Remember all the evidence we saw over the summer that suggested Samsung might be working to bring fingerprint scanning technology to its phones? Yesterday’s launch of the Note 3 was a big letdown for followers of such rumors, as the phablet launched without even a hint of any fingerprint scanning capabilities. The other big fingerprint player has been Apple, with its own rumors claiming that the iPhone 5S would have a fingerprint scanner of its own, and possibly one baked-in to the phone’s home button. Despite some compelling software evidence in iOS 7, we had yet to see evidence of any actual scanner hardware – in fact, the leaks we had seen of home button components showed no trace of the tech. That could be explained by theories we heard that Apple was using an external plug-in scanner during development, but if there was any truth to this, surely the integrated home button scanner would have to surface sooner or later, right? That day may have finally come, with newly leaked images depicting a much more advanced-looking home button.
While it’s hard to definitely identify this as a fingerprint scanner, this is far more elaborate a component than we’d seen in the past, with new circuitry present mid-cable. Frankly, it’s hard to suggest any plausible need for such changes besides being this long-rumored scanner.
This is just the latest in a long line of Apple leaks to arrive from Sonny Dickson, but apparently we shouldn’t get too used to such things in the future. Dickson took to Twitter today to announce that following the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C, he and his website will be “going away.” This development may be related to allegations made last night by tipster-in-his-own-right @evleaks, accusing Dickson of soliciting the purchase of leaked hardware.