The iPhone 5S Home Button Ring Could Look Like HAL 2013

While it seems pretty certain that the next iPhone will come with a fingerprint scanner, what it will look like remains an open question. A "silver ring" around the home button (see below) is the prevailing theory; our friend Martin Hajek has taken a closer look at what that might mean in practice.

Sure, these are just renders. But they're an excellent hint at what the Eye of Sauron Siri will look like in practice. And it's likely to be just about the only difference you'll notice between the iPhone 5S and the one that came before it.

[Thanks, Martin!]

Will There Be One Ring To Rule Them All Around The 5S Home Button?

There have been rumors for about a month that the iPhone 5S home button is going to be ringed in silver. Clayton Morris even told This Week In Tech that he was "unequivocally" sure about the change, and that the home button would otherwise have the same concave design. Other leaked photos have supported the rumor, though as usual their authenticity is somewhat questionable.

Perhaps the most solid evidence comes from the graphic Apple included with their media event invitation for September 10th's announcements (above). In addition to colorful circles that are thought to represent the colored plastic casing of the iPhone 5C, the empty silver rings could allude to a ring around the home button on the 5S.

Speculation is leaning toward the ring on the 5S only because of the rumored fingerprint scanner and the form factor similarities (aka twin moment) between the iPhone 5 and 5S. It would make sense to highlight the fingerprint scanner visually and would also allow 5S owners to feel like they can strut their stuff with a phone that is recognizable as the new model. [Apple Insider]