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.
Bands may be colored to better blend in
Photos obtained by French site Nowhereelse show what may be a finished rear shell for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Unlike ones in previous leaks, the new shell -- all silver -- appears to have had the bands between sections colored in to better match their surroundings. Similar touches could be applied to the gold and space gray versions of the phone.
Evidence mounting that NFC may happen
Apple is indeed planning to incorporate NFC into the iPhone 6, using chips from Dutch firm NXP Semiconductor, say sources for the Financial Times. The technology is mainly expected to be used for mobile payments and ticketing, but might enable functions in an "Internet of things" (home automation) context. Both Apple and NXP have refused to comment on the matter.
Purpose so far unknown
A "massive structure" is being constructed on the campus of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, the site of Apple's September 9 press event, witnesses say. The structure is encased in a white barricade, and appears to be about three stories tall. "Scads" of security staff are reportedly protecting it, and administrators will only say that they "are not at liberty to discuss that [structure] due to client wishes."
Expected to feature iPhone 6, iWatch
(Updated with Bloomberg claims of iWatch debut) As anticipated, Apple has formally announced a September 9 press event. Unlike past fall events, however, this one will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, rather than the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. It will begin at 10AM Pacific time, or 1PM Eastern.
Details of platform still under wraps
The next-generation iPhone should include NFC-based mobile payment technology, sources tell Wired. The magazine doesn't go into specifics, except to claim that the mobile payment system will be "one of the hallmark features of the device when it's unveiled on September 9." A past report from The Information suggested that there might be a "secure element" in the new iPhone that would safeguard financial information, presumably a reference to allowing Touch ID to verify NFC purchases using the secure enclave.
Device should also have larger internal speaker
New photos from French site Nowhereelse indicate that the iPhone 6 will again come in silver, gold, and "space gray" tone. SIM trays and Touch ID sensors all show the same range of colors used for the iPhone 5s. The trays may also be somewhat curved, presumably to fit the rounded edges on the iPhone 6's chassis.
Source's track record may back guide's authenticity
French site Nowhereelse has published a photo of what it claims is the Quick Start guide for the iPhone 6. If authentic, the guide shows the layout of the device, including a sleep/wake button relocated from the top to the side, presumably because of the phone's larger size. The date on the phone is also set to "Tuesday, September 9," when Apple is generally expected to announce new iPhones. Past Quick Start guides have also used announcement dates.
Costs are up 18.5 percent year-over-year, signaling additional products
An analyst with RBC Capital Markets has told investors that a strong increase in Apple's manufacturing costs means that the company is gearing up for more than just refreshes of existing products. Amit Daryanani has noted that Apple's component and manufacturing costs are up 18.5 percent despite generally-falling component prices, suggesting both Apple's raised expectations about the success of the iPhone 6 (which may or may not comprised two new models) and the alleged "iWatch."
Company excluded since iPhone 5
Samsung has been brought back into the iPhone DRAM supply chain for the iPhone 6, says Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri. The company was shut out of DRAM for the iPhone 5 and 5s, presumably because of Apple's desire to distance itself from its main competitor and legal antagonist. For the iPhone 6, Samsung is reportedly being joined by Micron and Elpida.
'Phosphorus' chip could track many different health stats
In the run-up to an official announcement in September, several new leaks have emerged concerning the iPhone 6. Among these is another schematic from Chinese repair firm GeekBar, said to show the device's motion coprocessor -- codenamed "Phosphorus," but which may be called the M8. The M7 on the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini enabled more precise motion tracking.
Reports, if accurate, shed light on earlier reports of thin device
A French Apple enthusiast site has published some photos from a screen, alleging that they come from Foxconn, detailing construction details and dimensions of Apple's new iPhone line. The screenshots, dating in some cases back to February, confirm the raised camera lens detail demonstrated in leaks a few days ago.
Might discount claims of 16GB being dropped
Another new schematics leak from Chinese repair firm GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 6 may come in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. Modules from suppliers Toshiba and Hynix are listed, notably excluding 32GB. If the schematics are indeed representative of planned iPhone models, it may hint that Apple is doing a significant shakeup of its usual 16/32/64GB tiers.
Rare part for 'phablet' iPhone emerges, but could be intended for knockoff
New photos allegedly from "deep within Apple's supply chain" have revealed what could be the backplate for the little-leaked 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show the chassis of the larger "phablet" device next to the same part from the 4.7-inch version, suggesting that the models will be similar apart from sizing. It should be noted that these images could well be from Chinese knock-off devices based on rumored specs, such as the Android-based Goophone.
