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Hands on Video With 3 Different iPhone 11 Case Prototypes

J.Glenn Künzler

We managed to get our hands on an assortment of cases from a source that has been known to be highly accurate in the past, and sent them out to a few top tech outlets.

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2019 iPhone Case Confirms Rumoured Design

Mohammed Rayan

With the 2019 iPhones just 4 months away, leaks have started pouring in from all directions. This one comes from our trusted sources in China. We have our hands on what is supposed to be the case renders which case manufacturers use as a reference to design cases for phones. And since majority of case makers hail from China, we have very good reasons to believe that this is the real deal.

This confirms the rumors that Apple will have 2 flagships this year, apart from whatever they have planned for the XR lineup. What we have our hands on might be perhaps called the “iPhone XI” and “iPhone XI Max”. Continue Reading

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Mohammed Rayan

In a world of smartphones dominated by notches, Samsung was the only company to stick to its industrial design of curved sides and thick top and bottom bezels. While some would say that this looked “old-fashioned” , others would choose words like “practical” and “symmetric”. And now with its latest offering, the Galaxy S10/S10+, Samsung has gone back to the drawing board to create a design that reflects the smartphone of today.

I have spent one month with the Galaxy S10+ as my daily driver and here’s my review. Please note that whatever I say holds true for the regular S10 as well, save for the battery capacity and the display size.

Starting from the front, The S10+ has the new “Infinity-O display” which has a cutout for the front camera in the screen, allowing the bezels to be thinner than ever on any Samsung phone till date. The screen is curved on the sides allowing it to blend seamlessly with the side. The rear of the phone is all glass, housing a triple camera system(which I’ll get to in a bit), also curving on to the sides.

The power button is on the right, which is placed slightly higher than I am used to on other phones. The volume rocker is placed on the left, right on top of the Bixby Key- which can thankfully be remapped this time around. To the bottom of the phone we have a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-Type C port, and a speaker. The top of the phone houses the secondary noise cancelling microphone. Sadly, No IR blaster this time.

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The Best AirPower Alternatives You Can Buy Right Now

Ricardo Pirroni

So It was announced. We got excited. We were prepared to wait because we wanted, (needed) a magical place to charge our iPhones without cables.

And then… Disaster!

Apple cancelled it. All our hopes and dreams dashed against the craggy shores of cabled charging.

But there’s still hope, for once Apple didn’t invent their own format. They decided to use the Qi standard , and let’s face it, you still have too many cables and you still have a space set aside for that AirPower mat so what are you waiting for? Continue Reading

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Protecting your iPhone XS: We Reviewed 20 iPhone Cases

Mark Rogers

Choosing how you protect your Apple iPhone XS has never been harder, with hundreds of iPhone cases to choose from, it can be very confusing deciding between them all.

Phone cases today can be made from single, double, triple and even 5 layer construction using materials such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polycarbonates (PC), one manufacturer in particular is even incorporating materials used for crash protection in motorcycle gear into their cases for superior drop protection.

When it comes to how well a phone case protects the phone, some manufacturers use a military grade drop test to prove how well their case works if the inevitable happens, it’s a test the US Department of Defense designed to ensure overall durability for the product to be combat worthy. For the test the manufacturer repeatedly drops a case with a phone in it from a height of 4ft onto 2-inch plywood over concrete. The case is dropped a total of 26 times, 6 times face down, 8 times on the corners, and 12 times on the edges. After every drop the phone case is inspected for any damage. Not every manufacturer uses this test and it can only used as a guide to how well a phone case protects your phone.

For some, choosing a new iPhone case can be as simple how it minimalistic it looks without detracting from the iPhones overall shape and how it feels in the hand, while for others it’s about protecting their investment, choosing the biggest and most protective case available and not worrying about how it looks or feels. Continue Reading

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Design Models Show Likely Traits of iPhone 9/9Plus

J.Glenn Künzler

Since the past few weeks, rumours and speculations are rife about the upcoming iPhones. And, as we are little over a month away from the launch event, more and more details have started to leaked out about the upcoming iPhones.

