iOS 7 For The iPad Could Be Delayed, More Details On The iPhone 5S Home Button And More [Report]

We have heard a lot about the iPhone 5S lately… everything from it coming in Gold, to featuring dual-LED flash and who could forget about the convex home button rumor. Now the reputable Mark Gurman from 9To5Mac has released a large report detailing both the iPhone 5S home button and the state of iOS 7 that conflicts with some of the previous things we have heard.

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As mentioned previously it was widely believed that the iPhone 5S would feature a convex sapphire-covered home button to support the rumored fingerprint scanner, but according to Gurman this is not the case:

Contrary to recent talk, the new Home button’s design will not be noticeably convex. Perhaps the shape has changed, but the tweaked button is nothing distinct enough for the iPhone 5S to be identified as anything but an iPhone 5 by the untrained eye. There’s the possibility, however, that the etching and border of the Home button could become more shiny and look slightly different.

Gurman also went into detail on why we haven’t seen the fingerprint sensor appear in the supply chain as a component leak like some of the rear casings we have seen as well as the dual-LED flash module. Apparently it is because Apple is being extremely secretive about the feature and has even left it out from prototypes.

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As for iOS 7 Gurman stated that although the iPhone version is nearing competition, iOS 7 for the iPad is running behind. In fact, it could even be delayed.

Many developers have noted that the iOS 7 builds for iPad feel unstable and unreliable compared to the iPhone-optimized betas. The reason, as we’ve noted before, is that Apple started on iOS 7 for iPhone prior to building for the iPad. Perhaps as proof for this, Apple did not ship an iOS 7 beta for iPad until two weeks after the initial iPhone iOS 7 beta. A similar situation is potentially in the cards for the public launch of iOS 7.

Due to iOS 7 for the iPad running behind its release could be pushed back to the release of the next-generation iPad and iPad Mini. Besides going into detail on the delays of iOS 7 for the iPad, Gurman actually talked about future versions of iOS 7 and even iOS 8. He said that we can expect a number of new features that includes a Siri API of all things.

It is definitely a worthwhile report reading for yourself, but one thing is for sure it is going to be a hectic new few months for the Fruit Company.

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  • Arin Failing

    The term “reputable” should never be used in the same sentence as the name “Mark Gurman” or “9to5Mac”, much less when ACTUALLY referring to said person or blog site, respectively. You guys did something similar with BGR last week, when reporting on the iOS 7 beta 6 release date – look how that one turned out. I enjoy reading your articles, but you gotta learn who is reputable and who isn’t. TUAW does an awesome job, each week, at addressing rumors, and the sites from which they originate.