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iPad 2: Will the next Apple iPad ship without a home button?

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(Read caption) iPad 2 – the allegedly forthcoming Apple tablet device – will ship without a home button, according to some sources. Here, a user in Germany tries out the Apple iPad.

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iPad 2 rumors are nothing new – professional prognosticators have been waxing poetic about the possibility of a new Apple iPad since late last year. Which makes sense. Apple "refreshes" its devices on a very predictable cycle – every year or so – and if history is any guide, the iPad, which debuted in April of 2010, will soon make way for an iPad 2. Or something similar. (The "iPad 2" probably won't be the name of the device.)

So what will the Apple iPad 2 look like? If you'd asked us this question last week, we probably would have guessed that the iPad 2 will look a whole lot like the iPad 1. Square, slim, big screen. Maybe a couple of cameras. A nice round home button – the same button seen on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. But now comes news that the iPad 2 might not have a home button at all.

Over at Boy Genius Report, Jonathan S. Geller alleges that "the reason Apple just added multitouch gestures for the iPad in the latest iOS 4.3 beta is because the iPad will be losing the home button. Yes, we are told that Apple, at some point in time, will remove the home button from the iPad’s design. Instead of button taps, you will use new multitouch gestures to navigate to the home screen and also to launch the app switcher."


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