A picture of what could be the home button for the iPhone 5S leaked onto the internet this week.
The picture was posted by a Japanese vendor known as Moumantai. The home button in the picture is very similar to the one used on the iPhone 5 with the main difference being the flex cable used to connect the main logic board. The cable on the iPhone 5S is much longer than the version found on the iPhone 5. It is also routed differently through the device's body, according to 9to5Mac.
Apple's rumored fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S is expected to be located somewhere around the home button. However, this part seems to be incompatible with a fingerprint sensor in that area.
The site also leaked another image of what is believed to be the vibrator and flex for the iPhone 5S. The image shows the vibrator attached to the flex cable which appears to support the volume buttons and mute switch on the side of the device. This cable is more compact than the version found on the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5S is also expected to feature an upgraded camera and processor and will ship to retailers during Q3.
The next-generation components for the smartphone will begin shipping at the end of May and that the device could show up in stores during the fall, DigiTimes reported. Other reports pointed to a summer release; but DigiTimes claims show that being too soon.
The handset will apparently come with a higher-end processor and a higher-end megapixel camera, which matches with some of the older reports.
Apple is rumored to be releasing two smartphone models this year: a low-cost device and the iPhone 6.
KGI Securites analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently made a prediction that Apple was going to launch the cheap iPhone in 4-6 different colors.