updated 11:00 pm EDT, Fri August 15, 2014
Report is very questionable, claims product will be called '6L'
Taiwanese Apple blog Apple Daily has published pictures of three components it claims are parts from the oft-discussed but little-seen 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show what are said to be the display, logic board and battery of the device, but at least two of the three parts are identical to the claimed 4.7-inch iPhone, casting doubt on the entire report. The battery, however, may be a genuinely new part, and is said to be nearly double in capacity compared to the current iPhone 5s battery.
The battery part, which is produced by a known Apple supplier called Huizhou Desay, is rated at 2,915mAH, close to double the capacity of the 1,500mAh battery used in the iPhone 5s. This would also be significantly more capacity than the 1,800mAh battery said to be for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and even higher-rated than the 2,200mAh battery used by the 4.7-inch Moto X, reports AppleInsider.
Along with Apple Daily's dubious claim that all three of the parts are from a 5.5-inch iPhone, the sources refer to the variant phablet-sized model as the "iPhone 6L" -- a new name not previously reported, and specifically using a capital letter as Apple has been less likely to do in recent years. The last iPhone model to use a capital-letter differentiator was 2011's iPhone 4S.
AppleInsider points out that the display and logic board are identical to those pictured in reports about the 4.7-inch version of the forthcoming iPhone, including screw bosses and circuit board anchors that are in the same place, alongside identical-length flex cables. In the supplied photo, the hand holding the "5.5-inch" display makes it obvious it is closer to 4.7-inches in size.
Commenters have added that the display, at least, is much more likely to be from the fake Android-based "iPhone 6" clone being sold in China, rather than a genuine Apple part, due to the placement of where the camera and mic would go.
Despite a plethora of alleged parts leaks from the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6, very little evidence of a 5.5-inch version exists -- and what little has appeared has been highly questionable, like this latest report. Photos of the alleged 5.5-inch home button, and sleep/wake assembly with its flex cables and volume controls, were seen in anonymous photos last month, but could easily be sourced from another device, either current or forthcoming.