Rethinking Apple’s fingerprint dalliance: what the hardware tells us
As the weeks go by, we’re getting closer and close to the launch of the new iPhone, yet we’re still struggling to wrap our heads around some of the handset’s rumored features. The idea of a fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S is one that refuses to go away, and while we didn’t see any evidence in support of it for the longest time, some iOS files have recently come to light that sure seem to suggest plans to implement a home-button-based scanner. But now, with the latest series of leaked pics of 5S components arriving, and still no sign of any such hardware, we’re left wondering what to think.
Maybe Apple did the math on the availability of the scanning hardware it would need, and in light of expected shortages, decided to delay its plans. Maybe the feature will first manifest on some other device, like the 5C or maybe even one of the new iPads. It’s even possible that these latest component leaks are themselves out of date.
All we can say is that the the two sides to this rumor – the fingerprint scanner hardware and the software to support it – just aren’t aligning in any meaningful fashion.