More evidence of an iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor?

Leaked photos purporting to show the new model's innards suggest the presence of a biometric scanner.

Subtle changes between the iPhone 5 (left) and purported iPhone 5S suggest the presence presence -- or at least option -- of a fingerprint scanner.
Subtle changes between the iPhone 5 (left) and purported iPhone 5S suggest the presence -- or at least option -- of a fingerprint scanner. Nowhereelse.fr

Will Apple announce an iPhone 5S next month ? And, if so, will that model come with a biometric fingerprint sensor? A new set of leaked photos add fuel to the rumor fire.

Speculation over this feature began last year when Apple acquired fingerprint-recognition chipmaker AuthenTec , then ramped up again last month when an eagle-eyed beta tester discovered biometric scanner code in iOS 7 beta 4 .

Now, as reported by Laptop, French blog Nowhereelse.fr just released photos purporting to show the inside of the iPhone 5S, complete with evidence to support fingerprint-scanning hardware.

Specifically, a redesigned metal spacer cushion near the Home button has extra room to accommodate "additional components," according to Laptop.

Given some of the aforementioned evidence, it stands to reason that an upgraded Home button could offer this kind of capability. (And if not that -- what?)

We'll have to wait until September 10 to see if this rumor pans out. In the meantime, hit the comments to discuss the value of a fingerprint-savvy Home button. Would this be the ultimate security feature? A nice alternative to tapping out a password every time you see the Lock screen? Or just a yawn-worthy attempt to stand out from the smartphone crowd?

(Via Laptop)

 

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