It looks as though the iPad won’t be the only one to get the new multitouch gestures unearthed in the iOS 4.3 beta. Boy Genius has released some iPhone screenshots that are claimed to come from internal testing at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.

We recently reported on the rumor that the next major version of the iPhone would have no home button. Instead, it was supposed that iOS would use multitouch gestures (two, three, four fingers, etc.) to replace the functionality of the home button.

This new report seems to support the theory of no home button on the iPhone 5. Apparently, Apple has been testing multitouch gestures on the iPhone (there is nothing to clarify if the screenshots are associated with new hardware) internally for quite some time…

BGR says,

“The shots are interesting because it looks like Apple is testing multitouch gestures on the iPhone in addition to the iPad. While this isn’t shocking, what’s interesting is that internally, the same amount of fingers applies to gestures on both devices.

What we mean by this, is that you have to use four finger gestures on the iPhone just like the iPad — kind of difficult such a comparatively tiny screen. It might be easier with say… a multitouch gesture area below the screen, sort of where the home button is? Oh, wait.”

Looks like we’ll be seeing more multitouch interface gestures in iOS 4.3.

Engadget confirmed this report with some follow-up,

“We just received an interesting tidbit of information on the above pic (and others that BGRhas its hands on). According to sources, after the iPhone 4 barroom debacle, Apple made significant changes to how it keeps track of — and identifies to third parties — its devices. Namely, the company began adding clauses to screens on the phones which read “Confidential and Proprietary, if found, please contact…” followed by a 408 number (that’s Cupertino, of course).

This prevents any misunderstanding from parties who may come across these devices. So what does it all mean? Well, not much, save that it seems these photos we’re viewing are in fact the real deal.”

What do you think about this news?  Can you see yourself doing four-finger swipes on your little iPhone screen?

  • I saw this a preparation for Apple to remove the home button. Instead of premiering the i5 without a home button and new gestures to replace it’s functionality, Apple can now remove the home button and claim that we already know how to use iOS with it.

    • Lerimer Santana

      Not really because iOS won’t have gestures for end users. It’s only for developers. I’m guessing it’ll be implemented in iOS 5 and maybe just for the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4 will have gestures disabled.

      • iOS will have gestures for end users. Have you not tried the iOS 4.3 Beta’s?

  • byteNapple

    Seems to me like a logical step. No home button equals more room to add to the lcd display size.

  • i want my screen to orient by gesture in the same way i can manipulate pictures on my MBP. i want to be able to twist my ipad into landscape from portrait with gestures. Once i have that, and the ability to launch apps again via mobileterminal, I think that its all i’ll need. I could do without the home button. they wear out anyway.

    • Feelthepain444

      Actually, you can open an app with mobilterminal. Just add the repo : repo.insanelyi.com. Lots of tweaks so you can launch app via mobileterminal, but what’s the point? It’s slower that way around…

  • btw, if anyone has found a way to successfully launch apps via mobileterminal since iOS 4.0, please please! let me know how you have done it

  • Burge

    And not one mention of the lock icon on the status bar …. Turn of rotate anyone ?

    • Shrike1978

      That’s been in since 4.0. Open the task switcher, scroll left to the iPod controls and tap the button on the far left.

      • Burge

        Well I never….. It’s just I don’t use the iPod on my Phone so I never swipe that way……

      • Burge

        Now I feel a right @#+¥

  • ST

    From my understanding, this is not the build released to developers. I have an Apple developer account and the version numbers are 8F5148b (4.3 b1) and 8F5153d (4.3 b2).

  • Lerimer Santana

    I remember when the iPhone 4 was found and placed on the I termed for everyone to see. I’d has super bad reviews, and noone wanted it. Today the iPhone 4 has Benny apples best selling phone. I believe that if we do get a radical new design that it will in fact surpass the volume of sales that the current phone has.