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Next-gen iPhone Home buttons spotted

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Monday, April 23, 2012
News Categories: iPhone

Two Chinese parts vendors are now offering “iPhone 5” Home button parts. As noted by Mac Rumors, the parts—which are available in both black and white from both vendors—are slightly different than the same part from the iPhone 4S, as they are rectangular in shape, with rounded corners and a round Home button sticking up in the center. Prior Home button parts featured a more closely tailored button surround with “wings” on either side. As with previous models, everything save for the round button itself will likely lie below the glass front surface of the device, and thus the changes will be invisible to the user. It appears at least somewhat likely that Apple has adopted the new design as a way to reduce reports of failing Home buttons, although it is possible that the new buttons also afford a small space savings from side-to-side.

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Comments

1

The quality of that white button looks horrible.  Definitely not up to Apple standards.  The black square is too thin on the left side.  Makes me question how reliable the source for this story is.

Posted by Eric on April 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM (PDT)

2

Probably that’s a bad button, so they threw it away. That’s how the source found it. Just a thought.

Posted by Redman on April 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM (PDT)

3

How long will some of these people refer to the 6th gen. iPhone as “iPhone 5”? Whatever it is called, it will not be iPhone 5.

My guess is that, as with the simplification of the iPad name, the next one will be called “iPhone”. Sure, it will be confusing for a couple of years (as long as the 4 and 4S are sold), but once we are 3 generations in, like the Macs, we will simply have 2012 iPhone, 2013 iPhone and 2014 iPhone.

That is, assuming none of those “iPhone Mini” rumors pan out!

Posted by Sreedhar on April 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM (PDT)

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