Just like last year, thanks to Sonny, DetroitBORG has got his hands on the 3 models of the 2018 iPhones. This has been in line with the previous rumours saying that Apple will once again launch three new iPhones in 2018. However, these are completely different from what we got last year. The 3 models that are going to be launched are :

iPhone X (2018?) : This is going to resemble the current iPhone X with the 5.8 inch bezel-less display, albeit with new specifications, second generation of FaceID and a new colour option, Gold. The 2018 iPhone X might also come with an upgraded camera.

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iPhone SE 2 & iPhone X

J.Glenn Künzler

 

Back in 2016, Apple launched the iPhone SE, a phone meant to please the crowd disappointed by the increasing screen sizes of iPhones and not willing to let go off of their older iPhones. And since then, Apple has been hush about any potential successors to the SE.

Today, courtesy of Sonny, we might have a new piece of information on the iPhone SE 2. Sonny tweeted out an image earlier today that supposedly shows off the screen protector for the upcoming iPhone SE alongside the screen protector for the iPhone X

Talking about the similarities, the screen protector for the SE has a cutout for the infamous notch just like the iPhone X. And the aspect ratio of the screen looks somewhat similar to the X.

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A Look at Apple’s Design Sketch For the iPhone 8

J.Glenn Künzler

It is 2018 and Apple has recycled the same design for its iPhones right from the beginning, at least on the front anyways. The iPhone desperately needs a refresh and if the latest rumours to be believed, we are going to get exactly that with the 2017 iPhone.

This leak comes from none other that Sonny, who has been a trusted source in terms of Apple leaks. In his latest video, Marques Brownlee (a.k.a MKBHD) goes hands on with what is supposed to be the iPhone 8 model. This prototype is what case manufacturers get to design the cases for upcoming phones. And it there are high chances that the upcoming iPhone might have the exact design and dimensions

Talking about the design, this model sports an edge to edge display with a cutout at the top for the front facing camera, the earpiece and sensors. This goes in line with what we have seen in the recent iPhone silhouette found in the Home Pod firmware. And that’s not all that is new with the design. The back of the phone is now made out of glass, accommodating the vertical dual camera setup with the flash in between the two lenses.
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The inside story behind P1 & P2: How Apple picked what came to be the iPhone

J.Glenn Künzler

To understand the iPhone today, and how it has shaped Apple and pushed the world forward, it’s important to have a sense of perspective. A critical part of that is understanding how it all started – where the iPhone of today got its roots. Back in the beginning, there were two iPhone projects, the P1 and P2. Tony Fadell had the clout of being “Godfather” of the iPod, but Scott Forsall had been working with Steve since NeXT. The iPhone P2 is what came to be known as the original selling model of the iPhone, paving the foundation of where we are today, 10 years in the future.

Now, where does this concept of multiple projects fit in Apple’s process? P series devices are the first step of any product. They are the earliest stage of real prototyping, they hardly ever get out of Apple, and are the hardest devices to find. They often make hundreds of small little iterations but rarely have finished materials on them. These iPhones, being P devices, have plastic screens, raw bezels, and unfinished home buttons, and do not usually function as complete finished projects. Think of them as Apple’s proofs of concept. Continue Reading

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Exclusive Video and Photos: The iPod-based interface that lost out to iOS for the iPhone

J.Glenn Künzler

While it has always been known that Apple considered a variety of ideas when they were deciding to enter the mobile phone market (with ex employees discussing it behind closed doors, as seen in this Cult Of Mac article, not much was known about alternate versions of the iPhone until now.

Much like the first production iPhone, the prototype features many of the same features including an aluminium chassis, multi-touch compatible screen, 2G connectivity and WiFi radios. However, despite carrying a similar design, the phone itself is extremely different from the iPhone we know today.

