OK — here we go again with the iPhone home button and leaked parts rumors. This one, concerning the home button, comes from the Apple Bitch, who apparently went digging around the China-based TVC-Mall.com, which is notorious for posting and selling parts for past, present, and future Apple gadgets. Apple Bitch reports that “TVC Mall has, in the past, appeared to act as a source for leaks of other components for unreleased Apple products. In January, prior to the launch of the new iPad, replacement power cables, microphone flex cables, headphone jack connectors and a Bluetooth antenna for the unreleased device appeared on the site.”
Like every purported sighting of an iPhone part, there is a built-in dubiousness associated with this rumor. I need not remind you of the proliferation of purported “iPhone 5″ cases that were on sale for much of the summer of 2011, which tech analysts dissected in hopes of diving the new size and features of an iPhone 5 that never emerged. Heck — even CaseMate got into the fray with iPhone 5 cases before the official announcement.
And don’t forget — we’ve also seen leaked photos of home buttons before as well.
Remember this leaked photograph of the home button that appeared to explode the hopes of an overhauled iPhone 5 in 2011? We also had this photo to contend with, showing assemblers working on what was purported to be iPhone 5 glass displays with a cut-out for an elongated home button. Many believed that this photo was a sneak peak at the capacitive, multi-touch home button that had been heavily rumored for the iPhone in 2011.
On the subject of the elongated home button, the Apple Bitch appears to trust these new home photo photos, commenting that “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.” It is worth noting that if — and if is a big if here — these home buttons are legitimate, they are in fact smaller than the original home buttons used as late as the iPhone 4S. The actual circular button on the right is smaller, even though its base is the same dimensions as the old home button.
This would indicate to me that Apple could in essence reduce the size of the home button itself, while still conforming its connective features so that internal components would not have to change as much. All of this could be leading to a slight increase in screen size while still maintaining the basic dimensions of the iPhone, a notion that has recently picked up steam in the rumor mill. But we’re a long way from believing this rumor. Sure, it is possible that a Foxconn staffer stuck their hand into a vat of these home buttons and somehow (I don’t want to know how) smuggled them past security. But a more likely explanation is that tweaking a few home buttons can throw a lot of traffic to a website like TVC-Mall.com.
By Michael Nace