New photo of alleged iPhone 5S Home button part could point to fingerprint sensor

By , Sep 3, 2013

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As the September 10 iPhone event draws nearer, pundits have begun to cast their final predictions for what features Apple’s next smartphone will possess. A faster processor seems like a given, as do a better camera and new gold colorway, but what else?

A lot of folks also think that the iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint scanner built into its Home button. It’s been reported by analysts on several occasions, and evidence of it surfaced in iOS 7, but we have yet to see any real concrete proof. Until now?

French blog Nowhereelse.fr points to a new Home button flex cable that has recently surfaced online that may finally offer tangible evidence of the long-rumored fingerprint scanner. It’s more complex than that of the iPhone 5, with many new components.

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And it’s believed that these new components may be related to fingerprint sensor functionality. Add to this the fact that the part has an identifier (821-2092-01) in line with past Apple components, and appears to have been made in mid-July, and things get interesting.

So why would you want a fingerprint scanner in your Home button? Everything we’ve heard thus far makes it sound like it will be used, at first at least, to unlock your device. But the possibilities are endless: password replacement, mobile payments—you name it.

Of course, we won’t really know for sure what Apple has in mind for the feature until it officially announces the iPhone 5S next week. The phone is expected to launch alongside a less expensive handset, the iPhone 5C, in several countries on September 20.

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  • rafaelpz

    The leak from June must be for the 5C then.

  • Manuel Molina

    Not trying to sound like a hater or anything, but this iPhone just doesn’t sound so great like the iPhone 4 or 4S. At least Siri or the 4 in design and features were somewhat of an “wow”. This 5S and finger sensor, not so much in my opinion.

    • Eddie Leonard

      Dude, remember, THIS IS ALL RUMOURS! There is no 100% guarantee that this is what the next iPhone will have or wont have. Steve or Tim (cant remember which one) said that they don’t know how to make cheap products. So we might not even see a 5C or whatever. Its way to early to say if this is boring upgrade… Tim did say he is doubling down on security… These 5C leaks might be on purpose to draw attention away from the 5S (whatever its called) lol

      • Gus Me

        I know these are just rumors, but nothing they’ve done recently would make me think that they have something really “new and exciting” coming. The rumors line up with things they’ve done recently. Apple also said there wasn’t a need for a smaller iPad?

      • Rowan09

        Steve Jobs made the statement that the 7″ tablets are dead on arrival and they were and still is but the times change people’s opinion and the Mini is 7.9 so even though its smaller it still gives you a lot of screen. 7″ tablets are too small in my opinion especially since these phablet things are being made.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Rumors that are heard only a few days before an official announcement have proven not to be rumors anymore. :)
        I’m sure a fingerprint sensor is not the only new thing the new iPhone will bring to the scene…

      • Manuel Molina

        Although these are rumors, let’s be honest, after that huge leak with the iPhone 4 supposedly found in a bar and brought by Gizmodo and so forth, nothing has been consider to be a rumor; Apple parts and phones are always leaked like crazy these days.

        I kept hoping the iPhone 5 didn’t fit those rumors as it did, but they were all true. I’m not trying to be a dick about this, but Apple is not big on being a secret or hiding their products as they once did. And to be even more frank, there has not been anything ground breaking since the iPhone 4, just updated specs.

        I’m sure will see the 5C in plastic and the same as the iPhone 5 and 5S minus some small spec.

    • Martynet

      Every new iPhone model has better camera and faster processor. Enough for me to upgrade every year.

      • mav3rick

        And this is what they are after. Only that they insist on calling it innovation. Which lately after Jobs there is nowhere to see…

      • SonsoNL

        ohh cmon, other companies do the same damn thing, just because its apple they need to innovate and get bashes when they dont, while samsung htc etc. don’t do it either.

      • MVCHASE

        I was thinking of getting the iPhone 5S but frankly, I’m still very happy with my 4S which I’ve got it after 3G (3 and a half years). these devices are very well made. But I’m still sure after get my hands on the new 5S, I would really want it!

    • BearManPig

      I totally agree with you, with so many high end androids popping here and there like the just announced Xperia Z1 and the other 4k recording phone that have huge processors and what not, if the rumors are accurate and they just do a minor spec bump and fingerprint sensor it wont be that great…

  • Tobias9413

    Any possibility of NFC?

    • Glorin

      NFC? no…because they are already readying the already in devices bluetooth to do the same thing as NFC…

      • Tobias9413

        But i mean like being able to pay with your phone no credit card and that kind of stuff

      • Martina

        There will be a hugh change in “airpayment” to Bluetooth via Apple’s “Over the AirDrop” payment using Fingerprint Sensor for confirmations.. NFC technic is to expensive. Bluetooth is simple, cos you can use a simple 5 Bugs Dongle in a Ticket Counter PC to make it work!…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        That all sound brilliant but Samsung (Apples biggest rivals) seems to acknowledge the fact that most shops do not want to install expensive hardware. I think Passbook adoption is best suited for mobile payments since shops do not need any new hardware. By using Passbook all that a shop has to do is update their payment system (Apple could release an sdk of some sort to assist in this if need be) and that’s it. From the users perspective all they’d have to do is install the app / pass. If need be the system could be tied to your Apple ID and Apple could exclusively process the entire transaction and take a small transaction fee for themselves…

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Agreed up until the “take a small transaction fee for themselves”…

  • jocastro

    doubt it

  • jocastro

    they need to make a all sensor no button iphone lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/luisreyespr Luis

      I hate when i touch my xbox or an android phone by accident and it automatically presses it, even when it’s more elegant, i disagree on this functionality.

  • therealjjohnson

    I really don’t want a fingerprint sensor. How much time do we really spend putting in 4 numbers on the lock screen? I don’t need digital representations of my finger print floating around on servers out in cyber space.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      You might not but there are plenty of people out there that do. For starters I’m pretty sure after what’s happened with Prism governments want to secure their data as much as possible…

      • mav3rick

        What?!? If they want to eavesdrop on you your fingerprint will get in their way?
        They’ll get whatever they want on you and bonus your fingerprint with it.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Uhm, what’s your definition of secure? Just like Apple’s developer centre and/or activation servers?

        So long as your fingerprint is on their servers, it can’t be considered as secure, ’cause at anytime, some malicious smarty pant could hack into it and retrieve that data. Who knows what they’ll do with it, maybe escalate on identity theft…

      • http://www.facebook.com/luisreyespr Luis

        There’s no reason to store your fingerprint on servers, the same way there is not a need to store your ’4 number’ unlock password on the servers.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        There’s no need for it to be done that way, but neither was there any need for Government Amber alerts to be integrated into iOS…besides for “security” purposes.

      • Kurt

        +1
        glad you’re awake

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        So storing the fingerprint locally and encrypting it with a password or your Apple ID wouldn’t / couldn’t work?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Oh, that for sure would work marvelously (just like on my old HP laptop), but I have a feeling that wouldn’t be the case…we’ll find that out next week.