitasking gestures. Those existing users who don't know about the gestures would not take it nicely if upgrading forces them to basically relearn how to use the iPad.
    It would be like not offering the possibility of using a mouse on a new Mac anymore.
  6. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    I agree. What's the point anyway in getting rid of the home button? It's iconic, intuitive and not particularly obtrusive. It's also very useful as an "escape" button for people who get stuck in an app and can't get out. Sure, gestures are nice substitutes, but what about the 50yr old guy who hates computers and hasn't yet learned the right gesture to get out of an app that froze?

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