Sapphire Home Buttons Coming to New iPads?

iPhone 5s Home ButtonApple will use sapphire home buttons on the new iPad and iPad mini, expected to launch next month, according to a report from DigiTimes.
Apple first adopted sapphire to make covers of iPhone 5 cameras and now the material is also used in making covers of iPhone 5S finger print-recognizing home keys, the sources noted. Apple in March 2013 filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office an application concerning high-temperature lamination of sapphire layers, the sources noted.
The report goes on to note that Apple may be looking to adopt sapphire for the front screen of the next iPhone to be launched in 2014.

The most likely reason for a sapphire home button would be to add the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPad, while a sapphire screen for the iPhone, while likely being an extremely expensive part, would make the screen virtually immune to scratching.

A previous report suggested that Apple and other smartphone manufacturers looked at using sapphire for smartphone screens but found the material was unsuitable for high-volume production.

A redesigned iPad and Retina iPad mini are expected to launch next month.

Related roundups: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

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Posted: 14 months ago
You think?

Touch ID will hit every product eventually.
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 14 months ago
now add that fingerprint sensor to the rmbp aswell and release it already! :)
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 14 months ago
This might finally bring multi-user support. Touch Id + no multi user = Fail ! for families that share an iPad.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 14 months ago
As long as it comes along with a retina display on the mini I'll be happy. :rolleyes:
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 14 months ago
Seems like a no brainer for Apple to have a top of the line iPhone (5s) and iPad(9.7") both with the fingerprint sensor right now for corporate clients(as well as obviously for the consumer market). Let the iPad Mini and iPhone 5c be the less expensive/not as secure/not as profitable/not as powerful devices.

Can't wait for a new Mini! My iPad 2 days are done!(nothing wrong with it, just feels like holding a brick now after using the g/f's Mini constantly).

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A little change just for the sake of it.


A little? What the f...
Dude the future is here man! If people can't see the huge potential for this in the next 1-2 years you are so blind. :confused:

I could see this being huge for parents who want to control the amount of time their kids use on the iPad. I know of a coworker who's kid is addicted to Minecraft and he's only like 7 or 8. Not literally addicted but plays it probably too much.

Businesses that use an iPad instead of a big clunky cash register can now not be worried about having a $500+ device sitting on the counter. Want it? Go for it and steal it, you won't be able to use it.

Minor convenience of not having to click home screen and then swipe. Now just put finger on home button. I bet after using the fingerprint sensor to unlock going back to the old way will feel so wrong and slow(yes, probably only a 1/4-1/2 second slower but still add that up over couple years).
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 14 months ago


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Dude the future is here man! If people can't see the huge potential for this in the next 1-2 years you are so blind. :confused:


“The future is already here - it’s just not evenly distributed.”

- William Gibson
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 14 months ago
I bet this will look very nice. yea Apple.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 14 months ago
DigiTimes = the opposite of information. It's like a random 8-ball that takes pride in the few times it's right. And they like to claim info on things that are the same educated guesswork any of us could make from our armchair.

Make the screen out of whatever you think is best... home button too... but I sure hope the iPad (at least the full iPad 5) gets the fingerprint sensor now!

In the end, all iOS devices will have it, of course. And the mini will have retina eventually. (I'd be amazed if it's this year: the GPU and battery challenges are not small.)
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 14 months ago
Hope this is true... Patiently waiting iPad5
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Posted: 14 months ago

The iPad may have a sapphire home button, but will it have a sensor underneath it?


what would be the point of changing the home button to sapphire and not utilizing touch id?
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