Next iPhone to sport a touch-enabled home key out of sapphire, doubling as a fingerprint scanner

Next iPhone to sport a touch-enabled home key out of sapphire, doubling as a fingerprint scanner
Apple is using the ultra-tough sapphire glass for the scratch-proof camera lens on the iPhone 5, but if a report from the Taiwanese supply chain is to be believed, it plans on expanding its usage to the home button on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or whatever this year's edition gets named.

Sapphire, besides the name of a Las Vegas strip club, is a durable organic material that is times stronger than Gorilla Glass, and the only reason manufacturers haven't gotten all over it for smartphone and tablet displays is that it is expensive and can't reach yields suitable for mass production of such panels just yet.

A home button piece is an entirely different story, though, and since Apple already has experience with sapphire material, it isn't that far fetched of a rumor that it might be used more extensively in the next iPhone, be it only to set it apart. 

The home button is said to be of the capacitive touch variety this time, not a physical key prone to breaking with prolonged usage. After all, the handset is heavily rumored to have a fingerprint sensor integrated there, so that might be one of the reasons for Apple to go with a sapphire layer.

source: Technews.tw via CultofMac

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70 Comments

1. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

O just the home button made with Sapphire, why not the whole front? And Apple charge you £500 for a midrange device with high-end Cpu-Gpu! Well atleast you could use Dragontrail, front and rear! O so the Apple products are ment to be a wow factor: cool, style, fashion, show-off.....? ™

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

iPhones get better benchmark scores than many high end android phones. That is nothing like midrange.

11. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why wouldn't it because it's half unmatured, what do you expect from an iOs an App launcher OS, that only slides left2right, and just requires 160Mb of Ram! ™

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

So with your respond you agree that the iphone is no midrange device which you falsely stated.. meaning that you already lied making you a troll and a liar..

28. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Hey Galli where have you been? Posting after a time! No it uses a highend Cpu,Gpu, but it clarifies as a mid tier device cause it's feautreless and materials used in ip4 is worser than plastic, cheap shattering glass™

34. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I am still around I read just dont post as much... nice to see you havent lost a beat...lol.. take care.. troll you know I love you

46. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Same 2®

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"iPhones get better benchmark scores than many high end android phones" Also you forgot to mention that iPhone 5 has lower resolution than many high end Android OS based smartphones today and that iOS has less functionality compared to Android OS.

14. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

+1 :)

53. Sauce unregistered

Lack of knowledge shown above. It's resolution is the highest pixel density that the human eye is unable to notice pixelation at a typical viewing distance. Retina display. Not to mention even an iPhone 3g screen functions better than past-recent and most android phone screens hahah.

61. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

u got his point wrong, he means to say that current android devices has to process more pixels(about millions more) compared to iphone..despite of that hey still hold impressive benchmarking compared to iphone

69. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

My comment was reply to Mxyzptlk comment #3 where he was talking about benchmark scores, that's why I was talking about resolution. And thats mean that your commet is off-topic...

16. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Thats because it does half as much with one third the pixels.

18. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Try Trolling hard next time Mxzy™

30. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Of course it will get better score.. No high resolution No tru multi task No widgets No home screen No advanced camera No options Basic smartphone for dummies is what I call it no offense. ..it is what it is give it the functionality as android you will be disappointed

31. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Please keep the lag/stuttering on Android. Thank you.

42. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Pure Android 4.0 or higher is flawless, it lags when the manufacturer packs to much crap on the phone like Samsung.

47. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

So blame the Cpu, which can't keep up to it's OS, looks like after all these years it has come to a halt, that the A15 will be needed no matter what you thro at them, it will run very smooth. *®

62. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

no more..i don't see lag even on mid range android now a days..and yes iOS lags more often now a days compared to android..

67. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Even mid range Android phones don't lag. Please get up to date, this isn't 2010 anymore.

37. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

it has the advantage that it is simpler, more optimized, and optimized apps, android is very fragmentated and doesnt run apps natively and so on... yup, i5 is 640p while top end lumias are 768p and top end android are 1080p (gimnnick, 350ppi is enough)

43. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

1080p makes a difference the screens look very sharp.

63. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

even though it is so much fragmented, they have successfully reached higher quality status like apple..I salute android for being so innovative

40. Droiddoes unregistered

That's because there's virtually nothing going on in an iphail to tax the processor.

60. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Actually in real life usage, I find mid range galaxy grand better than iPhone 5 because it can do so much more..I think iphones are good in benchmark because they rarely have any functionality compared to android plus a good cpu and gpu..however it couldnt beat note 2 on benchmarking..

66. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

But without proper software to take advantage of that powerful hardware, the iPhone 5 isn't in the ranks of high end Android devices. Also, in Geekbench, the iPhone 5 scores about the same as the international GS3. The GS4 pretty much doubles that, so the iPhone 5 matches high end Android benchmarks of *last year*, early last year at that, effectively making it mid range. You leave out a lot of crucial details in your statements.

59. thekai12

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Didn't Corning say that sapphire wasn't as tough as every body thought versus gorilla glass 3 so that doesn't make the phone anything special except for maybe the fingerprint scanner

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is awesome. Apple is pulling out all the stops for the next iPhone.

5. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

At least we will not have deception like the joke Lumia 925.

12. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Trye deception, decievness+1. That's what i said befor on the other article ™

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