iPhone 6 schematics (Weibo 001)

Apple’s next iPhone is thought to be up for an announcement in September so it’s no surprise unverified photos of supposed cases and schematics are starting to surface. More purported photographs of iPhone 6 manufacturing molds and production equipment have cropped up over the weekend, hinting at a few design changes.

We have no way of confirming the legitimacy of these photographs and are reposting them here for the sake of discussion.

Jump past the fold to learn more and join the discussion…

GforGames passes along a batch of images that surfaced on China’s Weibo social network, purportedly showing the iPhone 6 molds and manufacturing equipment.

There isn’t much to be gleaned from the top image as it goes into the tiniest details and my Chinese is a little rusty these days.

Pictured below: supposed CAD models of the iPhone 6’s front and back part.

iPhone 6 schematics (CAD model 002)iPhone 6 schematics (CAD model 001)

Further below: purported manufacturing equipment to produce iPhone 6 molds.

iPhone 6 schematics (manufacturing equipment 002)iPhone 6 schematics (manufacturing equipment 001)

The rumor-mill is pointing to two new iPhone models in 2014: one with a 4.7-inch screen in September and the other rocking a phablet-class 5.5-inch screen and arriving later this year.

New photos of the iPhone 6 manufacturing molds released from the Frend blog Nowhereelese.fr offer more by way of detail, seemingly suggesting a device measuring approximately 64mm x 138mm.

This would suggest a device with a screen measuring 4.7 inches diagonally, or 12 centimeters. For those wondering, the dimensions yield a device that’s longer and wider than most 4.7-inch phones, including the HTC One.

By comparison, the current four-inch iPhone 5s is 58.66mm x 123.8 mm.

iPhone 6 mold (NowhereElse.fr 001)
An iPhone 4s superimposed over the image of alleged iPhone 6 mold.

The publication explains (translation from French via MacRumors):

Some of the holes that were drilled into the block in fact serve to fix the inserts which will form a crude which is then machined housing (finishes) using a CNC milling machine.

Thus, and assuming that my theory is correct, the dimensions of the box will be determined by the widest part and not the bottom of the mold.

Again, there’s no way of telling whether the molds or CAD drawings belong to Apple’s upcoming iPhone refresh. One sticking point in the discussion about these molds could be made about their tapered design reminiscent of the iPhone 3G/3GS.

On the other hand, tapered devices appear thinner to the eye than they really and are handled more conformably in one’s hand.

The rather accurate Japanese blog Macotaka recently reported that the iPhone 6 will be 7mm thick, or about half a millimeter thinner than the iPad Air, although Apple could expand it slightly to 7.5mm in order to do away with the protruded camera lens on the back.

What do you guys make of these shots?

  • Guest

    If this is true then…

  • Framboogle

    If this is true, then…

    • David Gitman

      lol this image again

    • Leonard Wong

      I starting to hate this image.

      • Jonathan

        and me too.

      • Leonard Wong

        Hate too much that I made a typo.
        I just edited it 🙂

      • Jonathan

        lol xD

      • Butch Danes

        You know what’s sad about that post? If people stop liking it, whoever is posting it will eventually stop, but nope.. some people just love seeing that stupidness from the 33 likes it has so far.

      • Sokrates

        thanks for that insight braniac

      • Infinite Production

        So will people just like this image?
        Seems like every image that is put up get likes.
        Becomes a bit pointless……

      • Infinite Production

        When does a iPhone become unusable if the screen increased in size?

      • Butch Danes

        Sup nigger, thanks for that lovely comment, bitch nigger.

  • Frank Anthony

    It’s already obvious that the next iPhone will be bigger screen… but we can’t tell for certain the accurate size. Apple always surprise everyone on the day of the announcement. I’m sure the next iPhone will be so dramatic and a breakthrough(Unthinkable). Apple gonna kick ass on this next iPhone & iOS 8 🙂 I bet it!

    • mlee19841

      From the rumors of iOS 8 on a lot of sites. It isn’t that much difference or anything to make u say wow. Just a health intergration and other small changes. No big over haul from what the rumor sites say.

      • Frank Anthony

        I’m not speaking about overhaul either. I’m talking bout great features that is coming and not just health or fitness stuff. Wait and see comes June! 🙂

  • Guest


  • blastingbigairs

    And yet many will still be in denial and cry “it’s too big, it’s too big”.

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Honestly, judging by the way apple fans operate (myself included), they hate change, but after the adjustment period of said change, they will love it and adopt it and love it all the same. People will hate the new size, but hey a month or two later everyone will love it and hate the smaller phones.

      • blastingbigairs

        I bought and used many other phones because I wanted the bigger screen, but always came back to an iPhone because of the OS. Android just blows no matter how much I rooted, flashed ROM’s, etc. It just felt very cheap and unrefined. I myself will be absolutely in heaven with a bigger iPhone screen. The best of both worlds finally!!!

  • Rowan09

    While this is a little off topic, I think Apple should follow the pricing scheme of the 5c and 5s with the iPhone 6. If according to some surveys people would pay more for a bigger screen, I for one would not want to pay more. If they follow the same price scheme they will sell some more phones and keep customers happy at the same time. I hope they listen to me as I’m sure they’re watching my comments.

  • Jonathan

    Why Windows XP though?

    • felixtaf

      Its still reliable than Win 8! Also, companies dont upgrade computers or OS’s every year. As long as its running, they will use it. Bcoz, these factories will have 100s or 1000s of computers. so bulk upgrading would cost them $$$! XP is not a bad OS, it still runs in 40% of windows PC’s second only to Win 7.

      • Jonathan

        But why not a Mac? I mean, this computer is probably in an Apple building. So you’d think Apple would only use Macs. :/

      • felixtaf

        You may be wrong. This may be from one of Apple’s manufacturing partners (like Foxconn).

      • Jonathan

        Hmm. Didn’t think of that.

  • Michael Santoro

    This version of CAD is out dated. Why would Apple/it’s manufacturers be using this?

    • therealjjohnson

      Because it still works.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Big screen check! Now for battery life(very important) and camera(not that important but still matters).

    • felixtaf

      Battery life will be same I think. Coz, Apple gone crazy in THINness of devices!

      • n0ahcruz3

        Sad but true 🙁

  • Ashish Maheshwari

    seeing the last picture, it seems like “An iPhone 4s superimposed over the image of iPhone 5/5s mold.”

    • mlee19841

      Same thing I was thinking. Might not be that big screen after all. Everything is still a rumor until it happens.

  • Mohammed

    Isn’t 138mm a little long for 64mm width ?

    • felixtaf

      Yes it will be a little long… Jus like iPhone 5S.
      Moto X – 130*65, Galaxy S3 – 136*70, Htc One X – 134*70.

  • mlee19841

    Is it me or does it look like a 5/5s or slightly longer again not wider. Or it must be my eyes.

  • Since when Apple has started using Windows OS …? :O

    • Martin


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  • mondo

    Rumours…foreplay to disappointment…

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    I spy Windows XP in use… Tut tut

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  • Tnt4ever

    Any of them must be dual sim.

    Hey apple think about it

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    From one handed use to a huge phone with a screen too small for its footprint. I’m just not buying these dimensions. That will yield a huge device with a giant bezel that no one but a pro basketball player could use with a single hand. Personally, I still don’t believe the rumors that the 4″ screen will go away in the low end, unless they keep the 5C around to replace the 4S at the very low end.

  • I absolutely hate leaks.

  • Ooh. Is this a marketing strategy? I don’t think so. Please China manufacturers, do not leak our blueprints. Certainly things like this could become big problems in the future.