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Modified Russian accessory vendor Feld & Volk, known for customizing iPhones with luxury parts like solid gold volume buttons, Friday on its Instagram profile published photos it claims show a rear camera with optical image stabilization for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 version, along with an assortment of other claimed components such as the microphone, speaker and the power button with rubber seal.

Jump past the fold, give the images a quick look and join us in comments for an analysis.

The claimed 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear camera can be seen top of post and below. As evidenced by a pair of comparison shots below, the iPhone 6’s iSight module is comparably larger and thinner than its iPhones 5s counterpart.

Virtually each and every one of the camera components that have leaked out thus far points to a protruding lens, something Apple’s only done on the iPod touch but never on the iconic smartphone.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s (back camera, Feld and Volk 001)

Comparison shots of the iPhone 6 camera module (left) vs the iSight rear camera found on the iPhone 5s (right).

According to Feld & Volk in Instagram comments, the camera part appears to support optical image stabilization (OIS), a feature normally found on DSLR cameras that reduces blurring stemming from camera shakiness.

Implemented in the lens itself, OIS stabilizes the image by varying the optical path to the sensor, or by moving the sensor as the final element in the optical path. It’s a very sensitive mechanism: we’re talking microscopic mechanical movements here.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s (back camera, Feld and Volk 002)

It’s unclear whether OIS is exclusive to the 5.5-incher or if both 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models sport this premium photography feature. For what it’s worth, Feld & Volk remarks the claimed component doesn’t fit inside the 4.7-inch rear shell it recently showed off on video. For reference, Samsung’s newly introduced Galaxy Note 4 phablet includes a 16-megapixel back camera with OIS and 4K recording.

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Seen above: the protective mesh for the speaker and microphone holes. Notice how it’s color-matched to the various iPhone 6 color ways.

Right below: the iPhone 6 power button with rubber seal.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s (Power button, Feld and Volk 001)

No iPhone has ever had a rubber seal around the power button, by the way.

I’m not an expert in these things, but wouldn’t the rubber seal hint at a waterproofed iPhone 6? At the very least, that design addition should help increase the handset’s resistance to dust and moisture.

Trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities wrote in a note to clients yesterday that he expected the iPhone 6’s power button to be programmable for integration “with specific applications”.

Though pure speculation on my part, Apple could theoretically provide a section in the Settings app to assign different functions (maybe even app-specific commands) to short and long presses.

For example, long-pressing the power button could invoke a rumored one-handed software mode, or take me straight to the Camera app.

[Feld & Volk on Instagram via MacRumors]

  • Anmol Malhotra

    With iOS 8 jailbreak , soooooo many new activator gestures can be made with programmable power button.. xD
    Can’t wait!

    • Diego Milano

      Indeed nice, however you probably don’t want to overuse a mechanical button to avoid reducing its life span.

      • Antzboogie

        Stop it.

      • Jason Duong

        youshouldntpressthespacebartoavoidreducingitslifespan

      • Capirexz

        ohwowithinkso.

      • Jonathan

        .

        Translation: or don’t type at all to prevent reducing button’s life span.

    • Antzboogie

      Maybe, sounds like Apple taking all the Jailbreak tweaks and acting like their new features lol. At least their trying.

      • Shadowelite123

        well they are technically entitled to them. jailbreaking is a luxury only available in iOS. Honestly not even android is capable of the kind of level and perfection that jailbreak tweaks are made.

    • Guest

      Why would you need to use any buttons on a iPhone, with the touch screen and the sensors, you can avoid button pressing. Only when your screen breaks is when the buttons are useful.

  • Prof

    And no he did not make a typo. OIS is Optical Image Stabilization.

  • August Ebbesen

    I don’t even care anymore, now when the keynote is in 4 days.

  • Eikast

    Dammit Apple! Quit stalling and take my money

  • James Gunaca

    OMG. 9.9.2014 JUST GET HERE ALREADY

    • Screw the 9th. Bring on the day we can hold the phone in our hands!

      • Diego Milano

        True but until then, everything is speculation.

    • Sem

      I KNOW RIGHT? I CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT WHITE PS4 EITHER!!

      • Shadowelite123

        lol

  • Maxim∑

    Maximum hype has been reached

    • Jamessmooth

      My thoughts exactly. Maximum hype reached indeed!

  • Jamessmooth

    The more I hear about the deets the more excited I get. Imagine the jailbreak possibilities!

  • Matt Taylor

    Apple should just employ Ryan Petrich and intigrate basic Activator functionality to iOS!

  • Matt

    Now waterproof? Apple may have literally included everything I ever wanted on an iPhone this year. That’s just incredible

    • Kurt

      Water resistant maybe and hopefully…waterproof? nope

      • Matt

        Well yeah, I meant ip67 rating (water resistant)

  • blastingbigairs

    I can’t wait to ditch my Galaxy S5 and finally have a larger screen iPhone. My dreams have come true!!!!

  • mlee19841

    a couple more days people………………………….

  • n0ahcruz3

    With camera protruding, that thing better have a kick ass camera features.

  • Gary LE

    Wouldn’t the iphone 6 have the same replacement program for the sleep /wake button issue plaguing the 5’s then?

    • Shadowelite123

      no i believe that problem was solved with the 5S

  • felixtaf

    OIS – YES!

    • Kurt

      My number 1 feature I want in my next phone

    • Wesh

      Indeed! I have always been wanting OIS in iOS 🙂
      Ever since Lumia 920 did it, I wanted it in my next iPhone.
      And now it’s here, allegedly.