Apple to remove buttons from next gen iPhones and iPads?

According to a tip received by BGR, Apple is going to remove the home buttons from iPad, iPhone and may be iPod touch and will introduce new touch based gestures in its newer devices that will allow users to go to the home screen or launch the app switcher.

We have exclusively been told that the reason Apple just added multitouch gestures for the iPad in the latest iOS 4.3 beta is because the iPad will be losing the home button. Yes, we are told that Apple, at some point in time, will remove the home button from the iPad’s design. Instead of button taps, you will use new multitouch gestures to navigate to the home screen and also to launch the app switcher.

It has also been said that Steve Jobs didn’t want any physical buttons on the original iPhone at first, and it looks like he may soon get his wish.