The home button for the next iPhone will be radically different from earlier models, a report suggests, as Apple’s handset comes into sharper focus ahead of its mooted appearance next month.
For months, leaks from Apple suggested that the iPhone 5 / iPhone 6 will offer improved security through fingerprint recognition technology. This was thought to feature either in the bezel or, more likely, in the smartphone’s home button.
In a note to investors sourced by Apple Insider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that it is indeed the home button that will host the technology. And disclosed some more details besides.
According to Kuo, the forthcoming phone's home button will for the first time feature a protruding, convex design and will be made from sapphire.
Apple switched from plastic sapphire is less prone to scratches and will ensure that surface nicks and marks don't impair the sensor’s ability to read the whorls and lines on your finger.
The move away from the concave home button is apparently because an ‘outie’ button would make it easier to capture the whole of a would-be user’s fingerprint.
Rumours suggest that Apple will also incorporate biometric tech in the next iPad and its first-ever smartwatch, AKA the iWatch.
As well as guarding against theft, fingerprint recognition technology will also add a fresh layer of security on credit card and NFC (Near Field Communications) payments made with Apple devices.