Did Apple kill the physical home button on the next-gen iPad? (with photo)

“It seems pretty likely that the invitation to Apple’s iPad 3 event (below) includes a shot of the new model,” Ryan Faas writes for Cult of Mac.

“The display is particularly sharp and smooth – just like the anticipated retina display for the device,” Faas writes.

“The spacing of the icon’s on the iPad 3 pictured on the invite clearly indicate that it’s in portrait orientation rather than landscape,” Faas writes. “But there’s no sign of a home button, a design change that Apple has been allegedly been toying with for some time.”

Apple Special iPad Event: 10am on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco
via The Loop

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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  1. “And touch.”

    Macbone is onto something. Clearly, the invite also could be about a 7-inch “iPod touch” or the real, Apple HDTV — as well as an iPad 3.

    Otherwise, why are the icons so much bigger than current icons (relative to the finger size). To see what I mean, compare the invite image to your own iPad icons and finger.

    Would a retina display on a relatively larger HDTV result in larger icons? What about on a relatively smaller, 7-inch iPod touch with a retina display?

  2. Suggestion: just watch apple’s infoturial movie about iCloud. Between 0:20 and 0:25 they show a black iPad(dish) tablet. The home button is on the longer side. And the camera on the other long side. A security blanket fell off in their own studio I’d say.

  3. The edge of the iPad is interesting to me – also.
    There does not seem to be the aluminum frame present.
    No lip of metal. No colour change; its as if the glass is more apart of the bevel then before.

    Regarding the home button. Yeah its gone. Thats true.
    Just say “home” and Siri takes you there. Put on your “ruby slippers” and say, “there’s no place like home” and your iPad will magical transform into a carpet and fly you away – lol.

  4. Don’t think it’s the iPad. Check out the size if the bezel in relation to the size of the thumb nail? On the iPad my nail covers the bezel. On this pic the thumb nail doesn’t. No way is the bezel of the 3 going to be wider. So what is it? The TV??

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