iPad 3 'Home Button' Parts Start Circulating in China

Claimed iPad 3 parts have been circulating for some time already, but a few more pieces to the puzzle are starting to appear. 9to5Mac posts this photo of iPad 3 home buttons in comparison to the existing iPad 2 ones.

ipad 3 home buttons
No real surprises, though it should help kill already sketchy rumors that Apple might do away with a home button altogether. The backside is slightly tweaked, though we'd be hard pressed to draw any conclusions from it. The biggest takeaway is that iPad 3 parts are continuing to leak as production and shipment draws near.

The iPad 3 is expected to arrive in early 2012, anywhere from February to April in timeframe. The iPad 3 is also expected to carry an ultra high resolution 'Retina' display.

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kobyh15 Avatar
162 months ago
The home button is an object of comfort for many users...especially new users. They may not know anything about iOS but they know if they get in trouble they can press the home button to get out. It's not going away yet.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xionxiox Avatar
162 months ago
Hoping the iPad 3 is cheaper cost since it will be smaller in size compare to the iPad, and iPad 2

I hope you're being sarcastic.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sammich Avatar
162 months ago
What's next? They changed the colour of the underside of the standby button?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
3bs Avatar
162 months ago
smaller bezel.
Is it smaller? I'm not sure. And I always thought it was a completely smooth circle with no edges

Edit: on 9t5Mac they do say several times in the post that the home button is smaller
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shadyriley Avatar
162 months ago
The home button I'd too iconic for them to take it away, its part of their design and brand. I think they put a led under the white circle for notifications when it's off.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Henriok Avatar
162 months ago
Many Bothans died to bring us this information…
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