iPhone 5S

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Only days away from Apple’s September 10th iPhone event, new photos have come out  which claim to show the box for the upcoming iPhone 5S. The same site has also leaked alleged photos of iPhone 5C packaging in the past. Notable here is the tweaked home button design, which appears to ditch the iconic inset square in favor of a ring around the edge.

These new images line up with previous whispers about the fingerprint sensor and also match photos we’ve seen of iPhone 5C packaging, which carry color-coded wallpapers based on the base color of the device itself, similar to the iPod nano.

Last month, we reported that the iPhone 5S might have a different type of etching around the edge of the home button:

Also contrary to recent talk, the new Home button’s design will not be noticeably convex. Perhaps the shape has changed, but the tweaked button is nothing distinct enough for the iPhone 5S to be identified as anything but an iPhone 5 by the untrained eye. There’s the possibility, however, that the etching and border of the Home button could become more shiny and look slightly different.


Some have also speculated that the gray rings on the Apple event invitation are references to the new fingerprint sensor.

Fox News’s Clayton Morris has echoed similar thoughts about the fingerprint sensor on TwiT. The Wall Street Journal believes the same. 

Of course, the legitimacy of these images can’t be verified. While they look accurate enough to pass, the corners of the phone look slightly distorted, either indicated tampering, or perhaps it’s just how the light reflects off of the chamfer. (This can be seen in photos on Apple’s website.)

Here’s a mockup of how the iPhone 5S home button could look:

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Both the iPhone 5S and lower-cost iPhone 5C are expected to be unveiled on September 10th.

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