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According to the rumor-mill, Apple’s suppliers have recently begun volume production of key components for the upcoming iPhones, such as an Apple-designed ‘A9’ processor and chassis. These parts will be soon, or already are, all over the place in Asia so little wonder we’re now starting to see first component leaks.

The leakage kicked off with a claimed rear housing which has seemingly confirmed minuscule changes to the interior and a stronger body. The leaks now continue with a photo of a rumored front panel of the ‘iPhone 6s,’ published Thursday by French blog NowhereElse.fr.

What you see here is allegedly the front panel of the next-generation iPhone refresh. As you can see for yourself, it looks virtually the same as the present-generation iPhone 6’s front panel.

This is hardly surprising.

Apple typically keeps the iPhone’s design intact over two generations before making noticeable changes to the phone’s look and feel. Last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus refreshes have brought us a rounder, much sleeker design.

Given it’s now an iPhone “S” year, we don’t really anticipate significant changes to the current design until an ‘iPhone 7’ comes along some time in 2016.

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According to the site’s source, these panels are currently in production at a supplier factory. The source even provided photos depicting a worker whose face is blurred to protect his identity. The worker appears to be packing parts for shipment.

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The front plates should be delivered to Foxconn and Pegatron, the companies Apple typically commissions to assemble iPhones.

The French publication claims to have received images of the front panel from a trusted source, who has confirmed that white panels are for white and gold iPhone 6s devices (shocker). However, he couldn’t tell if the new iPhones will have pressure-sensitive screen, as previously rumored.

Sadly, it’s impossible to make an educated guess based on these shots as to whether or not the leaked part has Force Touch sensors, let alone if the screen has a sapphire coating or the traditional Gorilla Glass.

NowhereElse.fr has emerged as a reliable source of production parts for upcoming Apple gadgets and this particular leak looks as real as these things get.

Source: NowhereElse.fr (Google Translate)

  • GuyWithTheThings

    What a surprise! It looks like the 6.

    • avd98

      Every “S” version is the same as the last one. Only differences are in the specs and camera most of the time…

      • anustart

        Yeah exactly. That’s why I don’t understand why this article is a thing.

      • rockdude094

        We know. Just getting tired of this trend

      • There is always a subtle difference on the outside. Not sure what it’ll be this time around. Personally I was looking forward to them removing the lens but meh..

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    So it’s not sapphire?

    • Shadowelite123

      No one knows

      • Bass Head

        force touch?

      • Shadowelite123

        Well its hard to make out from these pictures. Hopefully there is force touch. Rumors did say that it was very likely.

      • Manuel Molina

        I believe so. I feel that the S model will have to have something as a selling point. An upgrade to the camera as iOS 9 just won’t do it, so force touch and made upgrades to Touch ID will probably be the sellers for September/October

    • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

      From my point of view a sapphire screen is not necessary. It has drawbacks, and I would install a tempered glass screen on it anyway LOL.
      I’m on 5s now and I expect at least a great improvement in rear camera and something really attractive, like a force touch display, to buy the new iPhone.

      • Anonomous.TECH.man

        I agree I always install a glass screen protector and sapphire is more brittle and reduces screen brightness. If they haven’t it will be good, if not I won’t be upset.

      • DevXav

        I also own an iphone 5s and i can tell you the design upgrade always come with the new number, along with some other small tweaks..

        The consistent hardware/camera/processor upgrade comes along with the S version, so you should expect significant camera improvements in this next one.

        I made the mistake of buying iPhone 4, then i saw myself forced to upgrade to the 4S, which i did..
        Ever since then i’ve been skipping the “non-S” upgrades..
        I will go from 5S 64gb to 6S Plus 128gb (or even 256gb if its available) directly.

  • Manuel Molina

    …And then I told T-Mobile “nah, I don’t think I’ll be upgrading this year, continue to charge me for the 6 Plus, please.” iOS 9 is super boring, the 6S upgrades will be in the 7th if not more so with a harder hitting iOS software. And not to mention, getting a new phone means waiting for a jailbreak, despite iOS 8 seeing one so soon when the 6 and plus hit stores.

  • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

    So what about the rumor of the front facing flasher?

    • Rowan09

      Why would anyone want light shining in their eyes?

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        Since taking SELFIES has become a thing..
        Some people might want to take selfies at dark..
        Since front facing cam on present devices lack a flasher photos look dark.. And they’re forced to use the rear cam and shoot blindly..

        I myself is not a selfie fan.. But apparently now majority of photos taken are selfies.. So yeah..

      • Rowan09

        I understand but why would anyone want selfies with their eyes close in every shot?

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        Umm.. Well.. We take pictures with the rear cam with the flasher.. Ocationally there’s a closed eye.. But not always..
        So.. For them (Selfie fans) that might not be problem..
        I mean it’s better than a grainy dark pic that they need to increase the brightness causing more noise and stuff..

  • Guy

    Expecting same battery life but hoping for 2gb of ram for 6 and 6 plus

  • Dante Arellano

    Nah i spend $1000 on my iphone 6 plus what should spend another 1k for almost thd same thing?

    • 9to5Slavery

      If you have money if you don’t don’t complain like a second class non iPhone consumer

  • B.A.M.F.

    well that was a waste of an article….