Apple internally changes design of the home button for the Apple iPhone 5S

Apple internally changes design of the home button for the Apple iPhone 5S
A leaked picture of the Apple iPhone 5S home button shows that from the outside, the part looks exactly like the home button on the current Apple iPhone 5. But on the inside, the part for the newer model has a longer and thinner internal connector. This would seem to dovetail with speculation that a fingerprint scanner will be found near the home button on the next iteration of the iPhone.

While earlier reports had the fingerprint scanner housed inside the home button, the image of the part would seem to indicate that this is not a possibility. But the change in the internal connector that is part of the home button does fit with the idea that Apple has redesigned the inside of the iPhone. This might have been done in order to fit the scanner in around the area of the home button. Last year, Apple acquired biometric security firm AuthenTec for $356 million which might be related to the eventual introduction of the feature.

Other rumors related to the Apple iPhone 5S, such as the addition of new color options, the new 12MP camera expected to be on the back of the new variant of the iPhone, or the doubling of the pixel count on the display to 1.5 million pixels, have nothing to do with the home button. Which makes it much more possible that the internally redesigned home button for the iPhone 5S has to do with the long rumored fingerprint scanner.

source: (translated) via TechRadar

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1. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I hope iphone 5s or whatever they call it have a new design, not completely new design but slight change here and there so it looks different from previous generation

2. wafflemuncherr

Posts: 23; Member since: May 29, 2013

Don't get your hopes up

3. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

yea,remember it's the more likely to be a 5s not a 6,most of the s's in iphone, usually comes with minor design changes,mostly hardware and software improvements

12. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

They can't change design! That design is patented!!!!!!!!!!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I'm hoping and wishing it still stays the same for the next 3 years....! ®

19. ihatesmartphone unregistered

TROLL lol...

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Nevervin a million years.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

yippy yippy! 12mp cam.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The best continues to get better.

6. talon95

Posts: 996; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

well it can't get much worse if that's what you mean.

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yeah, no... Apple is the new Palm. Circling the drain, unexciting products, grasping at straws.

21. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think you spelled it wrong. The breast continues to net butter.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31001; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stay tuned Mxy. Mondays WWDC bro, can't wait.

7. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

First your call records, now Apple wants to share your fingerprints with the government too. They will call this iSurveillance. It's free with iOS 7.

9. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Not really a fan of the finger print scanner. I can see it's use but hopefully it holds up better than current iPhone home buttons which seem to be very prone to failure.

10. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

honesty i dont see the change

11. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So now with the fingerprint scanner iphones, when they steal your phone, they'll take a finger as well. lol.

17. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Hahahaha it's actually a security hazard rather than a security feature... People missing thumbs since 2013 :)

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Or copy your print from anything you touch. There's no such thing as secured phone.

16. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

The new ad for the upcoming iPhone 5s will go "now make your iPhone truly yours" ..... with the innovative state of the art finger print scanner, no one else can use your iPhone without knocking you out first"

24. jeserodriguez

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

I think I can understand this change. It's not an esthetic design improvement, it's an engineering improvement for durability. See, iPhone 5 and early models use contact pins for sending the electronic signal of the home button to the motherboard. This contact pins (the little two gold circles in the iP5's flex cable border) can get dirty or broken in the motherboard side, causing the need of pushing the home button really hard to make it work. Now, we can se a better design for the iP5S where they will be using a plugable connector resitant to the problems mentioned above.

26. itreday

Posts: 68; Member since: May 24, 2012

Can't wait. iOS 7 + iPhone 5S is going to be awesome!

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