Yesterday’s dev release of iOS 4.3 revealed a myriad of new features to Apple’s already robust mobile operating system, but what’s prompting the most comment this morning is the new multitouch gesture introduced that allows you to pinch with your whole hand to return to the homescreen.
Now BGR is claiming that this new gesture is the first step to removing the physical home button from a future iPad. Nonsense, says I.
Boy Genius Report writes:
[We] are told that Apple, at some point in time, will remove the home button from the iPad’s design. Instead of button taps, you will use new multitouch gestures to navigate to the home screen and also to launch the app switcher.
No one’s arguing that Apple has a hatred of buttons, but this speculation is absurd. Why would Apple, a company which values simplicity and intuitiveness, replace a physical button with an utterly perfect purpose — to ground the user — with a convolute, easy-to-forget multitouch gesture that is utterly inaccessible to the handicapped.
No way. Apple may hate superfluous buttons, but that doesn’t mean they hate all of them.