Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Bump: In order to include a fingerprint sensor in its upcoming iPhone 5S, Apple (AAPL) will make a major change to its home button, AppleInsider notes. Since its 2007 launch, the iPhone has always featured a slightly concave home button. The iPhone 5S, however, will get a convex home button, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The change is meant to provide room for fingerprint sensor technology that will be housed under the home button. The concave button will be made from sapphire to resist scratching. Last year, Apple purchased fingerprint security firm Authentec and has been widely expected to incorporate its technology into future products. The fingerprint sensor will likely be used to provide security for a mobile payment system. Over the weekend, rumors circulated that the iPhone 5S will will be unveiled at a press event on September 10. Apple is also expected to launch a lower-cost iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 5C, alongside the iPhone 5S.
Slimmer: Apple’s Asian manufacturing partners are now producing display panels for its upcoming fifth-generation iPad, the Wall Street Journal notes. The new iPad, which will be unveiled this fall, will adopt the film-based touch panel used in the iPad Mini to reduce its thickness. The upcoming standard sized iPad will also feature smaller bezels — like the iPad Mini. It is expected to be significantly thinner and lighter than the current iPad model.
No Fly Zone: Apple will not be able to feature 3D-flyovers of Oslo, Norway, in its Maps app, Tauw.com notes. Citing security concerns, the Norwegian government has refused to permit Apple to photograph its capital city from the air. In order to capture the data needed to create the 3D maps, Apple hires small aircraft to fly around major cities, recording photographic images of buildings and landscape features from a variety of angles. Oslo’s mayor has opposed the government ban, arguing that Oslo’s inclusion in 3D maps could boost tourism. Apple and the U.S. Embassy are trying to negotiate a way around the ban.
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