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Apple May Remove the Home Button On the Next IPad

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the death-to-the-button dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Steve Jobs is notoriously frugal when it comes to buttons so the latest rumor emanating out of Cupertino might not come as a huge surprise. Apple is reportedly planning to do away with the home button on the next-gen iPad and iPhone and replace its functionality with multitouch gestures. And as luck would have it, the newly seeded iOS 4.3 includes support for new multitouch gestures, one of which is the ability to use a four or five finger pinch to go back to the homescreen" The attached video demonstrates the new gestures for switching applications and demonstrates how you could function without the home button.

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Fun for people (5, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860722)

Great feature for those with missing fingers!

Okay okay so I'm just being awkward. But seriously, whenever I've used an iPad or iPhone, I've wished it had the Android "back" button. So much more convenient than hunting for application specific menus to get back to where you were.

Being serious, (5, Informative)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860890)

Any massmarket device needs to be usable with one finger. Multitouch needs an alternative and accessible one-finger backup operation. What happened to accessibility?

A "get me somewhere familiar" button should almost be mandatory on anything without a keyboard.

Re:Being serious, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861590)

That's the homebutton.

Re:Being serious, (3, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861822)

Accessibility is being sacrificed to Steve Jobs' irrational (bordering on personality disorder) dislike of buttons.

It's almost to the level of a phobia.

The iPhone would be FAR better with a slide keyboard. "Touchscreens" are shit-poor interfaces for trying to type on a mini-chiclet keyboard space unless you are using a stylus; sure the iPhone pops up a "larger" image of the button you are "pressing", but I can't read it past my thumbnail anyways, so it does little good.

I've lost count of the number of times I misdialed a number simply because I was on the "edge" of the damn touchscreen dialing interface and bumped the 4 instead of 5 or 5 instead of 6. With a real touch interface, I'd have tactile feedback and I'd know which damn button I was on.

Re:Being serious, (2, Insightful)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#34862004)

Eh, I don't get the hate. As someone with ridiculously large hands and fingers, I find using iOS a lot easier than some of the teensy keyboards found on other smart phones.

Point is: It's not black and white, and Apple's success in this field obviously means they have at least a clue what they're doing. Listening to most /. geeks, you'd think the opposite was true.

Re:Fun for people (2, Insightful)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861124)

What about people who never heard of "five finger pinch"? Are they supposed to read a manual before they can use it?

Seriously, I can't see this 'rumor' being true. Most likely it's just some viral marketing crap to get horrified Apple fans posting the word "iPad" all over the Internet the week before it launches.

Re:Fun for people (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861168)

> Are they supposed to read a manual before they can use it?

I was asked to control a friend's iPod once, and I can assure you that I did not find the control wheel anyway intuitive. Eventually, somehow, I found some music tracks to play but it was neither logical nor repeatable.

So referring to a manual to understand an Apple UI is nothing new.

Re:Fun for people (1)

Vectormatic (1759674) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861902)

yup, although i have no trouble with my ipod touch, there are some tricks you have to learn to fully control an apple device

never mind how cumbersome i find OS X, i never used it for more then five minutes at a time, and most stuff is very cumbersome/counterintuitive somehow

Re:Fun for people (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34862012)

So spinning around the wheel to go up and down and clicking the center button to select wasn't intuitive or repeatable? This is quite possibly the most simple interface designed for any mobile device. Did you have to read the manual to figure out how to change channels on a television? What about doors that don't provide a manual for their handle since you have to turn the handle clockwise or counter-clockwise to make it go in or out which is not intuitive in any way?

Re:Fun for people (2)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861170)

I would be pretty upset if I couldn't use my phone with one hand.

I don't own an iPhone, so it may be better without home button, but I use it quite a lot on my android phone (long hold to change apps).

And would hate to need to hands to copy text out of an email into a search box, or a name from an email into a contact.

or to simply tap out a text and then call someone while web-browsing.

Re:Fun for people (2)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861608)

I would be pretty upset if I couldn't use my phone with one hand.

I don't own an iPhone, so it may be better without home button, but I use it quite a lot on my android phone (long hold to change apps).

And would hate to need to hands to copy text out of an email into a search box, or a name from an email into a contact.

or to simply tap out a text and then call someone while web-browsing.

Exactly.

This might work well on an iPad... But I can't see it happening on the iPhone.

You have to be able to use a cell phone one-handed.

