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A new component from the Far East is claimed to be a home button from Apple's sixth-generation iPhone, featuring a new, modified design.

The iPhone home buttons remain circular, but underneath the button they are attached to a more squared-off plastic piece. The black and white parts, advertised as a "home button key" for Apple's "iPhone 5," were discovered on Monday by AppleBitch.

While the purported iPhone parts suggest the next-generation device's home button will look largely the same as it always has, they also indicate that the component will be redesigned internally. That could support speculation that the next iPhone will be a redesigned model with an appearance different from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

The original listing for the new iPhone home buttons at TVC-Mall.com notes that the design is different from the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, with the round button in the center accompanied by a more square piece outside of it. It also noted that the black and white versions of the home button are identical.

The parts, if legitimate, suggest Apple is working on prototype models of its next-generation iPhone. In March it was said that Apple was reviewing potential components for the new iPhone, which is expected to be released this fall, one year after the iPhone 4S.

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Rumors surrounding the next iPhone have picked up steam in recent weeks, as one report said the handset will feature Qualcomm's "MDM9615" LTE 4G chip for high-speed wireless connectivity. Reports have also claimed that the next iPhone will adopt in-cell touch panel technology, which will allow Apple to make the next iPhone thinner by 0.44 millimeters, or fit in a larger battery.

It has also been rumored that the next iPhone will have a metal back, replacing the glass back panel that has been utilized with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. The alleged metal chassis has been compared to the aluminum backs Apple has created for the iPad.
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with the round button in the center accompanied by a more square piece outside of it.

 

We sure these aren't just pieces that haven't had the extra plastic milled off?

 

And why the heck does copied text come with background color? I want that turned off…

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The iPhone home buttons remain circular, but underneath the button they are attached to a more squared-off plastic piece. The black and white parts, advertised as a "home button key" for Apple's "iPhone 5," were discovered on Monday by AppleBitch.

 

 

LOL @ AppleBitch

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LOL @ AppleBitch

 

Haha I also found that funny.

 

 

On topic though, I have found that the home buttons have always been temperamental after time, sometimes working and sometimes not.

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The next iPhone will look different from the 4s? Can this be true!?

 

This Huddler based forum has tons of wasted space.

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Haha I also found that funny.

 

 

On topic though, I have found that the home buttons have always been temperamental after time, sometimes working and sometimes not.

 

I took my 3GS apart once to clean the glass & accidentally caught one of the little metal pins with the cleaning rag, buuuuummer.  The internal parts are extremely fragile, in my opinion unnecessarily so.  As 1 of 4 buttons on the phone and the most frequently used it ought to be extremely sturdy.

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I took my 3GS apart once to clean the glass & accidentally caught one of the little metal pins with the cleaning rag, buuuuummer.  The internal parts are extremely fragile, in my opinion unnecessarily so.  As 1 of 4 buttons on the phone and the most frequently used it ought to be extremely sturdy.

 

The phone is sturdy, as is the home button. Must have pressed mine hundreds of thousands of times in the 2.5 yrs I've owned my iPhone 4 and it still works like when I bought it. Apple's target audience isn't people who take apart their phones and in doing so damage internal components, so it's pretty irrelevant. 

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Wow!

 

My heart rate just went up.

 

This has to be the most important news I have read all week.  I must make sure to revisit frequently in case there are any more exciting revelations or developments.
 

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I took my 3GS apart once to clean the glass & accidentally caught one of the little metal pins with the cleaning rag, buuuuummer.  The internal parts are extremely fragile, in my opinion unnecessarily so.  As 1 of 4 buttons on the phone and the most frequently used it ought to be extremely sturdy.

 

The phone isn't designed for maintenance by clumsy people.

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post #10 of 29

And this is what we call a "slow news day"

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I can't help but wonder is this is legit, does the home button have a multi function beyond what it does now?  Will the iPhone 5 have a sensitive home button for muti gestures?

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Well, I'm really a huge Apple fan, but this looks ridiculous even to me. 

