Possible design of a Sapphire Home Button incorporating a fingerprint scanner.

Possible design of a Sapphire Home Button incorporating a fingerprint scanner.

It has been brought to our attention that apple may be planning to use Sapphire as a material to cover the rumoured Finger print scanner which is said to be integrated under the home button on the new device.

Rumours around the trademark home button have long been around however through all the generations of iPhone the home button has remained the same. This latest rumour however does seem to tie in with the increasing probability that the new iPhone will include a Fingerprint Scanner after apple’s acquisition of security firm AuthenTec last year.

This latest incarnation of the rumour seem to point towards the fingerprint scanner being located under a “Clear” home button which would also incorporate the usual home button features through use of a capacitive touch area.

Sapphire has also been rumoured as the covering for the new back panel camera and its scratch resistant properties make it a perfect material for these purposes, as well as one day possibly being used as the screen covering too, however the price of sapphire will need to come down a lot before that idea takes hold.

Let us know what you think about the fingerprint scanner, and also the use of sapphire in a mobile phone screen in the comments below!