Bizarre But Beautiful iPhone 6 Concepts Re-Imagine Home Button On The Side [Gallery]

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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.

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  • joewaylo

    Rub the home button off. Here’s a better idea for a concept. Steal Google and Blackberry’s idea of edge to edge swiping and make it better.

    From the bottom side, swipe up and the home button is revealed. Tap it to return to home. Open an app and the home button disappears again.

    When an app is running and options is one of the things needed, swipe up and the options is revealed including the home button.

  • Jonathan Ober

    Is it just me or do the home screens seem really cluttered and way crazy filled with icons.

  • HarryWessling

    Nonsense. We don’t need any more space on an iPhone.

  • RadTech5000

    I think it’s a great idea to put the home button on the side of the phone to free up more screen room, this is the kind of thinking I like.

  • iSteve

    Awful.

  • extra_medium

    Is it just me or do the home screens seem really cluttered and way crazy filled with icons.

    Yup, that’s what always cracks me up about certain apple fans who walk around pronouncing themselves as being so into minimal / clean design.. then you take a look at their computer or phone homescreen and its a messy jumble of icons and folders.

    I think this concept was just shown to demonstrate how much more room there is on the screen with this design though.

  • Timothy Williamson

    Home Button on the side…no thankie.

    Friggen Big Ass iPhone…yes please!

  • PhilQ

    The journalism on this site is amazing.

  • Los_Edwardos

    Does anybody know what wallpaper is used in those concept photos? I love it!

  • Bruce Schrock

    Is it just me or do the home screens seem really cluttered and way crazy filled with icons.

    Lol yeah. I jail broke my phone and changed the icons to a 3 row layout instead of a 4 row. Since then if i go back to 4 row i start feeling claustrophobic just looking at it.

  • CharilaosMulder

    Made by some Android fanboy who has no idea about Apple’s philosophy.

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