iPhone 5S packaging (tweaked Home button, CTechCN.com 001)

We’re just days away from Apple’s big reveal. Oddly enough, there’s been little – if any – credible leaks to support the fingerprint scanning thesis, which analysts and industry insiders alike believe to be the handset’s killer feature. So, either Tim Cook & Co. have tripled-down on secrecy or the rumor-mill has been taking us all for a ride.

Unless someone comes out with a better piece of evidence than these blurred photographs of a supposed iPhone 5S packaging, we’ll have to speculate whether or not anything has changed about the iPhone’s iconic Home button.

Have a closer look at the images right after the break, pinches of salt and everything…

9to5Mac alerts us to the Chinese-language C Technology which this morning published  the images seen top right and below. These questionable shots appear to depict the iPhone 5S in Apple’s standard white box.

But take a closer look at the Home button.

iPhone 5S packaging (tweaked Home button, CTechCN.com 002)

Unlike the current design – the round recessed button with the iconic square icon in the middle – here we have a significant departure. It still looks the same, but the square icon is gone and there’s a noticeable silver ring surrounding the button.

The image seemingly contradicts KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who claimed the iPhone 5S will have a sapphire-protected convex Home button to support and protect the delicate fingerprint sensor. I was able to confirm with my sources that is not the case.

Sketchy evidence of a fingerprint sensor on the next iPhone includes iOS 7 code strings referencing a “Biometric Kit”. People have also found another reference of an image of a person placing their thumb over the Home button for recognition.

Previously leaked parts do indicate the possibility of some sort of a change with the Home button design, quite possibly in order to accommodate a fingerprint sensor.


One revered analysts believes the fingerprint sensor will initially be used for basic tasks, such as easy device unlocking and user authentication on websites and in apps, with secure mobile payment authentication possibly coming next year.

The extent of the Home button redesign varies wildly, depending on who you ask. Mark Gurman, for example, heard the button looks the same while noting it “could have tweaked etching”.

FOX News reported Clayton Morris was first to speculate that a few silver rings with plain white interiors featured on Apple’s invitation could point to a Home button redesign.

Apple invite (September 10 2013)

“I heard silver ring, but that was in prototypes,” Morris tweeted.

In the below video of his appearance on the web show This Week in Tech, Morris tells host Leo Laporte that he was “unequivocally” certain that the iPhone 5S in fact incorporates a fingerprint sensor beneath the Home button.

“From what I’ve understood it’s an ‘innie,’ and it’s going to have a silver ring around it,” Morris said.

Moreover, the credulous Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying that the high-end iPhone 5S “will include a new feature, a fingerprint sensor,” but not the low-cost iPhone 5C.

Luckily, there won’t be too long a wait until the fingerprint scanning mystery is solved as Apple has scheduled a news conference at its Cupertino headquarters on Tuesday, September 10, which should “brighten everyone’s day”.

  • pauleebe

    The sensor is probably the ring …

    • ConduciveMammal

      I doubt it, it would need more that a 2-3mm ring to accurately measure a fingerprint.

      • Brandon Miranda

        i dnt think u knw wht ur talkin bout

      • ConduciveMammal

        Well looking at your spelling skills, I can’t imagine you do either.

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    • Moi

      I also think that the grey rings in apple invitation stand for the sensor , I believe so cuz that rings seem to be out of the general design of the invitation !

    • dpacemaker

      I think the ring is going to have a light under it. One light shows authentication another will show the denial of authentication. I believe this is leading the way to having multiple user profiles on iPhones and iPads.

  • Diego

    Hope that’s true

  • omrishtam

    fake-on the picture of the iPhone there is a black background…..apple wouldnt do that…..NEVER! especially when it comes with iOS 7 which is SUPER colorful

    • Maxim∑

      I think it’s dark grey with a slight gradient. It might be real

      • omrishtam

        dont think so…even if it was dark grey it is still not logical that apple would do something like this on iOS 7….

      • Maxim∑

        yeah I agree, makes more sense to have some color

      • Maxim∑

        “I downloaded these image files from their original source and checked their EXIF data. It says that these images have been modified using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 (Macintosh). Other than that, EXIF also reveals that these were originally taken on September 6th at around 23:00 (time zone unknown).”

      • He Ro

        I think the adobe was use for the watermark on the picture?

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        iOS7 is colored after the color of the phone(at least boot screen) so its actually pretty logical…if the phone was white,wallpaper would be white-to-grey gradient

    • Rickm_jr

      Black and white can both make colors pop though

    • Markus Hudobnik

      I think they are doing it black with black iPhone and white with white iPhone. Makes the most sense, especially with iOS 7 and the different colored boot screens

      • omrishtam

        it will look ugly like hell…they wont do it believe me

  • Husam Hamed

    Hope not! That’s super ugly! I find the button itself a bit too big on the phone, with the silver ring around it it’ll just make it look worse!

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      the ring is not “pushable”

      • Husam Hamed

        I know, but I like my screen clean.. no frame no buttons no nothing. The front of the black iphone is awesome cuz in some angles you can’t even see the edges of the screen and it feels like the whole front panel is a screen… I don’t know but framing the button with a silver ring is just ugly.

