The iPad 3 Has No Home Button

The iPad 3 Has No Home Button

It seems pretty likely that the invitation to Apple’s iPad 3 event includes a shot of the new model.

The display is particularly sharp and smooth – just like the anticipated retina display for the device.

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.  But there’s no sign of a home button, a design change that Apple has been allegedly been toying with for some time.

In fact, there were rumors that the iPad 2 would be the first iOS device to ship without a home button.

Google has already deprecated the use of physical buttons on devices and moved to software-only onscreen controls. It looks like Apple — long a hater of physical buttons — has decided to join them.

Or the whole thing could be upside down.

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  • Nathan Liu

    A ‘hope’ button? We need that, to hope there is still a home button.

  • MacintudeConnor

    Finally, a Cult of Mac post that actually makes some sense and sounds like the author has an inch of knowledge about Apple.

    The bubbles on the wallpaper hints that it’s in portrait mode too.

  • etmedic

    landscape mode guys :)

  • Darrel J Conway

    “Hope button.”  That would be unique!

  • Sean Smith

    Um… how does one know that the iPad in the above shot is, in fact, in portrait orientation and not landscape? This seems like pure speculation.

    “…there’s no sign of a hope button…”
    OH NO, THERE’S NO HOPE!! ;)

  • Blake Beavers

    Too bad it is in Landscape…

  • Jamie Sweetland

    I’m not sure that this iPad is “clearly in portrait mode”. You can’t see the edges of the display, and given the narrow band that is visible it could easily be in landscape mode.

  • Sean Smith

    How do the bubbles hint at that? Doesn’t the wallpaper retain the same orientation no matter which way the iPad is held?

  • teslakiiing

    How is it clear its in portrait orientation?

  • syned

    “no sign of a hope button” for Android

  • MacintudeConnor

    No, it’s not the same in landscape. The three bubbles shown in my image aren’t the same in different orientations.

  • recyclops117

    I’m really starting to hate this site..

  • lrd

    Wasn’t Eric Schmidt that question the need for an iPad when it first came out? And now you’re waiving Google’s flag in victory, per say? And over button nonetheless! How soon or conveniently we forget.

    The next thing you’ll be saying is that Google invented the tablet.

  • PhilBlais

    Why is it clearly in Portrait mode? I mean, we don’t see the dock connector either… 

  • Slurpy2k11

    ‘Copies Android’? Really now? We need to read this kind of shit even on this site?

    *sigh*

  • Tony Orr

    I’m doubtful that its in a portrait orientation however the gaps between dock apps look closer together than my 6 dock apps in landscape mode so I guess its possible. If it has or hasnt a home button I can honestly say I’m not really bothered. 

  • m0rgan23

    Wrong

  • Mohammed S. Alazemi

    Portrait, 5 icon on dock.

  • Vincent Frietman

    Come one.. this is just a bad Photoshop job.. 
    Check the size of the finger compared to the icon… Either that is a tiny finger, or a huge iPad. Also the glow on the thumb, Even though it isn’t resting on the screen. So I’m not surprised if the wrong screenshot is used in this orientation..

  • lukehobster

    How do we know it is in portrait? Perhaps the iPad 3 can now have more buttons on the dock? Who knows…

  • Chris Maddison

    If you have 5 icons in your dock in portrait mode the home button falls directly below the 3rd (and centre) icon. In the promotional image this means the home button would be located directly below the ‘Maps’ icon and the lighting of the image simply obscures the home button from sight. 

    (It has to be 5 App icons in the dock as this is the only way the app icons match the wallpaper bubbles behind them)

  • Max Nagtegaal

    It is in landscape mode guys.. look at the space between the apps: 
    http://cdn.loopinsight.com/wp-… 
    http://cdn.gottabemobile.com/w… (second one is iPad 2)

  • Alexander Bogatskiy

    Or it could be a 7-inch iPad in landscape

  • ZeroLeonheart

    It’s just jailbroken. ;D

  • Ed_Kel

    You have way too much time on your hands.

  • Ed_Kel

    The iPad 3 having no physical buttons makes sense to their announcement. “See and touch” = retina and no physical buttons.

  • Nathaniel Allen

    invert your iPad so the home button is up and you have that same image minus the button

  • aanderson9048

    They could have >4 icons in the dock

  • Gustavo Santana

    the edge is all black, thats strange

  • etmedic

    No need for rumor anymore, only “7 days” left and we gonna have the real story

    beside of that who can confirm that if the iPad 3 having HD screen won’t have new background screen since resolution gonna change

    we won’t need to wait for long to find out now :)

  • WVMikeP

    screen rotation lock.

