Apple rumors talk iPhone 5S colors, iOS 7 for iPad, and again with the fingerprint scanners

This summer has brought us a ton of rumors and leaks on upcoming Apple hardware, and with an anticipated launch event coming up in early September, we’re really getting into crunch time here with last-minute details continuing to arrive. The team over at 9to5 Mac have been hearing a bunch from their sources, and today offers a number of new details about Apple’s plans.

For starters, there’s that gold/champagne look for the iPhone 5S that’s been gaining more traction lately. Apparently, this look will be paired with white elements, like for the front panel around the display, for a two-tone effect, but not with a similar gold/black pairing.

We also hear a little more about the elusive fingerprint scanner. Curious why it’s been so hard to spot thus far? According to this report, that’s because it wasn’t a part of initial development hardware, and the functionality was tested by using scanner hardware that connected via cable as an external accessory.

The scanner should be integrated into the phone’s home button for the final hardware, which would closely resemble its existing look – no convex design, as rumored. We also hear that the rumored use of this scanner for some kind of new payment system won’t be happening at launch, if it does at all.

Finally, there’s talk of delayed iOS 7 availability for iPad models. We’re probably just looking at a matter of weeks, while Apple tweaks the platform’s tablet experience, before a late-September/October release.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!