Does this leaked image of the iPhone 5S home button confirm the existence of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) long-rumored fingerprint sensor? The Czech-language site letemsvetemapplem.eu recently posted an image of the purported new home button for the upcoming iPhone 5S.
The photo shows a redesigned home button that replaces the current “rounded square” icon with a large, transparent Apple symbol. This change could indicate that Apple’s next generation of iPhone will include a fingerprint sensor, which would presumably be incorporated under this clear Apple symbol “window.”
On the other hand, the new home button may just feature a backlit Apple symbol. Either way, if the photo is authentic, this would be the first time that Apple has redesigned its classic iPhone home button.
Apple has been rumored to be developing a fingerprint sensor for the next iteration of iPhone ever since it bought AuthenTec, a mobile and network security company, last summer. Some analysts have predicted that Apple will incorporate its fingerprint sensor technology in the iPhone 5S, either as a way to unlock the phone or as a method of processing electronic payments.
Besides the leaked image of the iPhone 5S home button, Letemsvetemapplem.eu also posted an image of the front glass from the iPhone 5S. John Brownlee at Cult of Mac notes that this site has a “credible history” of Apple leaks.
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