Two days ago, French blog NowhereElse.fr passed along a batch of photos of an alleged iPhone 6 dummy unit that appear consistent with earlier mockups, photos of supposed cases, molds, front panel parts, schematic drawings and more.
“Evidence” – and I use the term loosely – seems to point to an ultra-thin device with a slim 6mm body with various physical changes such as a relocated sleep/wake button, redesigned volume buttons and so forth.
Give the video included after a break a watch and join us in the comment section…
The video below was first shared on the Chinese technology blog 86Digi and reposted by Steve Hemmerstoffer of NowhereElse.fr [Google translate]. It’s said to depict a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 variant with a thin 6mm profile, as evidenced before.
The biggest takeaway: a pair of antenna cut outs on the back.
According to a source, this is because Apple has adopted a three-stage aluminum design for the iPhone 6’s back, corroborating a recent Macotakara report indicating that the company is in fact getting rid of the current glass antenna windows found on the iPhone 5/5s.
Other things shown off in the clip seem to match up with previous reports. For example, the sleep/wake button has been relocated to the top right side, presumably to enable users to wake up the device easily while holding the phone in a hand.
The volume buttons on the left side are now rectangular rather than circular, matching up with a photo that was posting on the MacRumors forum on Monday.
Note that the model shown in the video has a circular LED flash on the rear rather than a pill-shaped design on the iPhone 5s, prompting speculation that Apple may have found a way to build dual-LED flash as a single component.
Also, the back camera module is flush with the chassis, versus the purported production images that have pointed to a camera bulge on the back.
The iPhone 6 is said to come in two sizes: a 4.7-inch variant that could have the same 640-by-1,136 pixel resolution as the iPhone 5s so all existing apps could run out-of-the-box and a 5.5-inch phablet with a full HD resolution of 1,920-by-1,080 pixels – or higher.
The phones are expected to be powered by Apple’s in-house designed A8 chip and include an eight-megapixel camera on the back with a wider f/1.8 aperture and software-based image stabilization, in addition to the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a slimmer chassis and more.
The larger iPhone 6 was apparently pushed back into 2015 because Apple’s battery cell suppliers LG Chemical and Samsung are apparently having issues producing thin battery components measuring 2mm or less.
Again, the video shows a dummy iPhone 6 unit that spread across the blogosphere two days ago. It actually looks like a 3D printed model and should not be confused for a genuine Apple part so take it with a pinch of salt.
That said, what do you think?