Apple sparked a lot of controversy earlier this week when it sent out media invites to its iPad 3 event. The invitations included a photo of what most believe to be the company’s new tablet — with no Home button.

As you can imagine, this has led to a lot of speculation that Apple’s next slate will be button-less. But according to these new photos of purported iPad 3 components, that’s just not the case…

The folks over at Repair Labs have gotten their hands on what appears to be a couple of front glass and digitizer assemblies made for Apple’s new tablet. The parts look similar to, if not exactly the same as, the ones we saw surface last month.

Apple is expected to unveil the third-generation of its popular iPad line next week. The slate is said to feature a faster processor, higher quality cameras, LTE technology and yes, a home button.


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  • follow android’s suit, get rid of the home button

    • Kok Hean

      Copy Android? The ones without the buttons are the ideas of the companies, not Google.

  • Dan

    The picture where we didn’t see the button was simply an issue of perspective. Personally I think keeping the button was a good idea.

  • Anonymous

    Blah… Skip the home button and give the unused frame around the screen touch controls. It would be more useful and game friendly to have some extra off-screen controls than just have a home button. 🙂

  • Siv

    Hmm, which is likely to be more accurate…Apple’s promo pic that clearly has no home button or “the folks over at Repair Labs”?

    Hmm tough choice indeed.