I routinely place calls, look up contacts, check my calendar, and check my email one-handed (on an Android phone). It's a little slower, it's a little more cumbersome... But you need to be able to do it. I don't always have two hands free. And I sure as hell can't manage a multitouch gesture one-handed.

Re:Fun for people (2)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861210)

Those of us with arthritis will be thrilled that we'll need to pass the iHandExercises test before we can buy a device without a Home button.

Let's not forget that the Home button is used with the Power button to take screen shots. It's also used to access the iPod feature when the iDevice is locked (double-push the Home button and you get the quick iPod controls).

Re:Fun for people (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861670)

It's not cool to have arthritis. It IS cool to use 5-finger touch on a shiny new iPad 2.

Re:Fun for people (1)

MrLogic17 (233498) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861926)

Ever see a lady with long fingernails use a touch screen? (The sound is deafing with all the clacking).

Now envision a long fingernail 5-finger gesture. Fail.

Re:Fun for people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861878)

This is actually a good point. I've been working in the fabrication industry for the past decade and seven years ago an accident cost me two of my fingers. I can still work, still type and everything else with what I have. Really one of the main reasons I haven't bought an iPhone yet is because it's not on the Verizon network. It looks like I now have a second reason more damning reason. I literally wont be able to use it.

Seriously, what's the point?

Home button will stay (4, Informative)

tekgoblin (1675894) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860738)

I do not think that Apple will remove a signature button from their iOS device lineup. The button also serves other uses such as a DRM or Hard reset on the device as well as other diagnostic functions besides just returning to the home screen.

Re:Home button will stay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34860830)

If Apple does remove the home button, I expect diagnostic functions could be move to the power button and sound rocker.
I think the new iPod nano works that way.

Re:Home button will stay (1)

tekgoblin (1675894) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860896)

That is possible it just seems awkward that they would make that move and confuse their user base.

Re:Home button will stay (4, Interesting)

Deag (250823) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860928)

I always thought the home button was a good design to make the iphone easy to use for everyone.

It also would affect the usability of the device to remove it. No matter what you do on your iphone, you have one button that brings you back to the start. This makes it very easy to use.

Some multitouch gesture would be the complete opposite.

Re:Home button will stay (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861222)

Replacing a simple method for an often-used feature (push home button), with a complex method (move X fingers in pattern A), would be Just Plain Bad interface design. I hope that Apple UI folks realize that. It's bad enough that the "home" button has already lost some of its simplicity (originally it always took you to the same familiar place with a single click no matter where you were; now it takes a varying number of successive clicks to get back to the "home" screen, depending on whether you're in a app group, whether that's on the first screen of apps or not, etc). But requiring a repeated multifinger gesture to get "home" would be a huge step backward in usability.

Re:Home button will stay (4, Insightful)

carou (88501) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860942)

I do not think that Apple will remove a signature button from their iOS device lineup.

I never thought they'd ditch the iconic "scroll wheel" which had been a signature design feature since the very first iPod...

 

Re:Home button will stay (1)

tekgoblin (1675894) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861004)

I do not think that Apple will remove a signature button from their iOS device lineup.

I never thought they'd ditch the iconic "scroll wheel" which had been a signature design feature since the very first iPod...

touche

Re:Home button will stay (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861128)

I never thought they'd ditch the monochrome screen and spinning platter storage, two REAL signatures of their design savvy...

Re:Home button will stay (1)

initialE (758110) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861002)

the button also breaks easily though, it's one of the first parts of an iphone to go. I know of people who jailbreak their phones to use an alternative to the button.

Re:Home button will stay (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861370)

the button also breaks easily though, it's one of the first parts of an iphone to go.

If true, it wouldn't be very difficult to just make a sturdier button.

I know of people who jailbreak their phones to use an alternative to the button.

I don't think that the preferences of a few ubergeeks are representative of the population at large.

Digitist! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34860744)

I only have one finger those insensitive clods.

It took me forever just to type this!

Obvious play? (3, Insightful)

emocomputerjock (1099941) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860800)

Is this because you can't patent a button but can patent multitouch gestures? Get enough people speaking your "language" and other manufacturers will have to pay to use your patented gestures.

What if you crash? (5, Insightful)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860820)

Not all apps are as stable as you'd like. You need something to press to exit to your home screen if your app decides it just wants to freeze...

Re:What if you crash? (1)

tekgoblin (1675894) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860948)

Never thought of that, With the new gesture being system wide it may offer the same escape from a frozen app just like the button. However how does this work when you are zooming out of a map on Google earth? Will it close the app?

