We have heard a lot of rumors and leaks over the last year that Apple would install a fingerprint sensor underneath the home button of the iPhone 5S this year, but what does the leaked hardware actually say?
Earlier this week, a number of images were posted showing the part for a new iPhone 5S home button and associated flex cable… and it was radically different than previous home button configurations.
But does it confirm the iPhone 5S has a fingerprint sensor? iFixIt CEO Kyle Wiens sure thinks so.
Speaking to MacTrast, Wiens said:
It looks like the home button will still have a physical clicking action to it still like the 4, 4S and 5. The additional square section next the the button is something new and probably suggests a fingerprint sensor given all the rumor wire chatter on how Apple is expected to add that feature. It looks like that part of the cable flips over the button and sits between the clicking action and the plastic button cover.
So I’d say yes, these photos, if legitimate, corroborate the fingerprint rumors
This is pretty much all the proof you need. We’ve previously seen that iOS 7’s beta contains hidden references essentially confirming a fingerprint sensor, and now we can actually see it. If Apple’s iPhone 5S doesn’t have a sensor at this point, we’ll all have to eat our hats.