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Apple has sent out an invitation to the press for an event on March 7 on top of a photo that could only be an iPad. From this photo some people don't believe there will be a home button in the new iPad.
This is one of the more prevalent rumors, and it takes two forms. The first is that the new iPads won't have any Home button at all, taking after the Kindle Fire. The second is that the iPads won't have a physical Home button, but there will still be a touch-sensitive "special place" on the bevel you touch to go home.
The Magic 8 Ball: The Magic 8 Ball reads, "Don't count on it". Actually, the Magic 8 Ball gets all tingly about the idea of a touch-sensitive "special place," but that's because it doesn't get out too often. As for the idea of no Home button at all, well, it's probably the most common ding against the Kindle Fire. Windows 8's lack of Start button is ticking off almost all reviewers. And, as we now know, a lack of Home button means all sorts of hacky UI mods, so, sure, there's a good design option. Not.