iPhone 4 promo vide (manufacturing process 001)

According to a Chinese source, Apple’s iPhone 6 has now entered the so-called Product Validation Test phase, indicating that mass production is looming around the corner.

Product Validation Test, or PVT, is typically carried out on first engineering prototypes in order to ensure that the basic unit performs to Apple’s exacting design goals and specifications.

Apple along with its favorite contract manufacturer, Taiwan-based Foxconn, is now reportedly producing a very limited run of iPhone 6 units for a final quality control. During this phase, the assembly lines are running at full speed to detect any potential issues that may hinder the assembly process and ensure that quality control standards have been properly implemented ahead of mass production…

Quoting Weibo sources [Google translate], GforGames is reporting Wednesday that the California firm is testing first production units coming out of Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory in China.

The claim is credited to Xiang Ligang, former professor at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and currently the CEO of the Chinese technology publication “CCTIMES” (China Communication Technology Information Management Engine.

At any rate, should any quality issues arise during Product Validation Testing, the production line will be fine-tuned to ensure the systems are properly aligned. It’s a delicate and time sensitive process often prone to unforeseen mistakes and delays.

iPhone 6 concept (Apple Store, Martin Hajek 001)

But Foxconn is the world’s largest builder of products and Apple has seven year’s experience building iPhones on crazy scale so I have no doubt in my mind that the first batch of shiny new iPhone(s) will be ready for the big unveiling on September 9.

Conceptual iPhone 6 rendering courtesy of Martin Hajek.

  • Roozbeh39

    Welcome 🙂 to our hands

  • Manor

    If the iPhone 6 is going to have a protruding camera and those ugly antenna breaks, I will keep my iPhone 5s until the iPhone 7 comes out 🙁

    • Tony

      Was thinking the same thing but I always buy cases. With that being said I won’t even notice the back of the phone. Just get a nice case that compliments your style and pick up the new device. 🙂

      • Manor

        I’m using a case on my iPhone 5s, but the design is one of my favorite part about the iPhone. Also when I’m home I usually take the case off so for me the design of the phone is very important and the iPhone 6, if the leaks are true, doesn’t look so good.

      • Rowan09

        From what I’ve seen the black or space gray looks good but the white, not so much.

      • Jason Baroni

        I do care about the design too, and in home I baby my devices a lot. I think you have a point, because Apple’s thickness obsession is a trade-off once the camera pops off the device. But take a look at the iPod touch 5G, though the camera is not flat compared to the device, the iPod is still beautiful and nice to use. Lets see how it goes.

      • Manor

        I see what you mean. I agree the iPod touch 5G looks really nice but you can’t use it once you put it on a flat surface.

      • Jason Baroni

        That is when your “using a case” philosophy goes in. Still, the saphire display may resolve this issue, we may be able to set the iPhone face down on a flat surface without damaging the screen.

    • This comment is funny because folks said the same about the disproportionate antenna breaks on the iPhone 4, Yet look how popular that turned out to be. Most of us hate the idea of these thick antenna lines and protruding lens but in the end the device as a whole is what we will come to love.

      • Manor

        Personally, from the beginning I really liked the design of the iPhone 4, but if the leaks are true, in my opinion both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5s look better than the iPhone 6,

      • That could be because you did not see the parts leaked before the device was released. Wait until this one comes out, once everything is together then let us know how you feel.

      • Antzboogie

        iPhone 4 looking better than the iPhone 6 lmao I can’t stop laughing.

      • Manor

        I’m only talking about screen size. I’m only talking about the design, and in my opinion the iPhone 4 looks better than these iPhone 6 leaks.

    • DevXav

      Same here, i’ll probably pass this time.
      Don’t want to be a beta tester again, will keep my 5S and wait for the 6S to come out.. Then I’ll grab one.

    • Nazlyn101

      Really? Because of a protruding camera? How petty. And who is to say the iPhone 7 won’t have the protruding camera? Lol anyway instead of whining about how it looks before you can even see/feel it, why not wait until it comes out to see if you’ll actually like it.

      • Manor

        I’m not whining, that’s why I said that if the leaks are true I’m probably not going to buy the iPhone 6. and I really hope the iPhone 7 won’t have a protruding camera.

    • Antzboogie

      Everyone gets so picky over the smallest things wow. Looks fine to me.

  • Gate

    This is great to hear, can’t wait!

    Your posts are a pleasure to read Christian, thanks!

  • :O

    Oh my. Those Gold/White Apple Beats look amazing. Those headphones are too sexy. That’s needs to be reality.

    • Jason Baroni

      Agreed. Before the 5s people complained about the Apple’s champagne-tone, but taking a look at it today, you see that this color is great in every aspect, not being vulgar or even sickening. They went right with this gold tone and it would look perfect combining the gold iPhone with a golden Beats.

  • Mac_Guy

    I believe that protruding camera lens it for attachments. I may be 100% wrong but what other reason would it be there for? Apple is always trying to improve its camera features.

    Apple branded Olloclip 😛

  • Abdul

    Off topic but will there be newely designed headphones with the iphone 6?!

  • Dexter SherloConan

    Can someone please tell me what kind of iPhone queuers buy on first released day? Contract or not?