It's been rumored since early spring that when the iPhone 5S release date arrived, it would include a "killer feature" and that feature would come in the form of fingerprint scanning technology and possibly a choice of colors for the device, but this week some new information and component leaks have surfaced which seem to make that iPhone 5S rumors seem slight more realistic. Keep reading for more about the iPhone 5S release date, rumored features and the latest component leak.
Up to this point we've basically believe that the iPhone 5S won't offer much in the way of upgrades and that what we should really be looking out for is the iPhone 6 to make a big splash. However, recent leaked l photos of some redesigned internal components seem to suggest maybe those previous predictions were wrong. From the looks of things if these are indeed new insides for the upcoming iPhone 5S then it seems Apple planning a total work over of the new device from the inside out. Most interesting however is not so much what has changed but rather what has been added.
iPhone 5S Leaked Photos: What New Features Might We Expect?
The images, which were leaked via BGR and are presumably new innards of the upcoming iPhone 5S. The parts include typical features like the loudspeaker bracket, ear speaker bracket, as well as Wi-Fi flex cable ribbon.
What's different however are the vibrating motor assembly and the SIM card tray. The iPhone 5S vibrating motor assembly was seen a few months back in another leak but these photos give us more insight in how the component differs from that found in the iPhone 5.
In addition these leaked iPhone 5S component photos also show two different SIM card trays for the latest Apple iPhone. The SIM trays appear thinner than that of the iPhone 5 suggesting perhaps a more svelte device overall, while also including some variation in color - one being beige and the other gold. It is possible with this variation in SIM tray colors that we could be seeing more evidence that the iPhone 5S will indeed come in several different color choices upon release.
Will An iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner Be the Killer Feature?
In addition to these changes in hardware it seems we are also one step closer to seeing the fingerprint scanning feature for iPhone 5S which have been speculated about for months now actually coming to fruition. This week a kind of lightly dropped hint by chief information security officer of PayPay Michael Barret suggested that Apple was going to incorporate fingerprint readers on their smartphones as part of new way to protect personal information. Of course we've seen this rumor surface and be "confirmed" numerous times by sources such as iDigi and other Asian tech new sites, but up to this point there has been no solid proof that fingerprint scanning will be a part of the next iPhone, presumably the iPhone 5S. Still when people like Mike Barret make statements such as these it certainly adds a greater hint of validity to the rumor.
Of course Barret went on to suggest that Apple wouldn't be the only smartphone looking to incorporate fingerprint technology into their next smartphone. During a recent keynote address at Interop, Barret stated,
"There is going to be a fingerprint enabled phone on the market later this year ... Not just one, multiple."
Take this declaration along with the fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook recently acquired AuthenTec and you can basically bet your money the iPhone 5S will be the first smartphone out there showcasing this new feature.
WWDC 2013: iOS 7 Will Debut And Flat Design Is Expected. Will iPhone 5S Be The One To Showcase the New System?
The news comes kind of perfectly timed, as WWDC is just a few weeks away. The annual Apple developer conference is something fan-boys look forward to each year, as this is when latest features on both new devices and coming iOS are typically revealed. Last year iOS 6 made a huge impression at the WWDC event and this year with competition being stiff against players like Samsung and Google Android, Apple will have some work to do to bring out something unique that sets it apart from the crowd. Fingerprint sensors in the iPhone 5S could be just the killer feature we'll see.
Still others speculate that while a fingerprint sensor might be a nice addition there are some other update the next iPhone must make in order to keep folks interested. The most updates of course would be a better camera, faster, more powerful processor, screen size increase and display resolution increase as even lesser tier phones like the HTC One are clearly out performing the iPhone 5 now.
In addition to hardware changes however, many anticipate large changes to iOS 7 as the rumor that flat design will rein continues to circulate the web. Just this week Apple released the latest version of iTunes - iTunes 11.0.3 which offered little more than an upgrade to the programs' user interface-particularly the mini player. Fans of a flat design for iOS 7 instantly jumped on the fact that this newly updated mini-player for iTunes was indeed changed to a flat design and took that as a sign this may be the direction Apple is moving as a whole for iOS 7
Whatever lies ahead in terms of the iPhone 5S, when it will release and what features it will include, we look forward to it. Check back regularly as iDesignTimes will continue to bring you the latest news, rumors, and leaked features on the next iPhone
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