Photos show possible rear shell for 5.5-inch iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

New photos have surfaced this afternoon, of what is said to be the rear shell of the 5.5-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6 (referred to as the iPhone 6L by some). The part is positioned next to the shell of its 4.7-inch counterpart, giving us an idea of scale.

While component leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 have been plentiful, leaks for the larger 5.5-inch model have been fairly scarce So, if they’re legit, these photos could be placed in just a small stack of evidence we’ve seen thus far that a 5.5-inch iPhone exists… Read More

 

New photos show partially assembled iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2014

Some new photos surfaced this afternoon, showing what is believed to be a partially assembled iPhone 6. We’ve seen shots of standalone parts, like the front panel and rear shell, but this is the first time we’ve seen what they look like put together.

Assuming the parts are legitimate, these photos give us the best look we’ve seen thus far of Apple’s latest flagship smartphone. The iPhone 6 is much thinner than its predecessor, with rounded corners, and various aspects of it have been redesigned… Read More

 

More evidence that iPhone 6 and new iPads may ship with fully reversible Lightning cable

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2014

This past Friday, a pair of images appeared ostensibly showing off an upcoming Lightning cable variant featuring a reversible connector on the USB side.

Now additional and fairly credible-looking shots have surfaced, supporting the thesis that the new Lightning cable will feature a brand new, smaller and fully reversible USB 3.1 Type-C connector.

More importantly, the latest batch of images for the first time depict a bunch of Lightning to USB cables in their retail boxes, serving as the strongest indication yet that the upcoming new iPhones and iPads will most likely ship with the new cable. One publication was even able to verify that iTunes recognized the cable as an officially sanctioned product… Read More

 

New photos claim to show 5.5-inch iPhone 6 display, logic board and battery

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2014

Some new photos popped up online this evening, showing what are said to be components for the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6. The claim is significant, as unlike the 4.7-inch model, we’ve seen just a handful of parts belonging to the larger handset.

Among the parts are a display panel, logic board, and perhaps more interesting, a battery. The battery runs at 4.35 volts, and has a capacity of 2,915 mAH. If legit, this would put the 5.5-inch iPhone ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in terms of battery size… Read More

 

Fully reversible Lightning cable leaks in new photo

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2014

The USB Promoter Group in December of last year formally announced [press release] a brand new USB 3.1 Type-C specification.

We’ve gotten pretty excited by this development as the updated standard calls for much smaller, twice as fast cables with reversible connectors that can be inserted with either side facing up, much like Apple’s own Lightning I/O.

We then heard these new cables and connectors would be arriving this summer. Sure enough, on Tuesday the group said USB Type-C connectors are now ready for production and available to PC and mobile device makers.

Coincidentally or not, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 and new iPads may ship with an enhanced Lightning cable featuring a reversible connector on the USB side, according to a Chinese outlet which provided photos of the new cable… Read More

 

Assembled iPhone 6 logic board apparently leaks, but crucial component obfuscated

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

In late-July, a claimed iPhone 6 circuit board leaked on the web. As it lacked the actual chips (it only showed the pin layout), it left watchers guessing as to whether the handset might include much-rumored NFC capability for a rumored Apple-branded mobile payment service.

Today, a photo purportedly showing a fully assembled logic board of the iPhone 6 has surfaced. Published by a Taiwanese blog, it reveals several semiconductor components such as a Toshiba flash chip and a Wi-Fi module… Read More

 

New close-up photos show iPhone 6 front panel, power button and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2014

As production for the iPhone 6 begins to ramp up ahead of next month’s unveiling, we’re starting to see more and more part leaks for the highly anticipated handset. We’ve seen several over the last few days, and this afternoon, new photos of alleged components surfaced.

This latest batch gives us a close-up look at what is said to be the front panel and display assembly for the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6, with its very clearly tapered edges. The photos also show the new Power button, which is expected to be relocated, and its Mute Switch… Read More

 

iPhone 6 has round True Tone flash, leaked part indicates

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2014

Virtually every major leak pertaining to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 has depicted a round flash hole on the back rather than the pill-shaped opening seen on the iPhone 5s.