      • Zachary Sloane

        some people will complain about anything..

      • Husam Hamed

        It’s not “anything” … It’s like putting a ring on someone’s face.. Some people like it and some people don’t. I personally find it ugly and it kills the simplicity of the front panel that’s all.

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        buy white model then

    • dpacemaker

      I think the ring if it is real will have a light under it. One color for authentication and another for denial of authentication. I think the sensor may pave the way for separate iPhone and iPad user profiles.

  • chumawumba

    Does anyone know how to take a decent photo?

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      For someone who seems to be able to unpack an iPhone 5S ahead of time to hold such a crappy camera looks inconsistent to reality. But who knows…

      • M Last

        this is a empty box
        take easy 😉 you will get it soon 🙂

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Living in Argentina and having recently acquired an iPhone 5? I doubt it but anything is possible. ;P

    • ConduciveMammal

      In an environment where secrecy is everything and likely CCTV covering as much space as possible, it’s not entirely viable to pull out a camera and take the time to set up the shot properly to make a decent photo.

    • Mohamed Hassabo

      So many leaks come blurred for some reason..

  • Marcus Daniel Houser

    Nobody has noticed that if this is iOS 7 … why is there 6 rows of icons, and 2 music icons…? I call fake as hell

    • englishmike

      One is iTunes Store!

      • Marcus Daniel Houser

        Yeah I got a better look at it, but still 6 rows?

      • Jeff K

        It’s the 5 normal rows plus the launch bar. Just like the 5 has.

      • Marcus Daniel Houser

        Your Talking to a 4 user, my mistake.

      • Jeremy

        First 5 rows are supposed to be there. The “sixth” row is the main dock where your main apps go.

    • Chindavon

      It shows iOS 7 icons.

    • Facebook User

      I see 5 rows and the dock. It might be fake just because of what that one guy said. Black background.

  • Trevor Salmon

    Sorry for this being of topic but where has the link gone for Semi-Restore for OS X? I need to sell my 4S but i want to keep the jailbreak and clear my data off the phone.

    • Sirex

      SemiRestore for OS X has been discontinued. Please use the SSH version.

      • Trevor Salmon

        i’m not familiar with how to do it the SSH way. Is there a youtube video for that?

      • Trevor Salmon

        Can someone just send me the Mac program? Why was it discontinued?

      • Sirex

        It was discontinued because the developer does not have a Mac and it was extremely buggy. Just download the SSH version and run: ./semi-restore

    • Facebook User

      Semi restore don’t really fix anything the same as ilex rat.

  • Bennett Newsome

    Why would apple, whos been all about the colors lately put a iPhone w/ a black (or dark) background on its packaging. Does not seem consistent w/ what they’ve been pushing lately. I’m having a hard time believing this one…

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Look at the boot colors of black vs white iPhone on ios7. Different colors. It might match that

  • Sero Eskandaryan

    Alright so this guy made a mockup, printed it and taped on the iphone 5 box. I do however believe that the iphone 5s will have a fingerprint detector

  • Sam Khan

    iPhone 3G S=Speed
    iPhone 4 S=Siri
    iPhone 5 C=Crap
    iPhone 5 S=Secure

    • omrishtam

      i wouldnt say crap….maybe cheap. btw i dont get it why there are so many guys that dont want the iPhone 5C to be real….it could be nice if they will realease a cheaper verison of the iPhone

      • Sam Khan

        I absolutely hate plastic iphones

      • rosssimpson

        Well get the 5 or 5S then lmfao simple. I know plenty of people who’d much rather have the plastic as it’s less likely to smash or chip.

      • Singed

        Plus, it’s cheaper. The target audience of teenagers/young adults in China/other developing countries will gladly welcome such a version of an iPhone.

      • Sam Khan

        so you still think its cheap?

    • Maxim∑


      its crap before its even announced, interesting….

  • Tien Nguyen

    Why, it’s another “blurry image”.

  • ic0dex

    I can care less about a stupid finger sensor I want a bigger iPhone with the same size screen as the Galaxy S III. Here is what whats new in the new iPhone 5S:

    – Finger Sensor
    – A6S chip or some crap like that that 33% faster
    – 2x better graphics
    – 2 more hours of battery life
    – and a improved frame

    Lets all go crazy and buy it WooHoo!!!! WTF Apply I want something different I’ve invested to much in the ecosystem (App Store and Music) for me to switch to a different brand!!!

    • omrishtam

      i actually think that 4.3 inch is the max that could be comfortable and look good on an iPhone….more than that it’s just WAY to big….i wont buy a phone which has 4.8 inch + and like me there are way more peoples and apple fans that they are not switching to galaxy because of this….

    • Quang

      I dont want a bigger iPhone…
      If you want bigger screen, go buy Galaxy

    • mehrab

      A7 chip (will be apples first quadcore*
      9x better gpu*
      Your list ANNDDDDD Dual flash camera with 13 mp 120 fps slow mo video.
      Then theres more RAM
      Then there is ios 7 the buggest change to the iphone software and this phine will support ios 10 perfectly fine.
      Then there are new colors as well
      Lte advanced lastest bluetooth and wireless tech
      Newly redesigned apps for ios 7
      New next gen of gaming graphics performance like the A5 was, for ios
      There might be some tricks on the software which will be exclusive on the 5s.

