Next-Generation iPhone Part Leaks Begin with Home Buttons

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As noticed by Apple Bitch, Chinese parts vendor TVC-Mall has begun offering "iPhone 5" home buttons for sale in both black and white. But what the report doesn't mention is that the buttons are indeed slightly different from the round home buttons seen on iOS devices to date.


    Front of "iPhone 5" home buttons
    The new home buttons appear to have a rounded square shape much like iOS app icons, but retain the round depression for the button as seen in existing devices. TVC-Mall notes the distinction in its product description:

    Rear of "iPhone 5" home buttons
    It is, however, unclear from the product images whether the design change will be noticeable to users. Specifically, it is not clear whether the rounded square portion of the button would be flush with the surface of the device with the round portion depressed slightly or if the rounded square portion might simply be below the surface of the device and invisible to the user as with the small edges and "wings" of the current iPhone home button design.


    iPhone 4S home button (Source: iFixit)
    We suspect that that the rounded square portion of the new home button will lie below the surface of the iPhone, serving to hold the button in place while remaining invisible to the user. In this scenario, only the standard round home button portion would protrude through the surface of the device to be accessed by the user.

    In either case, it appears that rumors of Apple removing the home button entirely or replacing it with a touch-senstive button with a larger gesture area are once again unfounded. Such rumors have become common in the months leading up to the launch of each new iOS device, but Apple has maintained the contestant iconic presence of the home button introduced on the original iPhone through each new product release.

    TVC-Mall has a history of leaking minor genuine iOS device parts well ahead of the products' official introductions, yielding hope that parts for the next-generation iPhone are beginning to surface from Apple's supply chain. If the parts are genuine, they may suggest that Apple is looking toward ramping production of the device, although these leaks sometimes come many months ahead of production.

    Update: The home buttons are also listed for sale in both black and white at TrueSupplier, and images posted there more clearly show that the rounded square will lie behind the front of the device and serve to hold the home button in place.


    Article Link: Next-Generation iPhone Part Leaks Begin with Home Buttons
  2. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    I hope it's not the only difference between iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S :)
  3. its93rc macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    They should just remove the home button completely :)
    - sent via my iPhone 4S crying.
  4. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    I love when MacRumors has to source Apple Bitch in a serious context.
  5. Wildog27 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2008
    Great. Here we go with the overanalyzation of minutiae to build to an underwhelming frenzy about the next iPhone. Can I please hear about the color of the wiring next?
  6. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Was hoping for the home button to change colour to indicate a notification!

    Least it isn't going anywhere.
  7. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Well that is a huge change! Apple's thinking outside the box on this one
  8. Macopotamus macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010

    Not a good idea. Have you used an Android phone with the touch buttons? They're unresponsive, easy to accidentally hit, and just don't work too well in practice. The iHome button is a staple of the lineup and should stick around until some truly revolutionary replacement comes along through haptics or otherwise, but I think that is quite a ways away.

    Anyway, this home button thing is fairly boring to me, I want to see hints of the new screen and enclosure!
  9. TheEndless macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    What? No comment on the fact that the rounded square "home icon" appears to be embossed on the new button?
  10. danwayfilms macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2012
    Wow.. it's crazy the amount of I Don't Care I have about the home button on a new phone months away.

    Give us some real news. Like Mac Pro related would be nice
  11. afin macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2012
    The change to the square must have some deeper meaning that we are supposed to decipher...
  12. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Good grief how in the world is this news? And I thought the non-stories about the iPad shell being ever so slightly thicker were bad....sigh....
  13. room237 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Queens, NYC
    Do you think they are holding out on us? :rolleyes:
  14. Telf84 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2012
  15. room237 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Queens, NYC
    Yeah! The only thing less interesting would be someone complaining about it in a comment.
  16. TheSuperSteve macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2011
    Puerto Rico
    I tried to +1 you 999,999 times, but nothing happens...
  17. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    "Introducing the iPhone 5, with an all new, completely redesigned home button."
    "Going home has never been so easy."
    "We decided to match the innovation of Siri with our revolutionary new home button."

    It's not an easy marketing angle, but I think Apple can handle it.
  18. djrod macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2008
    Madrid - Spain
    Sorry MR, it seems your last year iPhone 5 mockup is not valid for the "new iPhone"
  19. shartypants macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
    Give me a break. I think the outside shape will be hidden by the top bezel, its still a round button.
  20. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    At first glance i just saw iphone 5" , some new galaxy note chalanger. Then i came to my senses.
  21. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Make it a capacative touch button, have the white square glow like a sleeping Mac when it has a notification too :D
  22. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
    I'm glad they're changing the home button. The iPhone 4/4S is notorious for the home button getting stuck. While this is small news, I'm glad the design will be different.
  23. Ryox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2007
    I know a guy, who knows a guy who knows another guy says that he knows a guy who's testing the new iPhone.
  24. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    i cannot even put my hate for that little annoying thing in words, it needs to gooooo. broke on THREE iPhone 4 i owned. seems to work fine on my 4S so far, but its still annoying and waste of space

    i hoped they would make it glow as an notification indicator :(
  25. macthetiger85 macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2007
    Baton Rouge, LA
    It's green - all from recycled parts.

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