iPhone 5 Release Date: Rumors Claim Modified Home Button Coming, What About Other Features?

By Vamien McKalin | Apr 26, 2012 12:38 PM EDT

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There have been many rumors about the new iPhone 5, but this latest from the mill seems legitimate, and that is mainly because of the source. Chinese supplier, TrueSupplier, who has information about Apple's next iPhone, is claiming that the device has a new home button that looks different compared to the one found on the iPhone 4S. If this is true, then rumors about a change in design for the iPhone 5 could be a reality.

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The button, which is being sold on TVC Mall under the name "iPhone 5 replacement parts," 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, since many smartphones are being released with a touch sensitive home button. Hence there might be a chance this rumor does not turn out to be true.

The main difference with the rumored iPhone 5 button when compared to the previous is the shape. This new button has a round design which looks similar to the iPhone icons we're come to love and hate over the years. This might give us an idea on what the UI design could look like when the iPhone 5 hits store shelves later in the year.

TrueSupplier has images of a side by side comparison of both the rumored new button, and the one on the iPhone 4S. The changes are clearly seen, though not really a huge chance to warrant any form of excitement.

Apart from the rumored new home button, the iPhone 5 is also expected to launch with a 4-inch Retina display, Qualcomm's "MDM9615" LTE 4G chip for high-speed wireless connectivity, and a slightly bigger frame to house a larger battery. A bigger iPhone with LTE and a larger battery to boot is what we've been asking for. If Apple does what fans expects of it, then the company would be having a runaway success in its hands.

(reported by Vamien McKalin, edited by Dave Clark)

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