Instead of the modern touch-driven interface we now call iOS, it featured an operating system dubbed “Acorn OS” (this was an internal code name, and it unclear if it would have kept that name if it had been released), which is derived from the acorn shown on boot. It presents an on-screen click wheel, which took up the bottom portion of the screen, and on the other half of the screen, a UI identical to the one found on the beloved iPod, with options such as “Dial”, “SMS”, “Music”, “Contacts” and “Recents”, however lacking a browser option. The interface is interacted with in the same way an iPod would be operated. Continue Reading

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Review

Sonny Dickson

Every other year, Apple comes out with their S line of phones. While these phones look almost completely the same from the outside, they bring major improvements internally. These improvements go on to be defining features for future iPhones. The 3GS brought video recording, the 4s brought Siri (which went on to be one of Apple’s biggest features across their product line), and the 5s brought Touch ID security. Once again, Apple has released an iPhone that looks almost exactly the same on the outside, but do the new internal features make this a radical step forward for the iPhone?

The design of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is almost exactly the same as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The iPhone 6s is one of the best smartphone designs ever. The edges of the device are rounded, there is not one hard angle on the main body of the phone, which makes it feel really good in the hand. The glass extends from the border of the screen and slopes down into the metal casing of the phone. The antenna bands extend over the sides over to the back, creating a rounded trapezoid shape on both the top and bottom of the back. The Apple logo is the main highlight of the back of the phone. It has been cut from a piece of polished stainless steel, and then inserted into the cutout in the casing. This creates a two-toned transition between the sand blasted aluminum and the polished stainless steel. One problem with last years design was the use of series 6000 aluminum. This, unfortunately, made the extremely thin iPhone 6 and 6 Plus susceptible to bending. This has been fixed in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with series 7000 aluminum. Pure aluminum is now mixed with zinc and magnesium, which creates a very strong alloy. Another material upgrade is the dual ion-exchange glass, which is the most durable glass used on a smartphone ever. Rose Gold joins the existing Space Grey, Silver, and Gold. I would describe this color as a metallic peach more than Rose Gold, but I still like the color regardless. Continue Reading

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Motorola Moto X Pure Edition Review

Sonny Dickson

Motorola recently has been creating some really impressive low and mid-range phones. Starting in 2013 with the original Moto X, they have tried to perfect the ideal Android smartphone that doesn’t break the bank. Motorola almost got the formula right back in 2014, however lackluster battery life and cameras made it hard to compare the phone to flagships such as the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy. So the question is, does the 2015 Moto X Pure Edition perfect the mid-range smartphone?

The design of the 2015 Moto X reflects the newer design language that Motorola applies across all of their phones. The swooping lines and curved back make it really easy to hold the phone. These details actually look more inviting and friendly than some other phones that use straight edges. The structure of the phone is made of anodized aluminum and this makes the Moto G feel really solid. The back plate can be customized to use plastic, leather, or wood, and the leather and wood options add a bit of class to an already handsome phone. The two major design changes over previous versions of the Moto X are, first, the camera trim, which has been redesigned to be a little less intrusive and second, the bigger screen. The screen got a sizable bump from a 5.2 inch Full HD AMOLED to a 5.7 inch Quad HD LED display. While the screen is nice, it’s not anything special, however the colors and clarity are perfectly fine for the price. Continue Reading

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

Sonny Dickson

Samsung introduced the world to large screen phones branded as “phablets” back in 2011. While many people didn’t think this approach to phones would work in the long run, it actually did. Now if you look around in the phone market, you rarely find a phone that has a screen less than 4.5 inches. In 2015, most phones have the large screen that was once the Note’s biggest feature. So, the big question is: “Does the Note 5 still have the competitive edge in a large screen world?”

