As seen above, iOS 4.3 beta includes some really cool new gestures, and ones that allow you to use four or five fingers to simply pinch to go back to your home screen, among others. This suggests, according to some, that Apple could remove the home button in next-gen iPad, iPhone !
In fact, "Boy Genius Report is reporting that, according to one of its sources, Apple is already testing iPads and iPhones without home buttons on its Cupertino, Calif., campus. However, since the report itself admits the information is "pretty wild," and as AppleInsider pointed out, " readers should take it with a grain of salt."
In addition to the new gestures, and according to AppleInsider, Apple's iOS 4.3 beta reveals a new 'Find My Friends' feature, as well as new iPads, iPhones.
Back to the new gestures, according to Gizmodo which tested them, "A pinch brings you to the Home Screen, a swipe up or down reveals and hides the multitasking bar, and swipes left or right allow you to switch between apps.", and that..... "All the gestures feel natural—particularly the Home Screen pinch—and at no point during my testing did I feel like I would accidentally trigger one of them."
In conclusion, it's obvious that the iPad 2 and the upcoming iPhone 5 are going to be radically improved over their current form factor. As seen in the video above, those next generation devices could put them, yet again, another generation or two ahead of all of the competition that we saw recently at CES 2011.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this very snowy Thursday, January 13, 2011