iPhone Fingerprint Reader Leaks Online [Photo]

James Johnson

Among all of Apple's rumors this year, the most popular is an iPhone fingerprint reader for the upcoming iPhone 5S. Now thanks to a newly leaked photo, we get our first look at the highly touted piece of technology.

Leaked by Nowhereelse.fr, the photo showcases the bare hardware component for the fingerprint reader.

The picture shows the home button flex cable, but it's a much more complex version of the same hardware that is found inside the iPhone 5.

As noted, the new flex cable features a "mysterious square element," which likely points to the iPhone fingerprint option.

While some reports have pointed to the home button being replaced by the fingerprint option, the newly leaked photo appears to show the scanner being located near the home button.

iPhone fingerprint reader rumors for the 5S heated up after references to a biometric fingerprint sensor showed up in the code for older iOS 7 beta versions.

While we are running on rumors and speculation at this time, the iPhone 5S will be officially revealed during Apple's September 10 press conference.

While Apple will almost definitely release the iPhone 5S with the highly touted iPhone fingerprint reader, the company will still need to hope that buyers care about the technology.

On the one hand, the fingerprint reader can make for a more secure mobile device. On the other hand, many customers may not care about the feature and may not find it to be reason enough to upgrade from their already capable iPhone 5 devices.

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Do you think an iPhone fingerprint reader and updated iOS 7 platform will help Apple set iPhone sales records?