Re:What if you crash? (4, Funny)

MrP- (45616) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861292)

I think a simple gesture would work, such as pretending you're playing Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 on the piano and then it closes the frozen app.

(And yes, I searched google for the hardest song to play on the piano [answers.com] for this joke.)

Re:What if you crash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34860966)

These gestures are recognized by the OS, not by the currently active app. If the app becomes unresponsive, the OS is still running. Just like on the Mac, I can drag windows around even for applications that are unresponsive.

Re:What if you crash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861012)

"Not all apps are as stable as you'd like. You need something to press to exit to your home screen if your app decides it just wants to freeze..."

If the OS allows an app to freeze the device it's an OS bug.

Re:What if you crash? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861040)

Then you reboot with the five finger death punch

Re:What if you crash? (2)

beelsebob (529313) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861160)

Luckily, the OS is in charge of handling events, and only hands them to apps if necessary. If it captures a 5 finger goatse gesture, it needn't pass it through at all, just switch apps straight away. In the same way as your app never gets told about alt-tab, and it always works whether the app has crashed or not.

Re:What if you crash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861644)

/sarcasm What are you talking about? Apple products never and software crash!

Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (4, Insightful)

LordKronos (470910) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860822)

Replacing the home button with multitouch gestures? So using the device will now require you to use both hands? Great! That should be fun when the people driving around me need to not only divert their attention to controlling their iphone/ipod touch, but now must take BOTH hands off the wheel to operate it.

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (1)

vivaoporto (1064484) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861192)

For the iPhone you have no excuse, anything you need to do while driving you can do with the headset shortcuts. Play / pause / stop / skip / go back / fast forward / rewind the music, make / finish / answer / ignore calls.

Anything else and you shouldn't be doing while driving.

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (1)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861584)

Multitouch means both hands? I thought it meant multiple fingers...

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861720)

I don't know how you hold your phone, but I like to have fingers 2-5 under the phone and use my thumb to click.

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (1)

vgerclover (1186893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861890)

One to hold the device, another to interact with it using all your fingers.

I regularly use my Galaxy S using only my thumb.

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (1)

Cerium (948827) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861960)

Well... Unless you're a telekinetic and can make your phone levitate while you perform your multitouch gesture, you'll probably need your other hand to hold the phone.

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861450)

It's a matter of interpretation of what Apple's intentions are with the new gestures. Some people might think that they are providing an additional but alternative way to activate the Home button. More alarmist views are "OMG. They've removed the Home Button by providing new functionality!"

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861662)

More alarmist views are "OMG. They've removed the Home Button by providing new functionality!"

You might think that...unless, you know, you RTFA where it says they are already testing buttonless ipads on campus. And you can follow the link to BGR (where they got the info) that says "Our source said Apple employees are already testing iPads and iPhones with no home buttons on the Apple campus, and it’s possible we will see this new change materialize with the next-generation iPad and iPhone devices set to launch this year".

So yeah, I'm sure someone is just being alarmist and misinterpreting something that very explicitly says this is happening.

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34862002)

I'm just saying that it's a rather extreme interpretation from a blog reporting on a rumor on another site with unknown sources about the implications of a beta software release on the next and unreleased product. The original site said that they were testing said products on Apple campus. I didn't read a lot of certainty in that.

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (1)

RossumsChild (941873) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861592)

Are your fingers not capable of independent movement? Multitouch gestures on any mobile device have always meant multiple-fingers, one-hand.

Where have you been? And how the hell did you get modded up for this?

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (1)

swillden (191260) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861754)

Are your fingers not capable of independent movement? Multitouch gestures on any mobile device have always meant multiple-fingers, one-hand.

It's impossible to perform multi-touch gestures with the hand holding the phone. Multi-touch inherently requires two hands -- one to hold the phone and one to perform the gesture. Well, unless you have a convenient, stable surface on which to place the phone and don't mind taking the time to put it down, perform the gesture, and pick it up again.

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34862008)

And how will you hold the phone and perform a four-finger gesture with one hand?

Re:Now it's a mandatory 2 handed device? (1)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861654)

Replacing the home button with multitouch gestures? So using the device will now require you to use both hands? Great! That should be fun when the people driving around me need to not only divert their attention to controlling their iphone/ipod touch, but now must take BOTH hands off the wheel to operate it.

You don't even have to be driving...

Good luck carrying a coffee while using your phone. Or opening a door... Or writing down notes... Or fumbling for your wallet...

