New iPhone reported to have a Convex Home Button that utilizes Fingerprint technology
There have been reported rumors in the recent past that Apple would soon unveil a fingerprint technology built into the iPhone that would enable better security measures for users. The obvious place one would think such technology would reside is on the screen itself. However, a new report from a reputable source is indicating that the new iPhone—which will probably be revealed on September 10—will have this technology built into the home button.
And if you were looking for something else to find strange about all of this, it’s reported by the source that the home button will no longer be concave (falling inward), as it will now be convex (protruding outward). Oh, and made of sapphire.
Now, this all might seem strange on the outset, but it really makes sense once you listen to what the source, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, has to say about it. He goes on to mention that the home button as it is already leaves relatively little space for other technologies, like the Lightning connector, speaker, and microphone. To add in the fingerprint sensor, the home button would then have to go the opposite direction, so as to actually fit on the device.
But what about the sapphire materials? Imagine a button that sticks out on your phone. You know that button is more liable to get scratched or nicked in day-to-day use, so a material that’s strong and scratch-resistant is necessary, hence the sapphire.
The use of a fingerprint sensor would enable users to better utilize mobile payment transactions, access secure cloud services, and more operations that would require a fair amount of security. With the recent acquisition of Authentic, a security company that specializes in fingerprint technology, it seems like this rumor could very well be legitimate.