There are new reports surfacing about the upcoming Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone. The next-generation iPhone (expected to be called the “iPhone 5S”) will likely have a similar design as the iPhone 5, but may also come with a fingerprint scanner.
Taiwanese technology blog, TechNews, published a new report today that claims the next iPhone will have a fingerprint scanner underneath the home button. According to TechNews’ supply chain sources, Apple will add a new home button assembly on the iPhone 5S that features a scanner and sapphire crystal cover. Apple has been using sapphire crystal material to protect the camera on the iPhone 5.
Further proof that Apple plans to use fingerprint scanning in their devices is the $350 million acquisition of AuthenTec in 2012. At the time of that acquisition, Samsung selected AuthenTec to work with them to enhance enterprise security in new Android smartphones and tablets.
The iPhone 5S rumors are a different type of strategy that Apple used for the “S” line of iPhones in the past. Generally subtle changes would be added to the “S” line upgrades from the their predecessors. For example, the iPhone 3GS gained the ability to record video and Siri was integrated into the iPhone 4S. Other than that, most of their features were similar to the previous generation. Perhaps adding major hardware changes to the iPhone 5S is necessary to further compete with Android.