Apple iPhone 5S user guide confirms fingerprint sensor

Apple’s iPhone 5S will almost certainly ship with a fingerprint sensor after a French website leaked pictures of the device’s user guide showing the new feature.

The iPhone 5S user guide, which surfaced on iTechnow.com courtesy of French website Nowhereelse.fr, shows the locations of the buttons on the device with the new sensor listed alongside Apple’s usual array of buttons.

It shows a “Home button/Touch ID sensor” where usually there would just be the home button and the screen has a mockup of how iOS 7 will look on the device.

The image also confirms the presence of the “Ring/Silent switch”, “Volume buttons”, “Sleep/Wake button” and “Lightning connector” on the foot of the new smartphone.

Apple adding a fingerprint sensor to its smartphone has been talked about for some time and in the lead up to the new device’s release later today, the speculation has become even more feverish.

The inclusion of a fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S is expected to allow owners to unlock their smartphone using this method and give them an extra layer of security. There are rumours in future it could be used to verify online payments, something that would be particularly attractive to online retailers.

In the past week pictures emerged of a silver ring around the device’s home screen that further back up the rumours that it will ship with the fingerprint sensor. Some analysts are speculating that it will open the device up to the enterprise market more.

Apple is unveiling the iPhone 5S alongside the affordable iPhone 5C at twin launch events in California and Beijing, China, later today and, in China’s case, on 11 September.

As well as the fingerprint scanner the new iPhone 5S will likely come with an updated processor, NFC technology and a new champagne colourway.

The iPhone 5C, meanwhile, is all about colour with the plan to ship the device in various colours and the new phone is being released to take advantage of emerging markets across the globe.

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