Apple’s always looking to miniaturize its gadgets down to the slimmest, smallest form factor possible, which is why the venerable iOS home button is such a conspicuous space waster: although the button grounds users in the iOS operating system, it’s also a fairly big and bulky element of the front of the device.
According to Peter Zigich in his new concepts for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 mini and iPhone 6 Maxi, Apple should just eliminate it from the front of the device to make way for a nearly bezel-less screen. Bizarrely, though, he thinks it should be shifted to the lower left hand side of the device, in a lower location on each side.
It just looks weird to me, like being born with a navel under your armpit. Why move such a button from an intuitive place to a location that is inherently less intuitive? And why move the home button at all (let alone doubling the number you have?) when you can just abandon it, replacing it with gestures or other capacitive controls built into the device itself?
Here’s a couple more images, but make sure to check out all of Zigich’s concepts on his official site.Related