Apple iPad 3 Digitizer Frame Leak Shows Home button

There were rumours that Apple would get rid of the home button from the iPad 3 after the event invite was sent to journalist with the main photo showing a frame without any home button.

Even though that sound extremely appealing (remember Ice Cream Sandwich devices have the option of bypassing physical buttons altogether and the Nokia N9 with Meego onboard has no physical buttons at all), it is unlikely to happen.

The pictures were leaked by Fix-iPhones.com and show the digitizers for the black and white version of what appears to be the new iPad; not surprisingly, the site appears to be down (ed : you can find the article here).

Not much can be guessed from the pictures other than the fact that the bezel appears to be as thin as the existing iPad tablets. The iPad is set to launch in just over two days at an event in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts.

The device is said to come with a 2560x1920 pixels display and there are rumours that both a cheaper version of the iPad 2 and a smaller iPad (possibly with a 7.85-inch screen) will be unveiled.

ITProPortal.com has a live blog of the event from London, covering the pre-iPad 3 buzz happening in the hours prior to the launch, rumours and the launch itself on Wednesday 7th. We suggest that you follow and bookmark this real-time live blog thread.