So same feature more fingers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34860898)

So they want to replace a single finger feature with one that requires 4 or more fingers? Way to simplify. And what if I've lost a few fingers?

Re:So same feature more fingers? (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861492)

You don't even need to lose fingers for some of these multitouch gestures to be problematic. I have a pinched nerve that affects coordination with my index finger, so I tend to use my middle finger instead. One of my friends has cerebral palsy and has diminished coordination with all 10 fingers. People with arthritis or early-stage Parkinson's can have pain and/or difficulty with more complex gestures. Heck, I've seen people (mostly in Jobs' age group and older) who struggle a little with pinch and zoom.

Re:So same feature more fingers? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861610)

Try really dry hands, some mornings with it being -4DegF here the phone will not respond to any touches until Iick my finger.

This changes everything! (1)

Synn (6288) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860904)

I can't wait to see the marketing buzz for this:

Changes everything.

Magical experience.

Revolutionary.

A new saying is born (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34860906)

You can't go home on 3 fingers.

Screen Space (3, Interesting)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860926)

I like the idea for one reason - Maximized Screen Space. The entire front of the device will be a multitouch surface.

Re:Screen Space (1)

splerdu (187709) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860974)

+1 on that!

Home button functionality could easily be moved to a small button on the side, in case of crashed apps.

Re:Screen Space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861622)

That would be totally annoying. I already have a problem with my thumb touching the touch-part of the screen when I'm holding the iPad.

Re:Screen Space (2)

mmustapic (1155729) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861798)

You need a border around the mutitouch surface so you can grab the device. Otherwise your thumb would be generating touch events all the time.

Re:Screen Space (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861986)

For the iPhone, having the screen fill the entire front would:
1) Mean a change of display resolution, and not a simple doubling, but a change of the aspect ratio. or
2) Making the phone shorter. Which would make it a very odd shape for a phone. or
3) Make it wider, which would make it hard to hold

For the iPad, it would mean there's no way to hold it with one hand without making unwanted touches on the screen.

I guess what they could do in both cases though is to keep the screen size the same as now, but extend the touch sensitive area to the whole of the front of the device. Then they could have a virtual home button rather than a physical button. And also allow gestures that start or end off screen, rather like WebOS.

(Touches from the holding hand would be disregarded because they are neither gestures, nor touches in the home button area.)

Apple bashing (0)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860954)

You Apple bashers should just stick to gay jokes. Your new material sucks.

Re:Apple bashing (1)

DrgnDancer (137700) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861398)

I'm an iPhone user and a Mac owner (I don't say "Mac user" because my wife stole it :-)), and I think this is a pretty bad idea. There are are at least two major functions to the home key (return to the home page and task switching) and not many obvious or intuitive gestures left. Any of them are likely to require two hands. It's also much more comfortable to activate the phone by using the home key than using the power key. I'm all for the inclusion of new gestures to mimic the home key's functions, but not for the removal of the key itself. On the other hand this is completely unfounded rumor so we'll see what happens.

They won't (1)

joh (27088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34860968)

Come on, a four or five finger gesture to return to the home screen is totally undiscoverable and many younger, older or somehow disabled users won't be able to use it reliably at all.

Re:They won't (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861142)

Come on, a four or five finger gesture to return to the home screen is totally undiscoverable and many younger, older or somehow disabled users won't be able to use it reliably at all.

Older users are confused by anything new. And slow to learn. I know, I'm old. Bad reason to stop progress.

You are wrong about younger users. Just the opposite.

Disabled will have to change the gesture. If there isn't a way to do that then that needs to be fixed.

Re:They won't (1)

Xtravar (725372) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861764)

My grandpa just got an iPad. He loves it. I convinced him after he kept bitching about his computer and how it "had a mind of its own". With the iPad, tech support requirements magically go away. You are correct in that removing the home button would deny an entire market of elderly folks, so I agree.

what? (1)

kshade (914666) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861006)

How is this news?

Re: what? (1)

TimHunter (174406) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861460)

It's not. It's just a way to give the anti-Apple /. crowd a chance to post some mindless reflexive insults.

"OMG! Steve Jobs is taking away our home button! I don't even have an iPhone or an iPad and I'm still indignant! Only gay Apple fanbois buy iCrap!"

Less usable (1)

ktappe (747125) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861018)

If Apple does this, what took 1 finger in the past would now require 5. That's an indisputable step backwards in usability. Hope it doesn't happen.

