iPhone 6 rear shell (5.5 inch, NowhereElse 001)

French publication NowhereElse.fr today published a purported video which seemingly shows off an alleged rear shell thought to be for the bigger iPhone 6 model, giving fans a good look at how the rumored 5.5-inch handset might feel in one’s hand.

The publication adds that the bigger iPhone has inherited the ‘Air’ moniker, first used in respect to iOS devices with the release of the iPad Air.

The iPhone maker is expected to announce the iPhone 6 alongside a wearable device at a media event scheduled for Tuesday, September 9, at Cupertino’s Flint Center for the Performing Arts.

Here, check out the video.

Like a flurry of leaked components of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, this alleged rear shell exhibits the same design features spotted on the 4.7-incher.

Specifically, these includes a rounder all-metal appearance, the elongated volume buttons, a cutout for the Apple logo, a circular hole for a redesigned True Tone flash and, of course, the famous antenna breaks across the top and bottom.

According a Google Translate version of the report filed by NowhereElse.fr editor Steve Hemmerstoffer, the 5.5-inch handset should be marketed under the ‘iPhone Air’ moniker.

This would fall in line with Apple’s iPad naming scheme, where the full-size edition of the tablet goes under the iPad Air moniker, as opposed to its smaller 7.9-inch counterpart, the iPad mini.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is rumored to be entering production in September.

The rumor-mill speculates that even though Apple will show off both 4.7 and 5.5-inch versions of the handset, only the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will go on sale later in September, with the larger model ostensibly scheduled to arrive later in the year.

[NowhereElse.fr]