4.7 inch iPhone 6 front panel (iFanr 001)

Japanese magazine Mac Fan asserted back in October 2013 that Apple’s upcoming larger-screened iPhone 6 would file as the first device with a display this large that would still be optimized for one-handed use, thanks to some smart design decisions.

And in September of last year, KGI Securities’ Ming Chi-Kuo called for a next-generation iPhone with a 4.5 to five-inch screen and designed to follow Apple’s “unwavering principle of one hand use”.

Today, a new video of a purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6 front panel has surfaced giving us a good indication how the device might feel in one’s hand…

The video embedded below was first posted by the Chinese blog iFanr [Google translate] and re-uploaded by Steve Hemmerstoffer who runs NowhereElse.fr [Google translate].

It shows what appears to be a black front panel belonging to a 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The part is allegedly close to a final production version and has reportedly been obtained from an anonymous source who declined to be identified because Apple is not fond of leaks.

The fit and finish of the leaked part is said to be in line with Apple’s craftsmanship. The panel’s product number and barcode has been obscured to protect the identity of the leaker.

Notice the beautifully rounded edges.

4.7 inch iPhone 6 front panel (iFanr 003)

Perhaps most interestingly, the video compares the purported panel to the iPhone 5s form factor, suggesting the possibility of one-handed use.

A few observations.

The front camera hole appears on the left of the earpiece, as opposed to the current iPhone 5s design with the FaceTime aligned in the center and right above the earpiece.

The side bezels are noticeably skinnier, with the flat edges having been replaced with rounded ones, which is consistent with previous rumors.

Reports by Chinese media outlets that surfaced this morning seemingly point to a September 19 iPhone 6 introduction, ahead of the handset’s September 25 launch.

What do you guys think?

If this video is anything to go by, will you be able to operate a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with one hand, do you think? I’m not sure my thumb would comfortably reach all four corners of the screen, but it’s too early to tell before I have a chance to hold the device in my hand.

  • Rak S

    Side bezel doesn’t appear to be thinner at all, imo. Top and bottom do appear to be thinner though, which is a welcome change.

    • Glorin

      it seams to be twice as thin… still not happy…

      • Rak S

        In my opinion, the side bezels seem the same size.

      • Rak S

        In my opinion the side bezel looks the same.

      • totallymichael

        I was going to say the same when I read that they were “noticeably thinner”. I’ve seen other photos of the screen and, because of the curvature, at higher angles of incidence they do look thinner, but it’s a visual trick. From directly above they look pretty identical to me.

      • john4lakes

        I was going to say the same when I read that they were “noticeably thinner”. I’ve seen other photos of the screen and, because of the curvature, at higher angles of incidence they do look thinner, but it’s a visual trick. From directly above they look pretty identical to me.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    Those rounded edges are beautiful

    • Rak S

      Aren’t they just rounded edges? Don’t see anything particularly new or interesting about them.

  • Andy

    You don’t need a video to figure out Apple chose 4.7″ so that people can continue using it with one hand. Wasn’t it obvious already?

  • Kenny Woodard

    Anyone that has used a Moto X or HTC One M7 (both with 4.7″ screens) will tell you that 4.7″ is pretty much the perfect spot for one handed use. You get plenty of screen to work with, and for the average size hands it fits pretty well in your palm. Although both the aforementioned devices have subtle curves to the back, making them sit in your hand perfectly while being very comfortable to hold. I kinda wish Apple would implement this and use the extra space to throw in a slightly larger battery. Then it is a win-win.

  • therealjjohnson

    “optimized” for one handed use…I dont know if its optimized so to speak, i would say its still small enough to use with one hand. “optimized” just seems like something else to me. EH.

    • Guest

      It’s always “optimized” so to make apple praise worthy. 3.5″ was “optimize” same with 4” and now 4.7”? BS

    • john4lakes

      “optimized” for one handed use…I dont know if its optimized so to speak, i would say its still small enough to use with one hand. “optimized” just seems like something else to me. EH.

  • Alberto Espinal

    What?

  • R4

    Am I the only one who doesnt want a bigger iPhone?

    • DevXav

      Not sure, but I would like to have a bigger screen..
      But look: I said bigger screen, didn’t say anything about the phone itself being so much bigger..

      IMHO, a nice future iPhone would be having ONLY SCREEN in the front, no buttons, no bezels, NOTHING! Only a good and shiny total front screen.

      Oh, and battery life of course. 😀

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        I was pissed when they put touch ID in the home button, because I can’t see apple changing its placement for a long time. I wanted them to go bigger with the screen and remove the home button all together and use something like zephyr in its place.. then the screen could be bigger while keeping the device itself small.

      • Kurt

        Similar here. I wanted a button like on samsungs devices so we can have a shorter device. iPhones look so stretched out and are unnecessarily long. Now it’s a necessity to be long

      • madmaxmedia

        I understand your opinion, but personally I never liked soft or capacitance buttons because they are too easy to accidentally trigger, especially one-handed. With an iPhone, it’s easy to hold and use one-handed without worrying about your fingers or thumb accidentally hitting something. But again, both approaches have pros and cons- it would create more room for the bigger screen which is nice.

    • john4lakes

      Am I the only one who doesnt want a bigger iPhone?

  • Jason B

    He uses it with just the touch panel glass. His thumb probably wouldn’t be able to make it as far across had he had the actual thickness of the phone in his hand. But, regardless, it does look nice, and I’ll take one over my 4S.

    I’m just hoping that that screen is coated with sapphire!

  • Donovan

    Try to swipe from the top-left to the bottom-right. If i can’t do that, it’s to big for me.

    • john4lakes

      Try to swipe from the top-left to the bottom-right. If i can’t do that, it’s to big for me.

  • Dave Walker

    Maybe iOS 8 will have the option to automatically put top-menu items at the bottom on larger devices. Simples!

    • john4lakes

      Maybe iOS 8 will have the option to automatically put top-menu items at the bottom on larger devices. Simples!

      • Dave Walker

        Echo. Echo. Echo.

  • Glorin

    WAIT THE FINAL PRODUCT.. .NOT THE EARLY LEAKS

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      “Early”

  • yader

    Nope. Too big for one hand.

  • Chih-yu Chueh

    I really don’t see the point that so many people are worried about the size of iPhone 6. As an Asian, I feel comfortable with 4.7″ screens. I believe the most westerners would feel the same too since you guys have bigger hands in general.

    • DevXav

      True.

      And hands are not the only bigger things we have as well, she said.

  • im2slick4u

    Upvote if your an MKBHD sub!