iPhone 5s and iPhone 6: Release Date? Features?

iPhone 5s and iPhone 6: Release Date? Features?


Editor’s Note: Also see our recent series comparing the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5: Part 1 and Part 2.

Recently, the mobile market has been filled with news and events centered around the latest and greatest Android smartphones. Many smartphone enthusiasts are waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S4′s arrival, HTC One is on its way to global release, while the LG Optimus G Pro might be released in the U.S. by the end of May (at least according to rumors).

Needless to say, the Android market is in continuous expansion. While these powerful handsets are flexing their muscles, Apple enthusiasts are starting to feel a bit left out. The Cupertino-based giant released the iPhone 5 in 2012, and as expected, not much has happened in the world of Apple ever since.

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Nevertheless, rumors and purported leaks continue to make the rounds in regards to the upcoming iPhone 5S / 6. Some of them are a bit exaggerated, while others, not so much. After a careful vetting process, you’ll find a collection of the latest, plausible rumors in the sections that follow. However, this analysis is based on speculation, so treat this type of information accordingly. Nothing is set in stone and until Apple makes any official announcements, anything is subject to change.

The Fingerprint Scanner Conundrum

The idea that a fingerprint scanner will be implemented on the “upcoming iPhone” is rather old. It’s been reiterated before, yet it didn’t stop the industry’s “trusted sources” from bringing it up again. Not long ago, rumors were claiming that the iPhone 5S will benefit from this type of technology and that the scanner itself will be built by AuthenTec and embedded within the Home button. AuthenTec, a mobile and network security company, was purchased by Apple last year for $356 million.

Furthermore, rumors were also claiming that the iPhone 5S will benefit from Near Field Communication (NFC), a capability that allows enabled-devices to communicate with each other when close together. With that feature, the fingerprint scanner would be a way of securing mobile transactions performed through NFC technology.

However, a newer set of alleged leaked pictures show otherwise. The set of images recently shared by Phone Arena are depicting what looks like the iPhone 5S home button. Interestingly enough, the alleged home button of the 5S lacks any indication that a fingerprint scanner is embedded within.

Nevertheless, if this type of technology is in Apple’s plans then we might get to see it on the iPhone 6. Or not. It may simply be the case of one rumor refusing to die even after having been refuted numerous times.

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