Three main candidates exist so far
A "plist" preference file in the past two Xcode 6 beta SDKs may point at possible resolutions for the iPhone 6. Specifically, the file is connected to the iOS 8 homescreen, and refers to a 16:9 resolution of 414x736. Because the iPhone SDK handles hardware resolutions through point values, actual Retina resolutions should be two to three times greater. That suggests that 828x1472 and 1242x2208 are possibilities, both of which would have enough pixel density on 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens to maintain Retina status.
Wins out over Samsung, Sharp, Japan Display
Apple has picked LG Display as its primary supplier of display panels for the iPhone 6, according to supply chain sources cited by Chinese site Feng.com. The firm is said to have beat out Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display for the bulk of orders. Otherwise, however, it's not specified what the balance will be. The implication is also that Sharp is indeed in the supply chain, despite a May report claiming it had been dropped in favor of Innolux due to quality control problems.
Would only be half of standard's maximum
Continuing a series of rumors, Chinese repair firm GeekBar is claiming that the iPhone 6 will also use a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which supports LTE-A, but only up to 150Mbps. That would be an improvement over the 100Mbps limit in the iPhone 5s, but only half the full potential of LTE-A, which is 300Mbps. Carriers across the world are only just beginning to deploy LTE-A-compatible networks, so Apple may not be worried about maximizing speeds within the expected life-cycle of the iPhone 6.
Prediction makes assumptions on launch availability, but based on supplier data
Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital Markets, who currently forecasts sales of 56 million iPhones in the December quarter, has told investors that depending on availability and features, the next generation of iPhones could sell as many as 75 million units in the final quarter of the year, which would be an all-time record for any manufacturer, even Apple itself. By comparison, last year Apple ordered 60 million units ahead of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c debut.
Gazelle offers locked price for selling iPhone before new release
Gazelle, a company which focuses on buying used phones, has announced a limited offer on locking-in the current selling value of an iPhone. Until September 9, Gazelle will give customers who wish to sell their current iPhone a locked price value, allowing the sellers until October 10 to send the device in. The purpose of this promotion is to maintain the same price value for a phone to be traded in, even after the anticipated release of the iPhone 6, which will inevitably decrease the value of iPhones currently owned. Once Gazelle receives a traded-in device, it is inspected to verify the claimed condition, and a payment is then sent within one week. Gazelle accepts smartphones from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and other major cell phone carriers, in addition to Apple products.
Specs would put device behind current competition
[Updated with clarity on RAM issue, NFC chip] Schematics leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar may suggest that the iPhone 6 could ship with as little as only 1GB of RAM, the same amount used in the iPhone 5 and 5s. If accurate, that figure would leave the device behind current high-end Android and Windows Phone devices, which typically have 2GB. Although Apple is known to optimize its hardware and software, this could mean that the iPhone 6 will have to halt background tasks and refresh browser tabs as much or more than the 5s, since it will have a higher-resolution 4.7-inch display. The schematics may, however, be referring to NAND flash memory (the "temporary storage" on the device), rather than DRAM.
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.
Images show alleged completed iPhone 6 with protruding rear camera lens
An assembled version of the iPhone 6 has allegedly leaked from the factory, new photographs reveal. The complete device, shown with the same back cover and marginally-protruding rear camera lens as an earlier leak, is said by sources of celebrity gossip site TMZ to be "noticeably lighter" and has a new yet unknown sensor mounted to the front of the device.
Effort dependent on getting enough sapphire in time
Apple is "considering" using sapphire screens for more expensive models of the new iPhones it's planning to ship this fall, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The prospect is said to be dependent on whether or not it can get enough sapphire. Numerous earlier reports have gone back and forth about whether Apple will use the material, which is costly in large part because it's in short supply.
Key components hidden under shielding
A photo obtained by a Taiwanese news site is said to show a fully-assembly logic board for the iPhone 6. Some visible components include the SIM slot, Toshiba flash memory, and what may be a Wi-Fi module at the base. Other important components however, like the processor, are concealed by electromagnetic shielding.
Company claims confidential information was published
Apple has already met with officials from Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to complain about the announcement of the iPhone 6's certification in the country, according to local newspaper Thai Rath. Although NBTC Secretary General Takorn Tantasith only disclosed the general name of the product and two model numbers -- A1586 and A1524 -- and was allegedly following government guidelines in doing so, Apple argues that he released confidential information.
