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Leaked iPhone 5S home button images further suggest a fingerprint scanner

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Rumors of a fingerprint sensor in the next iPhone(s aapl) are nothing new. In fact, Apple has been expected to implement a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone since it acquired AuthenTec last year. Now, less than a week ahead of the phone’s unveiling, alleged images of the iPhone 5S home button have surfaced, showing a redesign from the iPhone 5 which suggests that Apple is indeed planning to incorporate a fingerprint sensor this time around.

iPhone 5S home button in hand

These high-res images are once again courtesy of Sonny Dickson, who has brought us the majority of Apple leaks this summer, from the iPhone 5C to the iPad mini. Now, I’m not even sure what a fingerprint sensor looks like, or if we can even see one in these images without a more detailed closeup. What I do know, however, is that the sensors and wiring used here are visibly different from the iPhone 5. Considering Apple isn’t expected to make many other physical changes to the phone, it gives credence to the idea that a redesign could have happened to make way for a fingerprint sensor.

Why would Apple want to add a fingerprint sensor to the iPhone 5S anyway? Well, by placing a fingerprint sensor under the home button, it adds an additional layer of security, for one thing. It would also let Apple do away with the “swipe to unlock” feature. The home button itself is expected to be made of the same scratch-resistant sapphire crystal found on the lens of the iPhone 5.

Apple has confirmed that it is holding an event on September 10 where the iPhone 5S will almost certainly make its debut. So it won’t be long before we see whether or not a fingerprint sensor is included, and exactly what Apple plans to do with it.

iPhone 5S home button sideways

All images from Sonny Dickson.

13 Responses to “Leaked iPhone 5S home button images further suggest a fingerprint scanner”

  1. Andres Arcesio Torres Cano

    Besides avoiding the lost and / or stolen,( ) you can design applications for other fields that can generate value-added products and the acquisition of monetary exchange, only with fingerprint identification to avoid having to go to cash or not possess money at the time of acquisition.

  2. This is real. The silicon sensor that you swipe is the teeny dark blob in the center of the light disk. The black square connected to it is the co-processor that goes with the fingerprint sensor to process the fingerprint data pulled from it, comparing it to the data stored that will identify you as the authorized user. thereby unlocking (or denying if it is not you). It also provides the access security separate from the main phone processor, reducing the ability for it to be hacked. This was a big deal when we (UPEK, the inventors of this in the early 2000’s) introduced it for PC’s. Our competitor, Authentec, did this processing on the main PC Intel processor – which was totally open to being hacked. Authentec went public, bought UPEK and then sold itself to Apple.

    • A patent is not the design. a patent illustrates the idea of the design. apple could put the fingerprint reader on the back. And if you actually looked at this picture – you’d see Apple is suggesting that the fingerprint scanner be part of the swipe itself (which is also what Authentec – the company Apple bought, was trying to do).

      I suspect the fingerprint sensor will be on the home button itself…

    • The patent confirms nothing….it doesn’t show it’s design. The patent also indicates they want the fingerprint detection to work on the screen itself (see fig 12). THis is what AuthenTec was attempting…before Apple bought them. Patents are not designs of products – they illustrate a concept.

  3. Good! Hope it get’s added. Wish Samsung would follow suit. Why I love fps’s so much I don’t know but I do. Ever since I had one on my Laptop, I just love them. .. they’re just so cool. Auto start up just put your finger on the sensor.