Leaked Parts Reveal That The iPad 3 Does Have A Home Button [Images]

Leaked Parts Reveal That The iPad 3 Does Have A Home Button [Images]

When Apple sent out its press invitations for the iPad 3 announcement next week, many sites (us included) proposed that the upcoming device wouldn’t have a Home button. Such a conclusion was drawn from the fact that the invitation image didn’t show a Home button on the photographed iPad.

A new set of leaked parts reveal that Apple’s upcoming tablet does indeed possess a Home button. You all can rest easy now.

Repair Labs has the scoop:

The picture above is the iPad 3 digitizer. This part controls the iPad’s touch function, as well as includes your front glass. As you can see from our images, not much has changed in the look of your iPad. With the back housing in hand, and now with this piece, we can confirm your iPad will look a lot like the iPad 2, just that 1mm thicker. The picture above also proves that we will have the home button on the iPad 3, contrary to some reports that came out yesterday. We also can see that Apple is planning to have both black and white models of the iPad 3, which is not surprising.

Leaked Parts Reveal That The iPad 3 Does Have A Home Button [Images]

The digitizer connection indicates that the iPad 3 will have a new logic board. Previous part leaks have also indicated a different logic board layout and LCD connector for the rumored Retina display.

We’ll be covering Apple’s media event on Wednesday, so stay tuned for more!

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  • Jordan Clay

    This really isn’t surprising,  I doubt Apple would take away the most familiar control on the iPad

  • MacHead84

    I dunno that it has to be with it being familiar so much, as it has to do with it being easy. Having the home button is simpler to use than requiring a five fingered pinch which requires two hands to complete. One to hold the device and one to gesture. 

  • Snoop

    how does that front facing camera hole compare to the iPad 2 glass?

  • maccid

    Whew… I like that home button. That iconic little button is all Apple. Removing it would have just made it look more like any other tablet. Same goes for the iPhone.

  • Radtech51

    Have faith in Apple, if they do any change to the home button it’s because it works better. However it doesn’t look like we have to worry about any change quite yet maybe someday.

  • Skywaytraffic

    Well piss. That’s boring.

  • 33VA

    I think it would feel cheap without a physical button. I hate how andoids dont have a home button. It just doesn’t feel as reliable ya know?

  • Paul Lloyd Johnson

    I wish CoM didn’t speculate on EVERYTHING and propose things that clearly aren’t going to happen (7″ iPads, droping the home button, etc). If you guys just took a day to process stuff first then you wouldn’t be constantly predicting stuff wrongly! Oh and frankly, for fans of Apple, you really can’t seem to figure out how they operate.

  • joewaylo

    True, but it would increase screen real estate. Maybe even line up with some of the concepts posted on YouTube.

  • Skywaytraffic

    Actually they speculated on 8 inch iPads, not 7 inch… and dropping the home button, not “droping” it.

    Just a friendly correction.

    trololololol

  • Skywaytraffic

    Actually they speculated on 8 inch iPads, not 7 inch… and dropping the home button, not “droping” it.

    Just a friendly correction.

    trololololol

  • Len Williams

    I called it on the initial speculation: The home button was simply Photoshopped out for simplicity so that the white text over that area of the image wouldn’t be hard to read. I use this design technique all the time.

  • Gautam Harvey

    there is no home button because what you saw in the invitation picture with the new screen for the 15 inch Mac Book Air  :)

  • Nathan Dobbelaere

    Maybe it’s just the cover of the 8GB iPad 2?

  • Don Pope

    Of course there’s a home button. It’s part of what makes the iPad so much easier to use than all the other tablets. That button is obvious, discoverable and inviting. Pinches and swipes are not.
    “When in doubt, press the home button”. 

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