Steve's dream (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861048)

In an ideal Apple world, the iPad would have no buttons and would just display a feed directly from Steve all day of what he thinks the user needs to see.

"how" is fine (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861068)

But what about "Why"? Has Steve Jobs said *why* we should do without a home screen button?

Re:"how" is fine (1)

TimHunter (174406) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861304)

Steve Jobs has not said anything about a home screen button. BGR has reported that "one of our Apple sources" said "some pretty wild information."

ASAR (Another Stupid Apple Rumor)

Anon (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861076)

I'm still waiting on gesture / multitouch "hotkeys"; IE: Using 2 fingers on the home screen and drawing a "B" would toggle Bluetooth. (I Hate always having it on , as it drains battery, but when I step into my bluetooth-enabled vehicle, I'd like a quicker way to toggle). Same thing could be done with many other toggled options such as wireless, 3G, etc..

Jiggle (2)

tomasf (1524515) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861198)

FWIW, there's no way (afaik) to stop icons from jiggling when you're done rearranging them, other than pressing the home button. I guess they'll have to fix that one.

Think different (from usability) (2)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861254)

Perhaps it's just because i'm not in the crowd Apple is aiming for, but i really wish my Android phone had _more_ buttons, not less, and i wish they were physical buttons rather than the damn stupid software buttons.

It's nice that i can turn the volume up and down without waking my phone up, but if there were actual physical buttons then other functions could be mapped to those buttons for use when the screen was locked/off. I could even get by with just one working remapable button (though more would be better of course) which i would map to "next track" when using the music app and to "go back 30 seconds" when using Audible's app. Both of those are functions that i frequently want to do while driving but are made awkward by the need to wake the phone up and unlock it in order to enable the soft buttons, while keeping my eyes on the road at the same time. Switching from a dedicated mp3 player with physical buttons to a phone was definitely a case of two steps forward, one step back.

Re:Think different (from usability) (1)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861762)

Switching from a dedicated mp3 player with physical buttons to a phone was definitely a case of two steps forward, one step back.

True but the controls on my Desire (with winamp app) are still better than my damned temperamental iPod scrollwheel, only about 1/4 of which seems to respond to being touched.

Shake it to wake it (1)

Tovias (798585) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861256)

I'm not sure I like the idea of going completely to a touch screen. I've had iPhones go a little wonky at times and needed that physical button to clear things up.

The gesture for Flash (2)

DiamondGeezer (872237) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861264)

...is bring up a picture of Steve Jobs, then place the back of your middle finger against the screen and move up and down. It won't do anything but it makes you feel better

I'll be giving Steve Jobs a one finger gesture (0)

Enter the Shoggoth (1362079) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861278)

I'll be giving Steve Jobs a one finger gesture

Re:I'll be giving Steve Jobs a one finger gesture (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861314)

Wow you are so edgy and cool. You sure showed him!

Since (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861336)

I was raised in a (British) Commonwealth country, I will give apple a 2 fingered gesture...

No home button? Yes. Multitouch reset? No. (1)

RandCraw (1047302) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861392)

As kellyb9 suggests, a front panel free of buttons is likely to appeal to Jobs & Co. But instead of multitouch, it'd be easy and preferable to reset using a second button on the side, like volume.

Resetting via multifinger multitouch makes no sense, nor would simplifications like one finger pressing repeatedly, or one finger pressing and holding.

Occasionally iPhones freeze and ignore further screen input. What then?

A physical-button-based reset is essential on any device vulnerable to the Halting Problem.

Re:No home button? Yes. Multitouch reset? No. (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861446)

What then?

Then you press the on/off button, which is not the home button.

Need to be able to disable the home button (2)

wombatmobile (623057) | more than 3 years ago | (#34861476)

I would like to be able to disable the home button so the child with learning difficulties doesn't accidentally keep pressing it while I'm trying to get him to concentrate on the game unsupervised.

Apart from the fatal home button flaw (in this context), the iPad is a marvelous opportunity for teaching and rehabilitation.

steve jobs, wtf man? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861624)

What in the hell do you have against buttons? I love buttons.

For example, I love my keyboard. I enjoy the sounds it makes when I type.
It also doesn't turn into a smudgy piece of crap like an iPhone/iPad screen does.
Just watch. Keyboards for iMac will become touchscreen.... and then cost you $200.

I am just glad I am a PC user...

Ahh crap, what am I.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34861898)

What am I gonna do with these big bear claws of mine?

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