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I took my 3GS apart once to clean the glass & accidentally caught one of the little metal pins with the cleaning rag, buuuuummer.  The internal parts are extremely fragile, in my opinion unnecessarily so.  As 1 of 4 buttons on the phone and the most frequently used it ought to be extremely sturdy.

 

The phone is sturdy, as is the home button. Must have pressed mine hundreds of thousands of times in the 2.5 yrs I've owned my iPhone 4 and it still works like when I bought it. Apple's target audience isn't people who take apart their phones and in doing so damage internal components, so it's pretty irrelevant. 


You have a 2.5 year old iPhone 4?
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Oh my God! No no no, this is INCREDIBLE! For years, decades even, many have grown despondent at the lack of genuine technical and design innovation from Cupertino. But this headline and crotch grabbing achievement in precision engineering and ergonomic aesthetics changes everything! FTW!

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This is important why exactly?

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The next iPhone will look different from the 4s? Can this be true!?

 

This Huddler based forum has tons of wasted space.

 

It's absolutely terrible. The old way was bad, but this is around 60 times worse.

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You have a 2.5 year old iPhone 4?

 

has the button change since the first  iphone?

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I haven't used the home button for about 3 months and I'm loving it. All my actions are done with gestures via the Activator app (requires a JB). I don't see why this isn't possible for Apple to do on the new iPhone if people have been doing this for a long time already via JB. I'm sure Steve intended for it to be done with as well. The home button defeats the whole purpose of the technology. 

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All my actions are done with gestures via the Activator app (requires a JB). I don't see why this isn't possible for Apple to do on the new iPhone if people have been doing this for a long time already via JB. 

 

Because it is, and has been possible since iOS 4.2, stock, no jailbreak.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

 

Because it is, and has been possible since iOS 4.2, stock, no jailbreak.

 

What are you talking about. A stock iPhone needs the home button. That's why it has the home button. You cannot get to home with many apps without clicking the home button.

 

You're not talking about those accessibility options are you? Cause they're very different. 

 

The home button has a few uses that aren't covered by the multitouch gestures. For example, when you hold the homescreen icons to go into edit mode, you pretty much have to press the home button to get out of that mode.

 

Without Activator you cannot do away with the home button 100%. It just isn't possible.


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The next iPhone will look different from the 4s? Can this be true!?

 

This Huddler based forum has tons of wasted space.

 

It's absolutely terrible. The old way was bad, but this is around 60 times worse.


Lol. 60 Times? I kinda liked the old way, huddler though blows...if I see another please wait (thanks for informing me to wait, I m usually not informed of the wait time in other forums I post at and I get really anxious about it) upon posting I think I am going to punch the screen. 1smile.gif
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What are you talking about. A stock iPhone needs the home button. That's why it has the home button. You cannot get to home with many apps without clicking the home button.

 

Well, I'm an idiot. Guess that's what happens when you only have a first-gen iPhone running a modified version of iOS 5 to go off of, eh? lol.gif

I keep thinking the iPad gets what the iPhone gets… I haven't touched my Home Button in a VERY long time… on my iPad. I guess I never paid attention to how subconscious using the Home Button is on my iPhone… 

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Because it is, and has been possible since iOS 4.2, stock, no jailbreak.

 

What are you talking about. A stock iPhone needs the home button. That's why it has the home button. You cannot get to home with many apps without clicking the home button.

 

You're not talking about those accessibility options are you? Cause they're very different. 

 

The home button has a few uses that aren't covered by the multitouch gestures. For example, when you hold the homescreen icons to go into edit mode, you pretty much have to press the home button to get out of that mode.

 

Without Activator you cannot do away with the home button 100%. It just isn't possible.


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it can actually be done on a stock iPhone without physically touching the home screen button:

Step 1: Go to "Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch" and turn on Assistive Touch.

Step 2: Touch the circle in the Assistive Touch floating icon and choose Home.