When I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S5 back in 2014, the one thing that stood out to me was just how horribly designed Samsung phones were. The plastic design was actually the focus of a lot of negative reviews directed at Samsung phones before this year. Samsung picked up on this and completely redesigned their handsets to incorporate premium materials, such as metal and glass. The result is a beautiful phone that feels solid in the hand. The front of the phone looks similar to other Samsung phones, but the real design marvel is the curved glass on the back. The back glass not only looks amazing, but it also creates a more comfortable surface to hold. The chamfered edges on the side of the metal enclosure look nice, but, just like the iPhone, do not hold up to long-term wear and tear. Continue Reading

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OnePlus 2 Review

Sonny Dickson

The OnePlus 2 is a paradox. On one side, it is a phone that compares itself to flagships like the Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6. Conversely, the OnePlus 2 is half the price of those very same phones. The OnePlus 1 was a wildly popular phone in 2015, so the question is: “Does the OnePlus 2 have what it takes to be the 2016 flagship killer it claims to be?”

The design of th OnePlus 2 isn’t very exciting. The main frame of the phone is made of aluminum, a material now commonly used on flagship phones. This design decision makes the OnePlus 2 feel really solid, it’s unbelievable that this phone costs less than $400. The phone comes with a removable plastic back that features a rough matte finish that feels somewhat like sandpaper. This texture actually gives you more grip and prevents you from dropping your phone. If the matte black finish isn’t your style, OnePlus will sell you a different back, including a real wooden one, for $27. Continue Reading

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iPhone 6s Back Cover-Analysis and Bend Test

Sonny Dickson

Last week, we gave Lew from UnboxTherapy an unreleased iPhone 6s back housing. If you missed Lew’s findings, here is a recap

Just like rumors suggested, the iPhone 6s casing is slightly taller, wider and thicker. Some people suggested that this minor enhancement was to accommodate the hardware needed for Force Touch, but it actually might be more than that. The iPhone 6s casing measures 138.26mm by 67.16mm (versus the 138.09mm by 66.91mm iPhone 6), so the iPhone 6s has become slightly taller and wider. A bigger change is the internal strengthening of the casing, Apple has actually increased the thickness along the power and home buttons up from 1.14mm to 1.9mm. These changes make the iPhone 6s casing as a whole a lot more rigid than the iPhone 6 casing.

As promised, we are back this week with a much more in-depth look at the iPhone 6s back casing.

Not only has Apple physically strengthened the iPhone by adjusting dimensions, they also use a new grade of aluminum to make it even stronger. The iPhone 5 through iPhone 6 used a grade of aluminum from the series 6000 family. Now, they have upgraded to the same alloy found on the Apple Watch Sport, series 7000 aluminum. Apple describes why they chose this alloy for the Apple Watch Sport on their website: Continue Reading

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iPhone 6s-No More Bend?

Sonny Dickson

The iPhone 6 was a massive success for Apple. The only minor problem it had was something dubbed Bendgate. Now, a year later we have a hands-on look at the iPhone 6s casing. What’s changed in the design, and do these changes help stop the iPhone from bending? We gave our good friend Lew from UnboxTherapy an unreleased iPhone 6s case to answer those very questions.

Just like rumors suggested, the iPhone 6s casing is slightly taller, wider and thicker. Some people suggested that this minor enhancement was to accommodate the hardware needed for Force Touch, but it actually might be more than that. Lew measured the iPhone 6s casing with a digital caliper that has an accuracy of .01mm. The iPhone 6s casing measures 138.26mm by 67.16mm (versus the 138.09mm by 66.91mm iPhone 6), so the iPhone 6s has become slightly taller and wider. A bigger change is the internal strengthening of the casing, Apple has actually increased the thickness along the power and home buttons up from 1.14mm to 1.9mm. These changes will most likely make the iPhone 6s casing as a whole a lot more rigid than the iPhone 6 casing, We will be providing more in-depth coverage in the near future, but in the meantime, if you want to see Lew’s video, check it out below! Continue Reading

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iPhone 6s Back Housing-First Look

