No, iPhone 6′s embedded Apple logo won’t serve as notification light (bonus: new leaked parts)

By , Aug 11, 2014

iPhone 6 (Apple logos 001)

Several photographs of claimed iPhone 6 parts have led Apple bloggers to frantically speculate that a logo cutout on the rear would allow for a MacBook-style illumination serving as a notification light of sorts for missed calls, important messages and what not.

We even ran a poll asking whether the iPhone 6 should include a lit Apple logo on the rear and more than three out of each four respondents voted ‘yes’.

Time for a reality check. If numerous photographs of supposed iPhone 6 parts that have leaked recently are anything to go by, this doesn’t seem to be the case after all…

First up is the above image showing a handful of Apple logos destined to be fitted on the back panel of the iPhone 6.

Originally published by Taiwanese blog AppleClub [Google translate] and featured by GforGames, there don’t seem to be any LED or connectors visible on the shot that could suggest that the light would shine through the logo cutout.

In addition, the source of this photo has reportedly confirmed that the rear shell won’t emit any kind of light through the logo opening.

Next, we have a bunch of claimed iPhone 6 component photos, including the embedded rear Apple logo, flex cables, Touch ID home button and external camera ring, all reposted by French blog NowhereElse.fr [Google translate].

iPhne 6 (NowhereElse parts 002)

And here’s a claimed Lightning port part.

iPhne 6 (NowhereElse parts 005)

This seems to be the Touch ID home button enclosure.

iPhne 6 (NowhereElse parts 003)

The following photo apparently shows an external camera ring that supports the thesis that the back iSight camera on the iPhone 6 will feature a protruding lens – similar to the iPod touch’s camera – rather than being flush with the housing.

iPhne 6 (NowhereElse parts 001)

Last week, luxury accessory vendor Feld & Volk on its Instagram profile shared photos of the embedded rear Apple logo and other claimed parts, included below.

iPhone 6 (embedded logo, Feld and Volk 001)

The part (via MacRumors) is in an intermediate stage of production so it lacks Apple’s fit and finish.

The logo seems to be made of “very extraordinary” scratch-resistant metal and Feld & Volk speculates it could be a Liquidmetal alloy.

Conveniently, Apple in May renewed its exclusive Liquidmetal deal for consumer products. For reference, only the original iPhone has thus far featured the embedded Apple logo (iPads have them, too).

Pictured below: a purported iPhone 6 back camera with protruding lens.

iPhone 6 (camera ring, Feld and Volk 001)

And last but not least, Feld & Volk shared a closeup of the volume button cutouts.

iPhone 6 (recessed volume, Feld and Volk 001)

Notice how the cutouts have now been recessed slightly, presumably in order to prevent accidental volume changes while allowing for a lower profile along the edges.

What do you guys make of all this?

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  • A’s Network

    A lot of people were saying Scratch proof logo, and others were saying a Lighted logo. I wish it would be lighted, that would be hella cool. But it is nice to see some part leaks right now. I still wish there was a two tone design like the iPhone 5… *sigh*

    • Virus

      Yeah would be cool if it lit up like the xbox logo on the xbox one controller

      • Guest

        I was waiting for this comment to load and this is all you have?

    • ReanimationXP

      The iPhone 5 two-tone looks like garbage. We all hated it upon introduction. Time for it to die.

      • A’s Network

        It looks hella better than some plastic S5.

  • veda99

    Will take anything except the protruding lens :(

    • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

      The exact thing I absolutely didn’t like about the newest iPod touch. I hope its not on both models I’m looking forward to getting the one with out it. Second thought Illl be using a case so it won’t be too bad actually.

      • Jonathan

        The reason why it’s on the iPod Touch, is because the only microphone is next to the camera. So if someone is, say, FaceTiming, and they have the iPod laying on a flat table, the other person may not be able to hear the person talking because the microphone is covered, hence the ring around the camera to lift the corner.

        Now, I don’t believe the iPhone 6 will have it, and I say that because it will have multiple microphones, as all the ancestors have (well, most of them), which is the microphone at the bottom by the speaker.

