After the announcement of the iPhone 5s' fingerprint detector, jokes abounded on Twitter and throughout much of the rest of the Internet about how the NSA was going to document everyone's fingerprints with the device. According to the Wall Street Journal, at least, it may not come to that. According to an unnamed spokesman at Apple, the fingerprint detector won't actually record images of your fingerprints.
Judging from a patent filing recently discovered by AppleInsider, it looks as though the rumors that the iPhone 5S's fingerprint sensor could support payment options might be true after all. Originally analysts believed that the fingerprint-payment feature was a little too advanced for the upcoming release, but AppleInsider's research shows that Apple had such an idea in mind all the way back in March of 2012.
Last week we shared an image of what may be the actual fingerprint scanner for the iPhone 5S; today we bring you dubious photos of an alleged iPhone 5S box which seems to indicate a fingerprint scanner on the device itself. The images, leaked by Chinese site C Technology, appear to show that Apple's ditched the traditional encircled square for a gray ring around the home button's edge.
One of the strangest common threads among all the leaks we've seen of the iPhone 5S so far is that none have featured the fingerprint sensor we've heard so much about. Yet with some leaked photos from French site Nowhereelse.fr, that may have changed. Depicting a new home button flex cable part, the image looks as though it could at last prove that one of the iPhone 5S's most anticipated features may be a reality, after all.