In turn, several watchers have speculated that Apple may have abandoned True Tone flash altogether and switched back to the inferior single LED flash design.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

True Tone flash is part of the iPhone 5s’s improved camera performance. Can anyone in their right mind say that Apple engineers would be willing to forgo dual-LED flash design and therefore sacrifice better highlights and more natural-looking skin tones?

I consistently argued Apple must have instead found a way to engineer a round dual-LED flash. Indeed. Lo and behold, among a plethora of purported part leaks published earlier this morning by a French blog is a component featuring both white and amber LED lights packaged together in a round-shaped part… Read More

 

Claimed photos showing fully assembled iPhone 6 faceplate surface

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2014

A Taiwanese blog has posted a series of images that allegedly picture fully assembled black and white faceplate options for a rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 variant.

The images offer perhaps the best depiction of the upcoming Apple handset thus far. The fully assembled 4.7-inch panel is shown off along with flex cables, mounting structures and cover glass.

As a quick reminder, the iPhone 6 should be unveiled alongside its bigger 5.5-inch counterpart at a media event on September 9.

Earlier this morning, we published a treasure trove of leaked part images that seemingly hint at the embedded Apple logo on the back, a protruding iPod touch-style rear camera and the slightly recessed volume button cutouts along the edges… Read More

 

No, iPhone 6′s embedded Apple logo won’t serve as notification light (bonus: new leaked parts)

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2014

Several photographs of claimed iPhone 6 parts have led Apple bloggers to frantically speculate that a logo cutout on the rear would allow for a MacBook-style illumination serving as a notification light of sorts for missed calls, important messages and what not.

We even ran a poll asking whether the iPhone 6 should include a lit Apple logo on the rear and more than three out of each four respondents voted ‘yes’.

Time for a reality check. If numerous photographs of supposed iPhone 6 parts that have leaked recently are anything to go by, this doesn’t seem to be the case after all… Read More

 

This iPhone 6 concept may be the best yet

By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2014

With the iPhone 6 expected to get one of its largest redesigns ever, designers have spent the last year creating concepts of what they believe the handset will look like. Some of them would probably be better suited for a science fiction novel, but others have looked fairly plausible.

This latest concept from well-known designer Martin Hajek may be one of the most realistic we’ve ever seen. Based on leaked parts, physical mockups and rumors from multiple tech outlets, Hajek has laid out his vision for the iPhone 6 right down to the circuits on the logic board… Read More

 

New photos show alleged iPad Air 2 shell

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2014

Some new photos popped up on China’s Sina Weibo microblogging site this weekend of what is claimed to be the rear shell of a second-gen iPad Air. Posted by accessory maker Yi Lin Enterprises, the photos could shed some light on what Apple’s upcoming tablet looks like.

For the most part, the component matches up with the one found on the current iPad Air, but there are a few differences. For starters, the speaker grille now features one row of large holes instead of two rows of tiny holes, and it looks like the rear mic has been relocated… Read More

 

Photos of alleged Home button parts for both iPhone 6 models surface

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2014

A new set of photos depicting alleged Home button components for the iPhone 6 surfaced this morning, courtesy of our friends over at Nowhereelse.fr. While we have seen parts like these before, these are particularly interesting for a couple of reasons.

The first is that they supposedly belong to both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models, which is significant because we’ve seen far less supply chain evidence of the latter, as it’s been rumored to be delayed. And the second is that they feature all-new designs… Read More

 

Claimed circuit board hints at NFC-enabled iPhone 6 – again!

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 26, 2014

Combing through our archive of posts mentioning “iPhone” and “NFC” is all it takes to realize that talk of Apple allegedly adopting NFC is intensifying, not dying down. In fact, rumors calling for NFC-enabled iPhones date as far back as 2011!

Thus far, however, the iconic smartphone has not picked up support for NFC technology, which is an acronym for Near Field Communication. On the other hand, Apple has numerous NFC-related patents.