    BOOM

  • WVMikeP

    screen rotation lock.

    BOOM

  • Christian Montiel

    Clever

  • FriarNurgle

    You would then be able to see the camera. 

  • joewaylo

    That would be a tattle tale it’s upside down for sure. The front facing camera sits in the middle of the iPad 2′s top section.

  • Greg Smith

    I’m guessing – if all other reasons are exhausted – they just photoshopped it out to make the invitation seamless.  It’s a design thing.  We’ll probably see a home button…  I did notice that immediately though.

  • Ben Graham

    no, the positions of the bubbles show the ipad is portrait, however the photo is taken on the right side of the device. The dock must have 6 icons on it and therefore could still have a home button as it would be further left than the maps app.

  • Jonathan Burnos

    true… but if it was an ipad2 the camera would be in the pic. 

  • TheMacAdvocate

    I’d say correcting an assumption that purports to be some kind of groundbreaking development is time well-spent. Thanks, Connor.

  • Camerongerardy

    uh guys if it’s in portrait mode then… where is the dock connector ?

  • Skywaytraffic

    Apple would never release promotional material with the iPad in landscape. The iPad is a portrait device. Galaxy Tab’s are the landscape monstrosities. While the Tab likes copying the iPad from time to time, it never happens the other way around. Pun intended.

  • ddevito

    they copied Samsung

  • pawelratajczak

    That is landscape mode buddy

  • Christopher

    While you’ve been distracted by the “home button” larger clues and simply putting them together are being ignored.

    1. New Apple TV also being launched

    2. Keynote icon is featured
    3. CNBC gets it wrong about iPad3 launch in NYC but the kernel of truth is probably there
    4. Apple pushing iPad into Enterprise/Business environment
    5. Look at the nifty way iPad3 can be used for a presentation on your big TV when paired with the new Apple TV (I mean the real Apple TV, not the fabled “Apple TV”)
    6. Take it away NYC and take over this presentation with your iPad3 and Apple TV and show us how nifty this can be

  • FriarNurgle

    You are correct, but Ed_Kel’s comment is still funny. Also Thanks for confirming this for us. 

  • MacintudeConnor

    Yep. Two minutes is a lot of time.

  • themindofdevin

    If there is indeed no home button, how will screenshots be taken? Not only that, but what if your iPad freezes up? You typically need to press & hold both buttons…no?

  • Skywaytraffic

    Whatever you say, buddy.

  • Ed_Kel

    Relax there good sir, my comment was all in good fun. I agree with the fellow, but I couldn’t keep myself from saying it. : )

  • rjove696

    Makes sense. “…have to see. And touch” You push a button not “touch” it, hence no home button

  • Ed_Kel

    Can’t take a joke? Geeze; lighten up.

  • pawelratajczak

    Time will tell

  • dave01568

    There goes dfu mode for jailbreaking

  • macgizmo

    This article, and the entire thread of comments, are exhaustingly hilarious! Only an Apple device could spark a debate on the orientation of the device in a promo image with so much passion.

  • UriKelman

    Or maybe the iPad is horizontal. Waist of an article. Waist of bandwidth. Exactly what I expect from Cult of Mac

  • Kayhan BELEK

    photshopped… Where is page indicators (little white dots)

  • UriKelman

    I believe the finger is covering up the page indicators

  • markrlangston

    The only thing that seems certain to me is that the resolution will be higher resolution. 

    Definitely not clear that this is a portrait shot. Even if you get it right do you really think anyone will care that you “guessed” right? Seems sites are so happy to report things first. 

    Know this, I don’t think anyone cares who’s first, just who’s right. Getting the scoop on other sites doesn’t really hold much water if the next site will have the same info 10 minutes later.

  • markrlangston

    The only thing that seems certain to me is that the resolution will be higher resolution. 

    Definitely not clear that this is a portrait shot. Even if you get it right do you really think anyone will care that you “guessed” right? Seems sites are so happy to report things first. 

    Know this, I don’t think anyone cares who’s first, just who’s right. Getting the scoop on other sites doesn’t really hold much water if the next site will have the same info 10 minutes later.

  • Arwin de Dios

    what a stupid post.. its simply captured on landscape mode…

  • avonord

    Or maybe it’s a 7″ tablet in landscape mode? :)

  • FrederickSzczepanski

    Oh, Connor, who stuffed a dick in you and forgot to pull out before it was too late today?

  • macfoxpro

    Don’t be a Richard, Richard.

  • Kayhan BELEK

    set that wallpaper. and check six big water drops upper the finger. these water drops near the right of the screen  

  • Alan Perez

    No Spotlight ???
    interesting

  • Alan Perez

    Hey everyone, its a snapshot of the iPad with the regular “drops of water ” wallpaper, on the right in vertical position 100% sure, try it out with yours!!

