Apple have recently added another patent to their already full stable of distinguishing and unique techno gizmos, and this one sounds like it could be something from “Back to the Future II”.
The “Disappearing Button or Slider” is something Apple could be using as a replacement of certain hardware controls currently on their mobile devices, and could make an appearance on the iPhone 4G, which is rumored to be announced in the coming two months.
The “Disappearing Button or Slider” could also see the end of the popular “Home” key on the iPad, iPhone or iPad Touch, and could also replace the power key on the MacBook Pro. The idea of the button would be to be invisible to the naked eye, with no markings or prints, but be a capacitive touch sensor that responds to fingertip presses or gestures.
Not much more information has been revealed regarding this “Invisible Button”, but SlashGear have compiled a list of possibilities and diagrams that show where and how the buttons would work.
Will you be a fan of the “invisible button”, or would you prefer visible, pressable buttons to navigate around your iPhone, iPad or MacBook Pro?