We’ve been hearing incessant rumors that the next iPhone would come with a fingerprint scanner ever since the company published a patent describing such technology earlier this year. But now, just hours ahead of Apple’s press event where the new iPhone is expected to debut, a rendering of the device complete with a “Touch ID” scanner has surfaced online.
The alleged leak comes from French blog Nowhereelse.fr, which has revealed information about Apple product launches in the past. The website claims that its image comes from a “very reliable” source, although the blog doesn’t say where it obtained the image. The leaked user manual depicts what looks exactly like the iPhone 5 with the exception of its Home button, which sports a label that says “Home button/Touch ID sensor.”
At the same time, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that new higher-end iPhone models will include a fingerprint scanner. This echoes earlier reports, such as one from Reuters in June, that said Apple’s future iPhone would come with such technology. References to touch-based hardware have also been discovered in the beta version of iOS 7, furthering speculation that the next flagship iPhone will come with a biometric sensor.
Apple is expected to lay these rumors to rest at its press event this afternoon in San Francisco. Besides a fingerprint scanner, the purported iPhone 5S is believed to feature an A7 processor and a dual-LED flash camera. Other internal specs are expect to resemble those of the iPhone 5, but the new iPhone’s aesthetics are rumored to see a notable change. Numerous leaks have suggested that Apple’s iPhone 5S will launch in two new colors: Graphite and Champagne Gold, while iPhones are typically only available in black or white color options.
The company is also widely rumored to launch a low-cost version of the iPhone known as the iPhone 5C. This budget-oriented iPhone will allegedly come with a plastic shell rather than aluminum and is expected to come in a wide array of color options including blue, green and pink, among others.