iPhone 5S Home button almost identical to its predecessor, iOS 7 for iPad lags behind

Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac published a large entry on why he thinks the iPhone 5S will actually have a fingerprint scanner built into the Home button.

According to Gurman, which was fairly accurate in the past, the button will be almost identical to the one on the iPhone 5.

This is in contradiction with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s claims, who suggested that the Home button would feature a convex shape to house the fingerprint sensor.

He writes: “The new Home button’s design will not be noticeably convex. Perhaps the shape has changed slightly, 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 says the development of the iOS 7 for iPad is lagging behind.

He considers it quite possible that Apple will release the iOS 7 first for the iPhone, while the version for iPad could be launched at the release of the upcoming iPad.

“Many developers have noted that the iOS 7 builds for iPad feel unstable and unreliable compared to the iPhone-optimized betas. The reason is that Apple started on iOS 7 for iPhone prior to building for the iPad,” Gurman writes.