Sonny Dickson

Today we have an exclusive look at the iPhone 6s back housing. On the outside, the 6s casing looks exactly like the iPhone 6. Like all “S” release devices, the changes are mostly internal and the iPhone 6s casing is no different. The first thing that we noticed upon inspection is that the screw mounting posts are in slightly different locations, this  most likely points to a new logic board in the 6s featuring an A9 chip. The other revision we noticed was the thickness of the metal around the volume and power buttons. Besides that, the case is very similar to the iPhone 6. Check out the pictures below and stay tuned for more part leaks in the future! Continue Reading

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iPhone 6s Display and Flex Cables-First Look

Sonny Dickson

It’s time to take a look at some parts for the upcoming iPhone 6s. The first part that we have acquired is the display. The front of the display is almost identical to the one on the iPhone 6 except for one small detail, the front camera cutout. The camera cutout on the cover glass is slightly bigger than the one on the iPhone 6, pointing to a front facing camera upgrade this year. The major change to the display is on the back. On the upper portion of the EF shielding, there is a cutout allowing for some sort of sensor to pass through it. This is most likely a pressure sensor for force touch. Apple is rumored to be bringing force touch to the iPhone 6s this fall and is expected to use it to make navigating through iOS easier.

Our team also was able to get a look at several flex cables designed for the iPhone 6s. The first two are the lightning/headphone flex cable and the Touch ID sensor, both these parts are visually identical to their corresponding iPhone 6 flex cables. One change was the flex cable for the volume buttons and mute switch. On the iPhone 6s, the volume flex cable and the power flex cable have been combined into one part that features power, volume, mute and the secondary microphone. Continue Reading

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LG G4 Review

Sonny Dickson

LG is somewhat of an underdog in the mobile phone world. In a mostly saturated market, Apple and Samsung seem to be the ones that sell the most phones; however, the LG G3 was a solid competitor last year. So the question remains: does the LG G4 improve upon the G3, or is it just another phone that will fade into the shadows?

The design of the LG G4 isn’t very special and is actually a step down compared to other 2015 flagships. The whole phone is made of plastic, and nothing about it looks premium. The good news is this can be fixed by replacing the removable plastic back with the leather one, which can be purchased from LG for $69.99. One other design decision that is a bit odd is the placement of the volume and power buttons on the back. It isn’t very natural to use and requires some getting used to. However, don’t let one strange design decision deter you from buying this phone. Continue Reading

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iPhone 6 Logic Board Confirms NFC

Sonny Dickson

Our friends over at Feld & Volk have provided us with some exclusive pictures of the iPhone 6’s logic board that confirm this year’s iPhone will be equipped with NFC. After two years of rumors claiming that the iPhone 5 would be equipped with NFC, the iPhone 6 will finally receive it.

The photo below shows us the iPhone 6’s motherboard, equipped with chips such as the AVAGO and the Apple A8 chip which is said to be 2GHz dual-core 20nm 64-bit A8 CPU and much faster and smaller than the 1.3GHz 28nm A7 chip. Continue Reading

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A Visual Look at Apple’s iPhone 6 vs Previous iPhones

Sonny Dickson

Recently, pictures of the iPhone 6 Mockup have been circulating throughout the web. I’ve gone ahead and compared the mockup to older generations of the iPhones and the iPod Touch 5G, as well as the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5. As you can see, the iPhone 6 represents a large jump in screen size compared to previous generations. Apple has decided to ditch the sharp, angular lines of the 5 and 5s and replace them with a more friendly, curved body. The iPhone 6 is also smaller than both the HTC One M8, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S5. Continue Reading

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iPhone 6 vs. iPod Touch: What to Expect from Apple’s Next Smartphone

Sonny Dickson

If you’ve been keeping up to date with the latest iPhone 6 news, you’ve probably already seen Unbox Therapy’s iPhone 6 – How Thin? video.

We’ve gone ahead and compared the purported iPhone 6 cases to the current iPhone 5S and the iPod Touch 5th generation. As you can see in the video and in the images below, it seems like the next gen iPhone will have a similar design to the current iPod Touch. It will be much thinner than the current iPhone 5S, the sleep/wake button will be moved to the side, and as reported by trusted sources, the iPhone 6 will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with 1,704 x 960-pixel resolution.

