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Images of the flex cables for the next-gen iPhone have been obtained by uSwitch Tech, giving us some intriguing clues to ponder ahead of the handset’s official appearance next month.

Supplied by ace iPhone repair specialists and customisers, the low-res images of parts include the dock cable below, which once again houses the microphone and headphone port.

iphone 5s dock

That suggests that the latter is almost certainly staying in its new(ish) location at the bottom of Apple smartphones when the next-gen model arrives.

The shot of the audio control (that’s the ‘volume rocker’ to you and me) and power button cable indicates that the positioning of these elements will also be unchanged from the iPhone 5.

iphone 5s volume rocker cable

More intriguing perhaps is the flex cable for the home button. This features a much longer connector to the motherboard than before that could mean that the button is being used to transmit data.

iphone 5s home button cable

With that in mind, it’s not a massive stretch to imagine that the home button could indeed house the fingerprint scanner that tech-site rumours suggest will be on board the handset. And that's also tipped to feature on future iPads and Apple’s debut smartwatch.

The introduction of biometric technology is aimed at boosting iKit’s security credentials amid surging smartphone thefts in the US and in Europe, as well as offering great peace of mind for consumers making credit-card and NFC payments.

The next iPhone is now expected to tip up on September 10th and is set to be accompanied by a low-cost model aimed at booming smartphone markets in the developing world.

Thanks to meandmyi for providing the photos

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