iPhone losing the home button?

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  1. kre62 macrumors 68000

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  2. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020

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    What if the iPhone becomes unresponsive?

    What are we to do with no physical button?

    Magically finger the iPhone's screen in some revolutionary way? :p
     
  3. nunes013, Jan 12, 2011
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    nunes013 macrumors 65816

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    i can see this happening for the ipad but iphone not so much because of the screen size. but im very excited that i waited for the 2nd gen ipad if this is true

    EDIT: i wonder if they will get some sort of multitouch gesture area like the palm has
     
  4. jpetticrew macrumors 6502a

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    I'd bet the iPad may lose it's home button, but not the iPhone...
     
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    I doubt even the maxiPad would lose it's home button.

    We need both the home button and sleep/wake button in order to do a hard reset in the event of a malfunction, which does happen. I needed to do it the other day. Also yes, the iPhones screen is much too small for 5 finger gestures. With the maxiPad, what if someone only has 4 fingers? It will not replace it. End of story

    It's been part of the iPhone since day 1, I doubt it will ever be removed
     
  6. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    Simple: hold down the power button and one of the volume buttons until the Apple logo appears.
     
  7. jpetticrew macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly.
     
  8. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020

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    Doubt it, I think Apple likes to keep their products as uniform as possible.

    Hmm, I liked my idea better :D
     
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    Gestures work so well for webOS I'm glad to see apple going this route... I use gestures on my jailbroken iPhone and love them
     
  11. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Sounds reasonable, only way to get a truly thin bezel device which I think would be Apple's ultimate goal.
     
  12. F123D macrumors 68040

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    No home button could possibly make the screen larger without sacrificing the size of the phone.. :)
     
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    That's exactly what I predict happening. Bigger screen can happen if the home button goes away and the phone would keep the same dimensions.
     
  14. citizenerased85 macrumors member

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    good riddance! it's unnecessary & will make way for a bigger screen
     
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    They just recently changed the display technology and had to have all the devs redo their apps; I doubt they'll change it again.

    I hope they don't take away the home button.
     
  16. Mario Loco macrumors member

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    On the other hand. The phone may be still too small to perform 5 finger swipes. I just watched the iPad video and the swipe would need a lot of real estate to function.
     
  17. duck33 macrumors regular

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    My Palm Pre has no home button. I would assume Apple would do something like Palm. Hold down the Lock/Power button for 4-5 seconds and menu pops up. Asking if you want to reset or restart.
     
  18. Wide opeN macrumors 6502a

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    You guys are definitelty on to something!!!
     
  19. zenit macrumors member

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    if that was the case, how in the world would somebody with missing fingers use the phone?

    Also, one handed use is absolutely critical when using a small device like a phone. Would be very uncomfortable and cumbersome to need both hands (one to hold the phone, other for 4-5 finger gestures) in order to do basic things on the phone. Would completely defeat the ease of use that the touchscreen brings.
     
  20. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure how I would feel about it.

    Maybe I'm too nostalgic about such things.
     
  21. boshii macrumors 68040

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    I agree with the home button being essential to iOS but this argument holds no water.

    What if someone has no legs? They can't ride a bike.
    What if someone can't see? They can't watch TV.
    What if someone has no hands? They can't play tennis.

    Anybody with a handicap is not going to be able to do anything that they want to do, because they're handicapped. It's life.
     
  22. NakamuraDT macrumors newbie

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    Why assume the home button is going to vanish completely?
    I for one would love a design with the home button on the side. (if done right)
    Of course it has to be a little bit less responsive than it is right now, otherwise one would always push it by accident. (Maybe even use a slider switch?)

    I don't really know the answer and hope Apple will surprise us.
    But having the home button removed and extending the display would definitly
    be a nice move in my opinion.

    IF we get a "home button-less"-iPhone at all, then I would expect it to
    be in the next major update of the iPhone in 2012.
     
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    There was this thing called the "Click Wheel". It was probably the most iconic button ever made, so much that a rectangle with a circle in it became synonymous with "mp3 player". You guessed it: Apple killed it in favour of multi touch.
     
  24. efp1 macrumors 6502

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    I'd prefer not to have a home button. The button usually gets less responsive for me as time goes by. By the time I sold my old iPhone 3G, the home button was terrible. Maybe I press it too hard? I've been trying not to on the iPhone 4, but it's still getting less responsive, especially when I try to double click.

    Finger gestures would be welcomed for me :)
     
  25. adztaylor macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure about losing the home button, but I am glad they have introduced a better way of bringing up the multi-tasking bar on the iPad. Double-clicking the home button is such a bad way of doing it.

    Hope they introduce some sort of gesture for the iPhone, but I'm not sure how they would do it with the smaller screen.
     

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