Additionally, it doesn’t really hurt to mention that a growing number of high-end Android handsets include NFC as part of their standard feature set. Well, today a claimed image has surfaced apparently picturing an iPhone 6 printed circuit board with what appears to be an embedded NFC chip… Read More

 

Could this be iPhone 6′s improved, more durable Touch ID sensor?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Purported iPhone 6 parts continue leaking out ahead of the handset’s assumed September unveiling. We were recently treated to a stress, bending and scratch test videos of a piece of a purported sapphire-coated iPhone 6 cover glass.

And earlier this summer, alleged leaks revealed a claimed front LCD frame, an alleged rear shell and a SIM card tray, while questionable mockups piqued everyone’s interest. It’s now time to turn our attention to Apple’s next-generation Touch ID.

As you know, the sophisticated fingerprint scanner debuted as an iPhone 5s exclusive last September. Touch ID is expected to expand to new iPhone and iPad models this year and TSMC is said to be already building a more durable variant of Touch ID.

New images that surfaced Wednesday promise to offer a glimpse of what an improved, slightly revamped Touch ID for the iPhone 6 looks like… Read More

 

New photo shows alleged iPhone 6 front LCD frame

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2014

Continuing on with the barrage of iPhone 6 part leaks we’ve seen over the past few weeks, Apple.club.tw today shares a new photo of what is believed to be the front LCD frame of the handset. It looks to be complete with metal shielding, and Home button bracket.

In a complete iPhone, this component would sit in between the front panel and the rear shell, both of which we’ve seen in other leaks.   It also contains the all-important LCD panel, and helps sandwich in the battery, logic board, and various other internal pieces… Read More

 

New photos and video show alleged rear shell of 4.7-inch iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2014

Several new hi-res photos, and a video, surfaced this morning of what is said to be an actual rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The part looks similar to previous leaks, with a cutout Apple logo and thick antenna breaks at the top and bottom.

The photos come from Feld & Volk, a Moscow-based company that sells modified versions of the iPhone. The firm says it came across the shell thanks to its relationship with Apple suppliers, which enables it to get a head start on modifying… Read More

 

Leaked SIM card tray indicates iPhone 6 will be available in Space Grey, Silver and Gold

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

If a claimed iPhone 6 SIM card tray is anything to go by, Apple’s upcoming handset(s) will be offered in Space Grey, Silver and Gold finishes, just like the current iPhone 5s lineup. Sources on Tuesday posted new images that seemingly depict claimed iPhone 6 SIM card trays in three color options as well as purported power and volume flex cables.

For what it’s worth, the layout of the power/volume flex cables matches up nicely with previous reports and leaks suggesting the sleep/wake button will be relocated to the side in order to make it easier to wake a 4.7 and 5.5-inch handset from sleep with one hand… Read More

 

Scratch test video shows durability of alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire cover

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

Hot on the heels of this morning’s bend stress test video of an alleged iPhone 6 sapphire cover, comes a clip of a scratch test further showing the part’s durability. YouTuber Marques Brownlee has gotten his hands on an alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 cover and put it through its paces.

In the video, Brownlee tries to snap the sapphire cover in half by bending it, but is unable to do so. He also takes a set of keys and even a large folding knife to the component in an effort to scratch the display cover, but again he is unsuccessful. We’ve posted the full video below… Read More

 

Video: limited bending stress test of iPhone 6′s claimed sapphire cover

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

Our favorite parts leaker, Australia-born Sonny Dickson, is back at it again with a new video that seems to offer a look at an alleged sapphire-strengthened cover glass, presumably for Apple’s next iPhone.

As you know, all iPhones models incorporate Gorilla Glass designed and produced by U.S.-based company Corning.

That being said, pundits have been calling for a sapphire iPhone ever since Apple earlier in the year confirmed prepaying over half a billion dollars to GT Advanced to secure multi-year supply of sapphire glass on an exclusive basis.

For those unfamiliar with sapphire, Wikipedia is your friend. In a nutshell, the precious gemstone’s hardness is second only to diamond, making it a no-brainer for the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6… Read More

 
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