  • FZS

    Its a  7 inch in portrait mode. set the wallpaper on you ipad and check the relative position of the drops to the icons. its only possible if the icon sizes are smaller. The drops seen on either side of the calender icon are only possible if the icon size is smaller.
    Its not possible in landscape mode and not even if you put more 5 or 6 icons in the dock.
    And yes it seems that the home button is missing though it can be out of the picture area given the positioning of the drops.

  • Radtech51

    Something to consider also is the screen resolution will be different, twice as high on the iPad 3 then on the iPad 2 so we need to take that into our evaluation as well.

  • Hubert Kunnemeyer

    Maybe it’s not an iPad at all.

  • Radtech51

    sorry about the repeat post.

  • FZS

    Its a  7 inch in portrait mode. set the wallpaper on you ipad and check the relative position of the drops to the icons. its only possible if the icon sizes are smaller. The drops seen on either side of the calender icon are only possible if the icon size is smaller.Its not possible in landscape mode and not even if you put more 5 or 6 icons in the dock.And yes it seems that the home button is missing though it can be out of the picture area given the positioning of the drops.

  • FZS

    maybe its a spaceship.

  • FZS

    Its a  7 inch in portrait mode. set the wallpaper on you ipad and check the relative position of the drops to the icons. its only possible if the icon sizes are smaller. The drops seen on either side of the calender icon are only possible if the icon size is smaller.Its not possible in landscape mode and not even if you put more 5 or 6 icons in the dock.And yes it seems that the home button is missing though it can be out of the picture area given the positioning of the drops.

  • Eugeniu Vozoca

    It’s just in landscape

  • prof_peabody

    ALL Apple promotional materials and product photographs are “Photoshopped” to some degree.  This is a known fact.  

    Given that fact, this kind of speculation is rather useless.  

  • JorgeMaat

    Guys, look at the thumb, there is a huge glare on the nail but it is not above the screen and it is not even that bright? bad Photoshop job?

  • Porkbamboo

    akiid

  • Singh Amardeep

    do you also see that there are no paging dots? that really wierd

  • Porkbamboo

    It’s all out of proportion.  The black edge is nearly twice as thick as the ipad2.

  • MacintudeConnor

    Never even thought about that.

  • MacintudeConnor

    Never even thought about that.

  • Ralph Vasco

    Isn’t that corner a little too dark? Maybe a different back material?!

  • FZS

    i was mistaken. its 9 inches only. the icon size increases when we move it, so it was because of this it seemed that icons were smaller.

  • FZS

    its not 7 inch. i was mistaken.

  • FZS

    its not 7 inch, i was mistaken.

  • James

    everything i hear excites me.

  • Shaun Green

    Would love it if they ditched the home button. It’s the only thing I don’t like about the current iPad.

  • thehighesttimes

    Perhaps there could be a home button on the new iPad, but it’s more of a touch button like what you have on the old style PS3′s. It would light up and be usable only when you’re using an app and seen as this is on the home screen it isn’t visible.

    I hope it’s not, but it could be.

  • Theyseeyoutrollin

    Holy cow. I just put this wallpaper on my ipad and tested it out. Those bubbles are below the dock and cannot be seen in landscape. 

    also the place where those bubbles are on the wallpaper is very close to the middle. It definitely doesn’t have a home button.

  • Badcaos Morte

    This is insane… i reed all the comment’s and than i realize, this is insane.. we just talking about a picture.. of a stupid invitation..

    anyway. if there is a clue is the home button “lack”.. or we maybe gotta look at the reflection

  • ashamam

    No home button and the bezel becomes touch sensitive with new gestures in 5.1

  • kwik3mart

    I noticed the same thing! I think it’s a valid conclusion, users can do without the home button much like the Blackberry Playbook, where navigation is solely based on screen edge gestures. This is already evident in OS X Mountain Lion’s trackpad gesture to show the notification center, so it’s a really good possibility for the iPad 3!

  • Hampus

    Sorry to bring it to you (although someone else probably has already) but the landscape icon spacing is the same (no matter the amount of icons) as the spacing is with four icons (that is, the default) in portrait and that up there fits with that spacing so it really doesn’t tell you anything.

  • ?????

    The spacing of the icons. It’s portrait, 5 icons in the doc, and judging by the dock background Maps is in the middle. The home button has been ‘shopped out because it would get in the way of the text. So… nothing to see here.

  • Max Loubet

    Well, if it was upside down, wouldn’t there be a front-facing camera there??

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