The next iPhone will once again stick hard and fast to the look and feel of the current-gen model, leaked components suggest, as more bits and bobs from the handset fall off Apple supply-chain lorries and on to tech sites.
Sourced by the French technology-fanciers at Nowhereelse fr, the images depict the rear shell of the refreshed top-end iPhone, aka the phone speculatively titled the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6.
With the cover removed and the part placed next to its equivalent for the iPhone 5, it’s possible to discern some tantalising differences. Among them is a more expansive rear hole where the camera will sit.
This is being interpreted as a sign that Apple is allowing more space for the dual LED flash that rumours suggest will grace the handset.
But that’s not all. The metal spacer shield for the 5S for the home button is also noticeably different, changing from a symmetrical design to one that slopes and tapers on one side and features a repositioned screw hole.
While it’s hard to work out what this might mean exactly, the very fact that change is afoot on the home button been more grist for long-standing claims that the handset will feature fingerprint scanning technology.
The home button is now thought to be the likeliest location for the biometric tech, with Apple purportedly opting for a convex button that makes it easier to read users’ fingerprints.