Some future iPhone to have sapphire crystal capacitive Home button with built-in fingerprint sensor
Let’s just get one thing clear first. If this year’s mobile phone release from Apple will be an iPhone 5S, then there’s absolutely no reason to think its outer shell won’t be exactly identical to the iPhone 5. That’s what Apple does when outing an S model, so why would it change?
Then again, although most rumors so far have pointed to a 5S release this year, we may get an entirely new device – the iPhone 6. If this will be the case, then we should apparently expect it to be the first iPhone to come with a capacitive Home button. Furthermore, this button will be made out of sapphire crystal. That’s the same material employed to cover the iPhone 5′s camera (seen below), and it’s essentially scratch-proof. Which obviously would be a good thing to have on something you’ll be tapping all day.
But wait, there’s more. The revamped Home button will also have a built-in fingerprint sensor, to naturally be used for identification purposes. This definitely isn’t the first time we’ve heard about such a sensor making it into an iPhone, so it seems plausible enough. As for sapphire crystals, if Apple has been happy with the camera lens in the iPhone 5, there’s no reason to think it wouldn’t use the material again.
Though such hardware changes seem improbable, to say the least, for a 5S model. Which is why we’re betting that, if this rumor is based on reality, it’s actually talking about the iPhone 6 – regardless of whether that will come out this year or in 2014.
Still, it’s good to know what Apple’s cooking for its upcoming mobile devices. If, that is, the sources from the supply chain aren’t just making stuff up. We’ll have to wait and see.