Apple's iOS 4.3 beta
and its multitouch gesture support are the first step in removing the home button from the iPhone and iPad, according to new sources. As several commenters suggested to us, and as BGR
has apparently had confirmed by an Apple source, the gesture addition is designed to allow the company to do away with the physical button, instead returning to the homescreen or calling up the app switcher with multitouch swipes. Meanwhile, there's talk of new apps and location-based services coming to the platform.