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Leaked iPhone 6 logic board shows NFC chip, 16GB of storage [u]

updated 02:30 pm EDT, Fri August 29, 2014

May confirm two important points

[Updated with video showing powered-on device] A new set of photos from Feld & Volk and well-known leak source Sonny Dickson show what appears to be a complete logic board for the iPhone 6. Significantly, the board contains both an NXP-made NFC chip and what's believed to be 16GB of Toshiba flash memory. Plans for NFC are now widely reported, and the photos may back a claim that Apple will retain 16GB as an option.

The A8 processor on the board is thought to be a 2GHz, 20nm chip, which would make it far faster than the 1.3GHz 28nm A7 found in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini. Apple is set to officially announce the iPhone 6 at a press event on September 9.

Update: Feld & Volk has also published a video (below) showing a fully-assembled phone being powered on. It can't get past a "Connect to iTunes" screen, however, since an error message on a connected Mac says that iTunes is unable to reach the iPhone update server due to a missing Internet connection.

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  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-20-01

    I can't help it. I want to say it's great and everything, but I'd be pretty disappointed if the final retail version looks like this. Seems like Jony Ive was on sabbatical for the last year or something like that, because those plastic intersections for the antenna seem so uninspired, so ugly, so amateurish, so... off. That's the kind of design compromise I would expect from others, not from Apple.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Jeronimo: as I have no idea if the widely-seen "iPhone 6" case is in fact the final (or even an authentic Apple) design, I can't comment on the aesthetics, but I do (barely) remember some basic physics. If the antenna is not on the outside of the smartphone, you need an area that is not metal for the radio signals to be received. All iPhones up to the iPhone 4 had internal antennas at at least some plastic or ceramic material on the back to allow for radio signals.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Jeronimo: I felt the same way about the iPhone 4.

    It was different in person. The feel, the heft, and the build quality strongly affect perception IRL.

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