iPhone 6 concept (gold, Martin Hajek 001)

As the iPhone 6 enters the Product Validation Testing stage, typically a final step before full blown mass production ahead of the big reveal on September 9, news comes that regulators in Thailand have now approved two distinctly new iPhone models for use in the country.

One of the approved devices carries a model number of ‘A1524’. The other is labeled as ‘A1586’.

Apple is of course expected to release two new iPhone 6 models come this Fall, one with a 4.7-inch display and the other featuring a phablet-class screen measuring 5.5 inches diagonally…

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission approved two new iPhone devices for use on that country’s wireless networks, according to a local write-up by Manager Online [Google Translate].

After filing the import application on August 5, the agency on August 8 certified the iPhones with model numbers A1586 and A1524 and issued a written approval notice.

The heavily redacted document does not reveal anything interesting in terms of the rumored iPhone 6 features. Note that the veracity of this story has been corroborated by the agency’s Secretary General, Takorn Tantasith, in a tweet this morning.

iPhone 6 concept (Apple Store, Martin Hajek 002)

It’s a little odd that Thailand, of all countries, would certify unreleased Apple hardware.

Given the iPhone 5s launched in Thailand on October 25, 2013 following its September debut in the United States, such an early certification in the 67 million people country could be the strongest indiction yet that Tim Cook & Co. are indeed planning a massive launch this Fall, as several analysts have suspected.

Another fairly distant possibility: the A1524 and A1586 devices could be revised versions of the existing iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, featuring updated wireless and cellular networking chips. Along similar lines, the A1524/A1586 model numbers could refer to two cellular versions of a single iPhone 6 device.

If the most recent component leaks are an indication, the upcoming devices should feature a circular True Tone dual-LED flash and an iSight camera lens which protrudes from the back rather than being flush with the device.

iPhone 6 concept (Apple Store, Martin Hajek 001)

Both 4.7 and 5.5-inch models should be announced at a media event reportedly scheduled for September 9. Among the rumored improvements: a thinner, metal-clad Unibody enclosure, an Apple-designed A8 chip clocked at 2GHz per core, a Sony-made 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, three new sensors and more.

Conflicting rumors make it unclear whether both devices would launch simultaneously or if the bigger 5.5-inch handset has in fact been delayed and thereby would hit store shelves around Christmas.

Gold iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 in the Apple Store concepts by Martin Hajek.

  • Snailpo

    Those headphones are so sick

    • Sachin

      Only $599.99 haha

  • Victor

    dang nice mockup ideas

  • Merman123

    I was kind of wrapping my head around the idea of only one iPhone. So it’s two after all? Dammit.

    • Stefano


  • Abdul

    Wow. Sexy!

  • Jonathan

    It’s official, I can’t wait now.

  • Tom

    No sd card still sucks

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Yeah, I think Apple can get it right without making it risky and convoluted. But at this point maybe they are scared of fandroids making fun of it everywhere :/

  • Brian May

    Really want one of those iPad/IPhone docks that they have in store

  • J. Rockwell

    That 5.5 inch iPhone is not only going to be Apple’s flagship phone. It is going to THEE flagship phone…….1 phone to rule them all.

    • Annie Leonhart

      4.7in will greatly outsell the 5.5in model.

      • J. Rockwell

        The Toyota Corolla outsells the Bentley Continental GT too. Doesn’t mean much.

      • Annie Leonhart

        I’m not sure you realize how big 5.5 is. Even if they were the same price, the 4.7 will outsell the 5.5.

        5.5 does not fit in your pocket.
        OnePlus One owner here.

      • J. Rockwell

        I’m confused with your rhetoric. You do know what flagship means right? If not you should look it up in the dictionary, and Wikipedia. The iPhone 6 5.5″ will be there flagship phone. Just as I stated in the first comment. Lmao

      • Annie Leonhart

        You’re an idiot. I am only referring to iPhone 6 4.7in vs iPhone 6 5.5in… wherever you are going with this conversation.. I have no idea.

        Please clear your mind… think of only the iPhone 6 4.7in and the iPhone 6 5.5in… Then get back to what I was saying…

        The iPhone 6 4.7in WILL outsell the iPhone 6 5.5in…

        Then you started rambling on about price… and I stated… price doesn’t matter.. then you start talking about flagships? WTH? You went completely off topic… please focus for just a slight second and re-read the comments… what a moron.

  • Dexter SherloConan

    Can someone please tell me what kind of iPhone that queuers buy on the launch day? Contract or unlocked? Thanks.

  • Dan Thompson

    Given the current Military Rule in Thailand and a lot of government agencies are taking a lot longer to process things, it was prudent to request the approval at this early stage. I don’t think anyone expected it to be approved that fast. This could also hint at a single combined launch date – which would be nice or a change and mean that those of us in Thailand do NOT have to wait until Xmas to get the new iPhone

  • Looks like my next upgrade might not be the 6 (or whatever it’s gonna be called) after all. I mean, it looks pretty nice, but 1) the protruding camera lens is a turn off, and 2) still no SD card slot, meaning Apple is again continuing to force consumers to “choose wisely” when they buy an Apple device. Hmm.