Multiple sources already have confirmed that Apple will launch two iPhones this year. What makes this year’s launch so special is the rumoured introduction of a gold iPhone, which will be more like Champagne, instead of gold.
After checking with sources, Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has summarized the essence of the forthcoming product launches. First of all, his sources also confirmed the Champagne-colored iPhone 5S (128GB anyone?), which will come with a built-in fingerprint sensor.
Ming-Chi Kuo already has predicted that the iPhone 5S will ship with a fingerprint scanner, Mark Gurman’s sources reinforced this rumour: Apple will place the sensor into the Home button. But, don’t expect to see a totally different Home button:
Also contrary to recent talk, the new Home button’s design will not be noticeably convex. Perhaps the shape has changed, but the tweaked button is nothing distinct enough for the iPhone 5S to be identified as anything but an iPhone 5 by the untrained eye. There’s the possibility, however, that the etching and border of the Home button could become more shiny and look slightly different.
While the Home button looks mostly the same, the point here is that securing your phone will likely now become common practice. A fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S will take biometric technology to mainstream levels. According to Apple sources privy to customer usage data, a very small percentage of iPhone owners use a passcode. In our current world where digital security is becoming an increasingly important issue, it is likely that Apple hopes a fingerprint scanner will raise the aforementioned statistic. Nonetheless, the Settings app on the iPhone 5S is said to have a switch to disable the fingerprint sensor.
Also, the development of iOS 7 for iPad is behind schedule, according to his sources, but this is nothing new, because the first beta for the iPad arrived two weeks after the first version became available to developers.
Because Apple won’t present the next generation iPhones and iPads during the same September 10 event, iPad users may have to wait additional weeks for iOS 7 to be available for tablets. There are whispers that Apple could hold back the iPad version for an iOS 7.0.1 release, scheduled somewhere between late September and October, when the new models will be unveiled.
Are you eager to install iOS 7 on your iPad? Would you mind waiting another two weeks or so for the release of a stabile version of Apple’s latest mobile OS for iPads?