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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending April 27

John Cox | April 30, 2012
This week's announcement and almost immediate sellout of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June ignited anticipation for, well, awesome stuff related to iPhone 5.

That might be kind of a big deal. Or maybe not.

"The changes are clearly seen, though not really a huge chance to warrant any form of excitement," he concludes.


The new button "suggests that Apple might release the iPhone 5 without a touch sensitive button. However, we're not sure if that is a good idea or not ...," McKalin writes. We're not sure either because if you press a button that's not touch-sensitive, then the button wouldn't, you know, do anything. But McKalin actually might mean that it wouldn't be a "virtual" or on-screen button. That's a rumor that surfaced in 2011, the idea being if Apple turned the physical button into an on-screen button, there's be more room for a larger display.

And that observation, alas, brings us to Button Rumor, Part Deux. Apple Bitch noticed that a parts seller, of Shenzhen, China, also briefly showed on its website a Home button listed under iPhone 5 replacement parts. "The biggest surprise, or perhaps disappointment, for some is that the Home buttons appear to be round in shape. If the parts turn out to be genuine, then this would essentially quash any suggestion that Apple was redesigning the iPhone 5 with an oval touch capacitive Home button," Apple Bitch noted somberly.

Quash. Crush. Shatter. Devastate. Especially so when the source, TVC-Mall, is "fairly credible," according to GottaBeMobile's Adam Mills, who claims that the parts seller in the past "offered up parts of unreleased Apple products." Rollup thinks he forgot to modify "offered" with an adverb, like purportedly or allegedly or even hilariously.

Amazingly, there seems to be some confusion as to the new button's actual shape. Apple Bitch says it's "rounded" but GottaBeMobile agrees with Mac Rumors that it has a "rounded square" look.

Lisa Eadicicco, writing at International Business Times, adopted the iOSphere's distinctive Faux-Rational Tone that kids use when they're trying to sound grown-up. "However, none of this is for certain until Apple finally unveils its latest creation," she announced, as if discovering and sharing a fundamental principle of the Apple Universe.

But all this sturm und quash is in the eagle eye and passionate heart of the technorati. What of the great unwashed consumers? "It's unclear though if this change, if real, will be evident to consumers as that rounded square part of the button might sit below the surface of the phone's bezel rendering it invisible to users," Mills observes.

So apparently all they would see is ... the exact same button that they see today when they gaze fondly upon the face of iPhone 4 or 4S.

"There has been quite a bit of chatter regarding an oval shaped home button or the lack of a home button at all. But, for now, it appears that Apple will be sticking to its guns," he rather glumly concludes.


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