      • Maxim∑

        lol 9x better GPU…

        Apple will move to 64x before going quad core

      • mehrab

        The a4 iphone 4 to the a5 iphine 4s was 2x cpu and 9x gpu same will happen this time

      • Singed

        I can only agree with the part where you accidentally misspelled and wrote that iOS7 is the buggiest of them all.
        Other than that, it just screams “pathetic fanboy”.

      • dpacemaker

        I like how people that like Apple products are “pathetic fanboys”, but people that prefer Android and then insult Apple fans are somehow better. No better way to show how much a fanboy you are than by insulting someone for not sharing your opinion.

      • Singed

        I can barely read over all that bullshit you wrote.
        First of all, how come products are “fanboys?” That doesn’t make any sense, the insult was clearly adressed towards the user, not the product.
        Second, I’m not an Android fanboy, mainly because I never owned a single Android device.
        Third, a twisted and clearly wrong opinion like that is worth a mild insult.

      • Mohamed Hassabo

        I think he meant biggest not buggiest.

    • Nipplesourus

      Just wait for the iPhone 5B!

  • Linton Findlay

    Just looks like its got a screen protector on it

  • batongxue

    Why does the package show a black iPhone? And why there’s no wallpaper for the phone?
    I’d call it fake.

  • batongxue

    First, Apple should make the home button unbreakable.
    = =

    • FOFF

      unbreakable great movie

  • n0ahcruz3

    Fake. Apple wouldnt put that plain black wallpaper.

  • I think its not the sensor

  • Markus Hudobnik

    The wallpaper is not an indicator. With iOS 7, they have the black boot screen for black devices and white boot screen for white devices. That phone is black, so a black gradient wallpaper.

  • iPhone5

    looks legit but at this time apple failed with the boxing.
    At least there is a MUCH better iOS now 🙂

    • FOFF

      box look = IOS7 look

  • Nestea80

    I wish he could stop calling the Wall Street Journal “credulous.” If you search iDB for the word “credulous”, you’ll see how many times Zibreg uses this word every time he mentions the Wall Street Journal. They are credible, not credulous.

  • Rudy

    Home Button of the Iphone 5S

    • ConduciveMammal

      what about the iPhone 5S?

      • Rudy

        The source confirmed that iPhone 5S will implement this tech and it is stated that there is a layer by raising material around the Home button of iPhone 5S and the material is actually the brushed metal materials. As compared to the previous iPhones, the shape of a Home button of iPhone 5S absolutely changed and it is a little bit flat on the iPhone 5S panel.

      • Iphone19

        Where did u get that ?
        I just want a descent 14 mpix camera and a bigger screen

      • FOFF

        apple does not want you to have that..lol

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        f*ck you with a bigger screen, go buy some phablet by Samsung

  • J. Rockwell

    This just shows how people are so opposed to change. If Apple was able to put a fingerprint sensor in a 3mm ring around the home button it would be astounding. Funny that most people are saying “How ugly”. I would take the ring over a convex home button any day.

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  • Tanvir Pathan

    Although the black background is kind of fishy, in Apples invite there are 4 mysterious silver rings which looks like the home button in these images. This might be real.

  • dpacemaker

    If the ring is real I believe that it will have a light source under it. One color showing that authentication has happened and the other color would be for a denial of authentication.

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      omg that would be unbelievable!

    • ConduciveMammal

      That would be pretty awesome but unless there’s a delay, one wouldn’t see the colours since the thumb would be covering it.

      • dpacemaker

        If your using the tip of your thumb the top portion of the ring would be visible. Knowing how Apple is with design I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the only portion with lights.

      • ConduciveMammal

        Hmm sounds like a sloppy design if that we’re the case

      • dpacemaker

        How is that sloppy? It’s showing the user exactly what they need to see. I think it’s funny though that we’re talking about something that has a 1% chance of being real. I’m talking about the ring lighting up.

  • M Last

    new revolution

    • Nipplesourus

      Mmmm, vaginas.

  • John Surguy

    I’m not sure if anyone said it but i would rather it be a color ring notification led than a fingerprint sensor, that’s just my opinion

  • Moayad

    This is a white box with some stickers on it ?? Come on guys! The black iPhone comes with a black box

  • 3aloo1

    Awesome another proof for fingerprint sensor

  • Jonathan L. James

    Moto atrix HD had finger print smart sensor. Year ago. Don’t see why apple can’t.

  • Guest

    Guys its obviously a notification LED, wich android has had for an eternity,…. You think too highly of apple.

  • steve

    Maybe it’s a light to notify you of a new message or notification. Apple did say, “this should ‘Brighten’ everyone’s day”

  • Will wait until jailbreak before upgrading this year.

  • Ben

    With the iPhone 5 the box it came in would match the colour of the phone but this has a white box for the black model. Doesn’t seem right

  • IPhoneDive

    Can Fox and Friends actually telling the truth?