According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the upcoming iPhone 5s might very well include a new convex shaped, sapphire covered home button. The inclusion of a fingerprint sensor might have Apple changing the home button from concave to convex. Apple packs lots of technology underneath the existing home button in the form of the Lightning connector, speaker and microphone. The addition of a new fingerprint scanner could force the change.
If the home button does become convex, the current use of plastic would have made it susceptible to scratches. Sapphire on the other hand has a value of 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, making it incredibly resistant to scratches.
Apple’s home button has largely remained the same since 2007 on the original iPhone. Kuo points out that Apple has some distinct advantages over their competitors by using both RF and capacitive technology.
Like every new iPhone, the rumors prior to release have been circulating since late last year. As of now, expectations are that we’ll see a similar display size, despite many users clamoring for a larger display. As with previous ‘S’ series devices, you can expect that Apple will improve upon the internals throughout and possibly improve upon the camera optics. If the fingerprint sensor rumor does come to fruition, it will no doubt be the big featured pitched by Tim Cook and company when the product is introduced.
As for the introduction, a previous report has September 10th, 2013 as the proposed iPhone special event. It’s likely we’ll see the new iPhone 5s and possibly a second low-cost iPhone 5c. We should note that Ming-Chi Kuo has a mixed record when it comes to predicting features and products.