Rumored iPhone 5 Home button shown off by parts dealers


Home buttons that could be a parts for the next generation iPhone 5 have started turning up online. They are available in black and white from TVC-Mall and TrueSupplier and appear to have a different rubber gasket than the current iPhone 4S design.

It seems as if part leaks have become an honored tradition when it comes to iPhone launches. We see similar leaks when it comes to iPad and iPod touch as well. This also isn't the first time that we've seen a part supplier leak parts ahead of a launch or make them publicly available for sale.

From the pictures on their respective sites in comparison to an iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 home button, the only thing that appears to have changed is the rubber gasket and mold they're using. It doesn't give us much of a clue as to what we can expect in the way of form factor or size change. The square portion would most likely be seated completely below the frame assembly and be an unnoticeable change to users. My guess would be that Apple is just adding a bit more stability.

iPhone 4 and 4S home buttons

Apple did something similar when they jumped from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 4. While the button remained the same, they added a rubber gasket around it which seems to alleviate a lot of the issues users were experiencing when it came to the iPhone 4 home button. The iPhone 4 home button is basically "taped" on to a flimsy sensor cable that wears down over time. The iPhone 4S home button is a bit more sturdy due to the rubber gasket and somewhat improved contact.

4S and 4 home button assemblies

I still think it's too early for us to see genuine part leaks for the next generation iPhone. Any little detail could change when it comes to the actual production model. Especially something such as a home button that has no moving parts involved. They could just be changing out the rubber gasket for a more solid button assembly. For now, I'd say it's too early to tell whether or not this could end up in a production unit.

Source: MacRumors

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Allyson Kazmucha

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Rumored iPhone 5 Home button shown off by parts dealers


"Especially something such as a home button that has no moving parts involved"
Um, by design, that's what most buttons are, moving parts! In fact, this is one thing I wish Apple would take from some of the Android handsets - the "non-mechanical" optical buttons. Things work better for longer when the only moving parts are electrons. :)

New rubber gasket on the home button???!!?? NO F'ING WAY!!!! I'm camping out tonight at my Apple Store!!!! Woo Hoo!!!
Slow news day?

News is news, are you looking for earth shattering news at every click of the mouse? These little tid bits all add to the build up.

It's not unheard of for manufacturers to change little things here and there on current models to make things cheaper, more efficient, etc. I bet this is more of a case of "updating" the old hardware as routine than having anything to do with a new device.

Poor marketing there, Gina .
You shouldnt bring up the flaws of the goods youre offering till AFTER the deal is done ! :lol: :twisted:

I really wish apple would go with a sort of clean, virtual homebutton, a-la Palm. The gesture area design is beautiful and very clean. less failures, and it can be raised or something for easily finding it, and can probably still be used to turn it on.

The home button on the iPhone 4 is tailored to last one year, two max. It is a seriously flawed piece of hardware. Too bad people tend to overlook it when talking about Apple products. I hope Apple changes everything about it on the next iPhone.

I like the physical Home Button. It's nice to have your phone sitting on a table and just be able to tap the button with one finger. Versus having to use 2 fingers (one to hold the phone, one to push the button) to turn the screen back on.
Keeping in mind that all the Capacitive buttons I am familiar with only work while the screen is on. Also, that IF Apple was to make the Capacitive button active while the screen is off, I think that it would be easy to "accidentally" turn the screen on effectively killing the battery.

What has this world come too. People getting excited over a phone button? I like it though ! I want to sign a 10 yr contract now just to get that button .

"jumped from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 4"
I'm guessing you actually meant to the 4S from the 4.
Anyways, I can totally feel the difference between the 4 and 4S home buttons. Improvement here is much welcome!

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why is apple giving up all the features that made iphone stand out among other smart phones. I think the circular home button was very easy to use as well as the iconic shape of iphone product (i dont recall any other smart phone having round home button). I think Apple has become frustrated by seeing all those smart phones in the market and is thus trying out different changes in its product instead of staying true to the originality of iphone design, which in my opinion he must do.

I honestly do think it is her. Even with all that work done on her face you can still tell that is her in that mug shot. If it is true, I think she should not even be allowed to have her kids. This isn't anything to play with.