Looking at a new Apple job posting, there’s a very good chance that the “iPhone 5S”, Apple’s 2013 flagship, may be a very, very incremental upgrade over the iPhone 5. Long thought of to be one of the iPhone 5S’ new and unique features, fingerprint sensor technology (possibly located underneath the next iPhone’s home button) may actually debut on the iPhone 6, which is what most sources call Apple’s 2014 flagship handset.
The job opening is for a software engineer at Florida’s Melbourne Design Center, and would require the successful candidate to write “low level code to configure and control hardware” and use LabTool and FA software to test fingerprint sensors.
This is interesting because Melbourne is where Authentec is headquartered, Authentec being the maker of fingerprint technology solutions Apple had acquired last year. As this is a late-cycle posting, this suggests that the iPhone 5S won’t come with fingerprint technology after all; that feature may turn up on the iPhone 6 instead.
Assuming the above speculation is correct, buyers expecting at least a few special features to debut on the iPhone 5S may have to adjust their expectations accordingly. A former Apple employee had recently “taken revenge” on his former company by advising would-be customers to bypass the iPhone 5S due to the device being a potential step upgrade compared to last year’s overhauled iPhone 5. This would apply to both the iPhone 5S’ internals, as well as its external appearance, which would likely be very similar to the present-generation iPhone 5.Tweet