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        They say it was too thin for a light sensor to control auto brightness, do you believe that also. I can’t think of one person that uses FaceTime with the device flat on any surface. I highly doubt thats why its like that. Most of the time the iDevice is being held during any FaceTiming.

      • Jonathan

        I think it’s because of price cuts. In order to maintain the same price (at the time $299) they had to remove something in order to upgrade it’s components (bigger screen, A5 chip, etc). That’s why I think they pulled it. If I were Tim Cook, and I had to decide what has to go, I would most likely choose the light sensor as well.

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        Get rid of the protruding camera lens and that push loop connecter thing that barely anyone uses. That should save enough to bring it back haha. Im sure it didn’t cut too much cost to have it removed though.

      • Jonathan

        True, but it was new. They had to get rid of something from previous generations. A little confusing, but I do agree with you. I think only once have I ever used it (I’ve had the 5th gen since the release month)

      • BoardDWorld

        These photos are mixed up with parts from the cheap knock off iPhone 6 that you get on Alibaba. The last 2 photos “are” the knock off. The left camera ring “is” a knock off. The others I couldn’t be sure.

  • leart

    To bad, before i become a iphone user I had always nokia, and since than the function I miss the most is a notification light to show that I had a missed call. My old Nokia e72 had a light on equivalent of the iphone home button that pulsed a light when I had a missed call . Yeah if iphone will implement that it would be great.

  • sriram varadarajulu

    the agonising wait for the launch of this thing so that i can know its features and specs… it’s just… agonising!!!

  • Rami Tabaa

    Can someone explain to me the difference between the current Apple Logo and the new embedded one? Thanks in advance :D

    • Thanh

      They are not the same.

      • Rami Tabaa

        Thanks :D

    • rafaelpz

      I would say that the metal logo has something to do with some sort of heart sensor.

      • onesimpleclik

        I don’t think they would add a heart-rate sensor to the phone itself, but if they did, they could use the chassis of the phone on the outside as one contact point & the Apple logo on the back of the phone as the secondary contact point, allowing you to measure your heart rate.

      • http://www.liam-merlyn.co.uk/ ConduciveMammal

        I wouldn’t imagine so. I’d expect a majority of users put a case on their iPhone, doing this would make that form of sensor completely useless

  • Jamessmooth

    Me thinks these pics are the real deal, timing seems right at this point in production stage. If the 5.5″ model is real, we should see parts leaking in a few weeks, if in fact it will be a delayed launch. Fingers crossed!
    I’m sad it doesn’t appear as though the apple logo will light up… would have been a great feature. Protruding lens is fine with me, just about any case will/should be flush with it, so setting it down on a table won’t have that rocking movement some have been suggesting it might. Less than a month!

  • Martynet

    I think that glowing logo is useless. Every time I put my iPhone on the table, the display is facing up. So the glowing logo doesn’t make any sense. If There will ever be some kind of notification light, it should be visible from both sides.
    And for the apple logo I can imagine better use… like stronger antenna for wifi or infrared sensor for camera app or something like that.

    • onesimpleclik

      A stronger WiFi antenna would be welcomed. All models of iPhone have struggled in this department.

  • john diaz

    Nooooooo i’m already disappointed and the iPhone is not even out yet.

  • Brian 

    No way they are doing a protruding lens… So they are making the home buttons more flush along the sides, but are pushing out the camera lens so it protrudes? No way.

  • ImLouis

    So the leak didn’t mention what the material the apple logo is made out of? We know they have done this to provide a window for radio frequency’s but would love to see it light up one day! Also if they camera is extruded out of the back wont the phone lay off center on its back!!!?

  • @dongiuj

    Led would have been nice but not a deal breaker.
    Camera looks baaaaad.

  • AMB_07

    Having the Apple logo light up for notifications would be the stupidest thing ever. Notification lights are meant to be on the front and I actually wish Apple would add one because pretty much every single major phone out there has one now what are they waiting for?

    This kind of light doesn’t take much resources and they can easily blend it in with the design, there’s no excuse…

  • Alex-V

    Did not read the article yet..as I want to go to bed..only wondered about the 6s ..means this could be a option only in 6s or what……Kind regards

  • Warren L Shafor

    Hm… I wonder if someone will make a mod to make it LED backlit