With iPad 2 rumors at an all-time high, and the possible imminent launch of the next-generation device, one of the major rumors have focused on possibly removing the Home Button from the iPad.
Earlier this year when Apple released four and five finger gestures for the iPad in the beta firmware, many were sure the Home Button was dead. But then we all forget that it is the Home Button that helps make the iPad so easy to use. Just push that one, singular button, and the iPad comes to life. Easy.
Today, Patently Apple has uncovered a new Apple patent detailing a “Smart Bezel”. The patent features a tablet device with the new bezel and the patent drawing does not include a home button! The patent describes some features for the “smart bezel” such as double-tapping the bezel to toggle the iPad on or off, controlling brightness and volume, and locking/unlocking the display.
So with this “Smart Bezel”, mixed with the iPad four/five finger gestures, we may see the Home Button disappear after all!
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