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NewsPoster Aug 14, 2013 11:09 AM
Alleged iPhone 5S back panel indicates redesigned home button
A newly-leaked rear panel -- said to be for the iPhone 5S -- suggests some changes to the iPhone's home button. The panel shows rearranged screw placements versus the ones for the iPhone 5; likewise, the part is paired with a metal spacer cushion using a different, asymmetric design. Holes and screw placements around the camera area are also changed, but the home button <a href="" rel='nofollow'>design</a> may be the most significant.<br />
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Despite <a href="" rel='nofollow'>one part leak</a> possibly pointing to the contrary, the 5S is commonly expected to <a href="" rel='nofollow'>adopt a fingerprint sensor</a> built into the Home button. Apple would presumably need to alter the button to fit extra circuitry and/or cable connections. No buttons with the technology have so far been leaked, however.<br />
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A fingerprint sensor could have several purposes in a new iPhone. While it might just be used to quickly unlock a device, it could also allow for multiple user accounts. It might also be tied into a rumored NFC-based payment system, lately hinted at by <a href="" rel='nofollow'>plans for Isis support on the iPhone</a>.
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