Apple has already taken down their online store to ready the updates showing its new products. Expected to be announced in a couple of hours, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will make their debut appearance at the store – other possible products shown off include new abilities of iOS 7, and possibly even iPad updates.
The biggest change to the iPhone will probably be the new fingerprint sensor built into the device’s iconic home button. Surrounded by a silver ring that is part of the sensor hardware, the button has lost the square icon present since the introduction of the original iPhone more than 6 years ago.
While a fingerprint sensor might not seem all that exciting at first blush, doing it right – and making it easy to use – could revolutionize mobile payments, online data protection, and more. Apple would by no means be the first to include a fingerprint sensor in their phones -they’ve been available for a while, and I’m reminded of the Motorola Atrix that used the sensor to unlock the phone – but they might be the first to make it popular.
Which bodes well for everyone, since most of the popular features of Android and iOS make it across the aisle at some point.
The second phone released today, the iPhone 5C, will feature a polycarbonate body not unlike recent Nokia phones, and will almost certainly omit the fingerprint sensor.