updated 03:49 am EDT, Fri July 11, 2014
Adds to pile of unsubstantiated claims about next iPhone
Following a flurry of claims -- most of them from dubious Far East sources -- about enormous advance orders for the iPhone 6 or "localized haptic feedback" or robots building the iPhone and endless parts leaks (or could some of them be 3D printer fabrications?), a new photo has emerged purporting to show the LCD and home button bracket for the forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The photo comes from a Taiwanese enthusiast site.
As has been the case before, the bracket doesn't quite match some of the recent "leaked" iPhone 6 frames, and could even be from the similarly-sized and equally-forthcoming Amazon Fire Phone (note the camera-sized holes in all four corners, and it also appears to be less rounder and thicker than would be expected). This is not to say that is certain to be fake, just that like most other "leaks," it is impossible to verify it as genuine.
Most of the parts leaks so far paint a picture of the iPhone 6 as significantly thinner and featuring "softer" chambfered sides and more rounded edges than the current design. Earlier rumors about the phone's features have included using sapphire glass instead of Gorilla Glass, sporting a new A8 processor (deemed very likely if not downright obvious), using more RAM and sporting a lighter battery that would offer similar performance to the current model.
A recent video showing the alleged front panel from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (which doesn't appear to add any length to the phone, contrary to other rumors) points out that a 4.7-inch screen will make it more difficult to operate the iPhone with one hand. Another photo leak showed alleged front panels for the black and white 4.7-inch iPhones, without mentioning anything about the glass used -- whereas another video claimed to show how torture-proof the supposed all-sapphire glass front of the next iPhone is.