iPhone 5 Rumor Rollup for the Week Ending April 27
This week's announcement and almost immediate sellout of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June ignited anticipation for, well, awesome stuff related to iPhone 5.
Fri, April 27, 2012
This week: the war of the Home buttons, how to make the next iPhone really thin, blaming iPhone 4S buyers for "delaying" iPhone 5 and for making it, already, a dud.
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"Though there are still hundreds of thousands of die-hard Apple-heads, a growing number of them are questioning the future of Apple, and just what the iPhone 5 release date will bring."A A A A A ~ International Business Times, discovering and uncovering a Disturbing and Ominous Trend in the comments by two users on a Mac Rumors forum.
iPhone 5 will have a redesigned Home button, and it will be round or maybe rounded square
In the iOSphere, it's easy to lose a sense of perspective. All the talk about the wondrous Liquidmetal, and LTE, and quad-core processors obscures what is really important, what is really worthy of obsession.
The iPhone Home button.
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In a truly confused and confusing post at a website called Mobile & Apps, we learn that the current iPhone's round Home button will be redesigned to be ... round in the Next iPhone.
The basis of the scoop by Vamien McKalin is a posting at the website of a Chinese replacement parts supplier, called Truesupplier, showing something labeled "OEM Apple iPhone 5 Home Button Key." A steal at $8.99.
"There have been many rumors about the new iPhone 5, but this latest from the mill seems legitimate, and that is mainly because of the source," McKalin writes, oblivious to the irony of the term "legitimate rumor." He says the new button revealed by Truesupplier "looks different" from the current button: It has a "round design which looks similar to the iPhone icons we've come to love and hate over the years." Therefore, "this might give us an idea on what the UI design could look like when the iPhone 5 hits store shelves later in the year."
Rollup is a tad skeptical that the iPhone's Home button is a reliable indicator of changes to the iOS user interface.
"TrueSupplier has images of a side by side comparison of both the rumored new button, and the one on the iPhone 4S," he writes. But what the side-by-side images on the website actually seem to show are top and bottom views of the "new" button. But since both the existing and new buttons are round, it's a bit confusing unless what McKalin means is that the "new" button is convex, instead of concave.