iPhone 5S part leak hints at fingerprint sensor built into home button

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Till now we’ve seen several indications of a fingerprint sensor being built into the iPhone 5S, right from Apple acquiring Authentec to hidden code references in an iOS 7 beta release. Today, a new component leak further corroborates rumors of a fingerprint sensor being a part of the next iPhone.

iMore obtained images of what appears to be an iPhone 5S home button cable, which is quite different from the one found in the current iPhone. From iMore:

The interesting part is the amount of pins on the connector for the Home button assembly. There seem to be ten pins total shown in the photo and from what we know about past models, there’s no need for an iPhone Home button to have that many pins unless it’s performing some other type of function current iterations aren’t capable of.

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A report from earlier this week suggests that the fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S would be placed under a convex sapphire home button, which of course explains the additional pins in the leaked cable and is consistent with the code references found in iOS 7 beta.

As we approach closer to September 10th, it seems clear that the fingerprint sensor and the improved camera would be the key differentiators from the iPhone 5, just like Siri was on the iPhone 4S.

Do you think these two features, along with an A7 chip, would be convincing enough for potential smartphone buyers to choose the iPhone 5S rather than the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5C or an Android phone?

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Categories: iPhone 5s, iPhone Rumors

  • scratchlive

    Who really cares about a fingerprint sensor?! Lets focus on what the consumer wants please. ie longer lasting battery, better messaging like bite sms, make the phone as if it doesnt need to be jailbroken, etc.

    • Slick

      felt same way when i first heard about fingerprint sensor, “who cares” but u actually cant say that right now, we or at least I dont really know what it does i mean if i never have to type any passwords for almost anything, that would be convinient sadly tho SCREEN still too SMALL i am still considering anyone know IGZO or no??

      • Apple Guy

        I thinking the resources wasted on an unwanted fingerprint sensor would have been better used coming up with a bigger screen and other features found on androids like the galaxy 4. Tweeks plus a fingerprint sensor will signal that Apple has lost its innovation edge. Sad.

        • scratchlive

          I agree.

      • scratchlive

        I understand but really It takes a few seconds to type a password.

  • iKNOW

    4.7 IGZO display. Investors know the next iPhone will be a hit and a simple fingerprint sensor won’t do the trick!

    • shalashaska

      4.7 is too big….4.3 in quite right … And you wanna bet this will outsell the 5??

  • John

    Why are some people going apes over fingerprint sensors (from my previous reading)? It is a huge security threat for me. For the average American, you may be able to announce it whippy-doo spontaneously as a new selling feature, but for the tech-savvy, I better be offered weeks of prior information concerning safety regards, restrictions/permissions, where the fingerprint files are stored and in what kind of file, how the fingerprints are encrypted, etc,.

    • DEFMAD

      Rumors have deduced that the sensor doesn’t store a complete fingerprint like normal sensors do, just partial scans and due to the way it works it will be more reliable than the average sensor. Can’t remember where I read this, but it went something like that.


    Not really compelling enough for me as an iPhone 5 owner. I think I’ll wait and see what the new iPad is going to be like since I handed my iPad 3 down to my partner (who absolutely loves it). Speaking of which, I wonder if the new iPad will have the same fingerprint sensor?

  • Jeremy Taco Patterson

    I get so sick of “I want a bigger screen!”. If you want a mini-tablet in your pocket, buy a Galaxy S4. Sammy is clearly listening to your requests as the G series get bigger every year.

    Give me a phone that FITS comfortably in my pocket and my hand and offers literal 100% functionality with one hand.