Step 3: Hold down an app icon until they jiggle.

Step 4: Repeat step 2. Low and behold the app icons stop jiggling (technical term for exiting edit mode;)

You can also record gestures and save them as favourites.

I'm based in Singapore and I see huge numbers of people using Assistive Touch for the virtual home button once their physical one starts to stick.

Cheers Matthew
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it can actually be done on a stock iPhone without physically touching the home screen button:
Step 1: Go to "Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch" and turn on Assistive Touch.
Step 2: Touch the circle in the Assistive Touch floating icon and choose Home.
Step 3: Hold down an app icon until they jiggle.
Step 4: Repeat step 2. Low and behold the app icons stop jiggling (technical term for exiting edit mode;)
You can also record gestures and save them as favourites.
I'm based in Singapore and I see huge numbers of people using Assistive Touch for the virtual home button once their physical one starts to stick.
Cheers Matthew
 
 
Assistive touch really isn't good at all. Number one, I don't want floating dots on my screen (those are meant for people who really have no choice) and number two there are WAY more limitations than the one I listed. Extremely limited. I know because I tried assistive touch many times so I could have an excuse NOT to JB. Unfortunately it didn't cut it. If you haven't used Activator then you can't begin to appreciate the differences. Why do you think thousands of people are using it? No one knows iPhone features better than jailbreakers (that's why Apple hires JBers) so there's obviously a reason why people think assitive touch doesn't cut it.  

 

 

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has the button change since the first  iphone?

 

I have no idea, all I know is that the iPhone 4 is only about 1.5 years old.

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Holy crap. The shape of a single small button is headline worthy? I don't know who's lamer, AI for posting this article, or me for reading it (and posting about it) 

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Originally Posted by success View Post

 

 

What are you talking about. A stock iPhone needs the home button. That's why it has the home button. You cannot get to home with many apps without clicking the home button.

 

You're not talking about those accessibility options are you? Cause they're very different. 

 

The home button has a few uses that aren't covered by the multitouch gestures. For example, when you hold the homescreen icons to go into edit mode, you pretty much have to press the home button to get out of that mode.

 

Without Activator you cannot do away with the home button 100%. It just isn't possible.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by success View Post

 

 

Assistive touch really isn't good at all. Number one, I don't want floating dots on my screen (those are meant for people who really have no choice) and number two there are WAY more limitations than the one I listed. Extremely limited. I know because I tried assistive touch many times so I could have an excuse NOT to JB. Unfortunately it didn't cut it. If you haven't used Activator then you can't begin to appreciate the differences. Why do you think thousands of people are using it? No one knows iPhone features better than jailbreakers (that's why Apple hires JBers) so there's obviously a reason why people think assitive touch doesn't cut it.

 

My mistake. There was me thinking that we were addressing your point that you "couldn't do away with the home button except by using Activator" rather than "comparing the functionality of Activator vs. Assistive Touch". Doh! 

 

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There are still rumors about a physical home button going way entirely. Either way, I hope the redesigned Home button, physical or not, is more durable. The one on my iPhone 4 seems to not work about half the time anymore.

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There are still rumors about a physical home button going way entirely. Either way, I hope the redesigned Home button, physical or not, is more durable. The one on my iPhone 4 seems to not work about half the time anymore.

I think the home button needs to be capacitive. I've found the responsiveness of the physical home button to vary dramatically between iPhones and it doesn't offer a consistent experience.

If they made the square shape into a sensor bar, they could detect swipes very easily without doing full multitouch e.g if you swipe right to left to go home, you would touch the right side of the square then the left. You could swipe up for the multi-tasking bar.

It can also behave like the normal button so people are immediately familiar with it.

The main annoyance with the physical button is when it comes to things like Siri, having to initiate it with the home button and then using the screen button to talk. They could have a swipe-down to talk gesture, which I imagine would make it easier for blind people to use as they can feel for the home button.

This also gives them more room inside the phone as they don't have to accommodate the button going inside the device.
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