September 10, 2013
According to Nowhereelse.fr, this is a photo of the iPhone 5S user guide. The pamphlet shows an iPhone with a gray ring around the round home button, which matches previous descriptions of the iPhone 5S’ fingerprint sensor. The guide refers to this button as a “Home Button/Touch ID sensor”. This suggests that Apple will brand the 5S’ fingerprint sensor clearly as a means of identification.
This corroborates with 9to5Mac’s reporting. We have said on multiple occasions that the fingerprint sensor will likely only be used as a means of unlock. In our roundup, we describe how the system will work:
To unlock the iPhone with the fingerprint reader, an iPhone 5S user simply clicks and holds their finger/thumb down on the sensor for a few seconds. It is unlikely that the sensor login and passcode could be used in tandem. There will be a preference in the iPhone’s Settings app to disable the sensor.
This description of the process pairs nicely with the branding ‘Touch ID’, as it literally describes what happens; unlocking will be activated by a touch-and-hold of your finger on the Home Button.
It should also be noted that this guide matches the leaked user guides for the iPhone 5C, with the same color-matched wallpaper design.
Apple will formally announce the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at its September event, scheduled for 10 AM PST. Banners at Apple’s Town Hall, the venue for the announcements, went up yesterday.
September 9, 2013
One of the bigger questions remaining about Apple’s event tomorrow is the price point of the iPhone 5C. Some, including Reuters, have put the price point very low, in the $100 Android range. Others have put it higher at $500 and above. Assuming Apple goes with a 16GB base model, I’d personally guess about $450 or slightly lower. How about you?
With Apple’s media event scheduled for tomorrow, we have rounded up what Apple is likely due to introduce. We previously published a round-table of 9to5Mac author hopes for the event, but this roundup will focus on our specific expectations for the keynote address. You can find our roundup below:
Ahead of tomorrow’s iPhone-relate media event on Apple’s Campus, banners promoting the proceedings have gone up at Apple’s 4 Infinite Loop Town Hall. The banners are nearly identical in design to the event’s official invitation, and some have interpreted the colors to indicate that the iPhone 5C (in multiple colors) will be announced at the event.
Also expected tomorrow is an iPhone 5S, an upgraded version of the iPhone 5 that includes a faster processor, improved camera system, and fingerprint sensor for login authentication. We’ll be covering the event live on 9to5Mac.com, and the event begins at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern. Another photo below (Thanks, iGen.fr): expand full story