“Just hours before Apple is expected to unveil a next-generation iPhone at a special media event in California, an image has surfaced claiming to show an ‘iPhone 5S’ quick start guide that makes refers to the handset’s ‘Home Button/Touch ID sensor’ button,” AppleInsider reports.
“The photo, posted by Nowhereelse.fr, shows what appears to be a user’s guide or quick start card for an ‘iPhone 5S,’ with text pointing out important features including a ‘Home Button/Touch ID sensor’ button,” AppleInsider reports. “It is unclear if the purported image shows a quick start card, as seen in a previous iPhone 5C ‘leak,’ or a page from a full-color pamphlet. What is clear, however, is text describing a ‘Touch ID sensor,’ which presumably refers to a fingerprint sensor many believe will be built into the handset’s home button.”
“Rumors regarding an iPhone with fingerprint authentication capabilities have intensified in the past week, including recent rumblings of a ‘silver ring’ that encircles the home button. Guesses as to the purported ring’s function have ranged from mere aesthetics to a functional piece of Apple’s fingerprint sensing solution.”
MacDailyNews Take: We’ve heard some chatter that this “silver ring” could be made of Liquidmetal, but cannot confirm. Chatter about Apple using Liquidmetal for something other than iPhone SIM ejector tools usually increases prior to each new iPhone unveiling as Apple owns the exclusive right to use Liquidmetal in consumer electronics in perpetuity.
AppleInsider reports, “The technology Apple is thought to be using is more mature than conventional methods and comes from its 2012 acquisition of biometric security firm AuthenTec. Unlike older swipe-to-scan systems, Apple’s version is likely static, meaning a user would merely place their finger on the sensor/home button as they would when waking the phone from sleep. ”
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