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Say Hello to the First Case Designed for Apple’s “iPhone 6”

Sonny Dickson

With the “iPhone 6” quickly approaching, amid many rumors of a larger screen coming to the device (from a variety of sources with varying credibility), we’ve got our hands on some of the first cases designed for the new device!

While it’s true that anyone could make a case and claim it’s for an “iPhone 6”, the source who produced this case has an excellent track record. We’ve also got some exclusive information coming soon that should make you offer this case more than just a passing glance!

Check out this excellent analysis of the new case, which we provided to Unbox Therapy for their official YouTube channel – his insight on the case, especially in relation to the iPod touch, is spot on!

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Could this be Apple’s next iPhone? The iPhone 6?

Sonny Dickson

We’ve heard numerous amounts of rumors about Apple’s next-gen iPhone, the iPhone 6. We’ve gotten our hands on some great photos of the iPhone’s rear casing in Space Grey– and just as always, it looks absolutely astonishing.

As some rumors suggest, the screen will in fact be bigger. The design will be like a cross between the current iPad Air and the iPod Touch. As shown in the pictures below, it will be definitely thinner than the current iPhone 5S.  I’m not 100% sure this is the real back housing, but I’ll be updating it as I get more information regarding it. Continue Reading

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First Photos of the Samsung Galaxy S5

Sonny Dickson

There’s been a leaked document floating around showing off Samsung’s latest Galaxy device, the Galaxy S5. This design has been sent to companies to create cases for their upcoming device.

As mentioned above, this is an official document meaning the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be as displayed in the picture. The phone will have a 5.25-inch display which is a little bigger than the current S4’s screen. Besides the small changes in the screen size, it seems like Samsung has decided to keep much of the phone the same. The main design difference is the reduction of the roundness of the edges. This means that Samsung is moving away from their “pebble” shaped phones, and replacing them with more utilitarian designs. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to be released on Feb. 24, but until then, stay tuned for more info! Continue Reading

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Hands-On With The iPhone 5C Logic Board

Sonny Dickson

What we have here are leaked images of the iPhone 5C logic board. The 5C is expected to be Apple’s budget model, sporting similar specs of the iPhone 5 but in a plastic shell. The logic board is slightly smaller than the one found inside the iPhone 5, but it does line up with the screw mounting points found inside the iPhone 5c shells that we have featured on our site previously. The slightly smaller logic board might point to a slightly bigger battery.

The leaked images look a lot like the leaked logic board said to belong to the iPhone 5s. Apple is expected to announce their new iPhones September 10th.

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High-Res Images of the iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanners

Sonny Dickson

While we’ve already seen numerous leaks of various next-gen iPhone hardware, one thing that hasn’t been seen is the home button. While a pair of pictures made the rounds earlier today, all of the images so far have been fairly poor in quality. It’s time to fix that.

We’ve gotten our hands on dozens of sharp high-res images of the iPhone 5S home button hardware. Notably, the sensors and flex cable bear a remarkably different design when compared to the iPhone 5 home button – and even previous supposed 5S part leaks.

While the design differences have yet to be technically assessed, they could have a whole lot to do with the rumored biometric fingerprint scanner that numerous pundits and analysts have predicted. In fact, we’d count on it.

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Our Best Pictures Yet of the Champagne iPhone 5S

Sonny Dickson

For the first time ever, Apple is expected to release four separate color options for their next-gen iPhone when they unveil the device at their September 10th media event. However, with more choices than ever before, many may find it more difficult than ever to choose their favorite.

Between the new “champagne” option, with it’s subdued golden hue, the “graphite” version with its sleek, modern high-contrast palette, and the familiar silver & white and black & slate options, users are presented with a very daunting decision indeed. We think they all look fantastic!

We already know the gold iPhone 5S looks great – our previous photos bear record of that quite adequately. But we’re never satisfied with “good enough” at SonnyDickson

Take a look below, and let us know what you think by sounding off in the comments!

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