A fingerprint scanner made of Sapphire in the next iPhone
A fingerprint scanner is highly rumored for quite some time by now, and expected to be the next tentpole in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S. Previous
code found in iOS 7 Beta suggests that Apple is indeed planning to include some sort of biometric input in their next flagship iPhone.
A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record of expecting Apple’s products in the past, indicates that the new iPhone will sport a new convex home button rather than the usual concave shape since 2007 debut:
Convex home button creates space for fingerprint sensor; yield to improve. We think that a fingerprint sensor will be placed under the home button of iPhone 5S. However, assembling it could be difficult as the space under home button is limited as it already has to accommodate the Lightning connector, speaker and microphone. Thus, we think the shape of the home button could be changed from concave to convex to create more space for a fingerprint sensor.
Sapphire prevents home button from being scratched. A convex home button could be more easily scratched, so a harder material is required. We believe Apple will switch from plastic to sapphire, whose hardness is second only to diamond. Sapphire would protect the home button from being scratched and the fingerprint sensor from being damaged.
Apple may have advantage over the competitors by utilizing RF and capacitive technology from AuthenTec, which Apple acquired recently, rather than the common optical recognition used in many other sensors.
Along with the rumored sensor, the new iPhone said to roughly retain the same design as the iPhone 5, an improved camera with probably 12 mega pixel, and of course the next gen processor A7 chip. The announcement is expected to happen September 10th.
Apple might as well announce a cheaper iPhone, could be dubbed iPhone 5C, which you can see a long with iPhone 5S in the gallery below.