Foxconn, Pegatron may ship 50 million units by end of 2014
Pegatron has won half of Apple's orders for production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, supply chain sources tell Digitimes. The remainder are expected to go to Foxconn, Apple's primary assembly partner. Together the two manufacturers are forecast to churn out 50 million iPhone 6 units by the end of the year.
Close-ups show tapered front edges
Luxury customization outfit Feld & Volk has published new photos of a collection of alleged iPhone 6 parts. The most prominent depict a front panel, offering a closer glimpse at cables, attachments, and edges. The edges are visibly rounded, presumably meant to blend seamlessly with the phone's back panel.
Specifications still being kept secret
The Secretary General of Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Takorn Tantasith, has announced distribution approval for two iPhone 6 models, according to reports and Tantasith's own Twitter account. Apple is said to have filed an import application on August 5th, and received certification and written approval on August 8th. The two models are listed as A1586 and A1524. While government regulations state that such approvals must be declared publicly, the actual specifications of the phones are still being protected.
Glitches may have caused delays
The iPhone 6 is currently in a final product validation phase before it begins mass production, Chinese media sources say. Apple is specifically said to be working with Foxconn's Zhengzhou facility in churning out small quantities, with the goal of making sure quality control is up to par. Some reports had indicated that the iPhone 6 was already in production, but it may be that rumors of delays were accurate.
Could be pre-production part
Photos from well-known leaker Sonny Dickson show what is claimed to be a full back panel for the iPhone 6. The part is consistent with other recently leaks, although noticeably scuffed and dented. It appears to be a pre-production component, since it lacks printing such as the "iPhone" name and regulatory information.
Phone gets trimmed side bezels to fit bigger screen
A series of photos have emerged showing what are claimed to be parts for the iPhone 6. Perhaps the most significant show assembled displays, including cover glass, mounting points, and flex cables. The parts indicate slimmed-down side bezels, something presumably needed to fit a 4.7-inch screen while still making the phone comfortable to hold.
Upgrade would increase battery life, but be offset by display drain
The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 may have a 2100mAh battery, claims a Chinese analyst, Sun Chang Xu. That figure would be a 45.8 percent leap over the 1440mAh of the iPhone 5s. A recent report indicated that the iPhone 6 will have a 1810mAh battery.
Could mean new iPhones shipping on Sept. 19th
Apple has scheduled an iPhone press event for September 9, according to Re/Code's John Paczkowski. No other details have been mentioned, but Paczkowski has had a reliable track record. He repeats widespread expectations that Apple will be announcing 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones based on A8 processors.
Suggests significantly different internal layouts
Photos obtained by a French site show what are claimed to be home buttons and connected flex cables for Apple's 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, sometimes dubbed the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air, respectively. Both differ not only from the iPhone 5s, but each other, with the 4.7-inch phone for instance having a straight cable, and the 5.5-inch device having a slightly bent one. The buttons themselves are also visibly different. Significantly, identification numbers appear to match previous leaks and other parts from Apple.
Supply chain numbers may only support limited run of sapphire models
Supply chain orders so far don't support the idea of the iPhone 6 using sapphire for its display, except perhaps in limited numbers, according to analysts with Trendforce. "Analysis of the iPhone 6 supply chain indicates related component suppliers need to ship products to OEMs for assembly in June 2014 to meet the September launch date. Yet, the research institute did not discover demands for smartphone cover glass," the firm writes. "The sapphire glass version new iPhone will be issued in limited volumes this year, mostly because sapphire ingot manufacturers yield rates were lower than forecasts and [because of] issues involved in sapphire glass processing."
Parts missing from associated logic board photos
A Chinese repair firm, GeekBar, claims to have obtained photos of the logic boards for Apple's upcoming 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones. The two are noticeably different from each other and the board for the iPhone 5s; significantly, the one for the 5.5-inch iPhone -- sometimes dubbed the "iPhone Air" -- isn't larger than the one for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, but simply has a different layout. In both cases, chips and other installed components are missing.
4.7-inch iPhone 6 already underway
Although mass production of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is underway, other Apple products due this fall -- including new versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini, and the 5.5-inch iPhone -- have yet to begin assembly, according to Chinese-language publication UDN. The new iPads are expected to enter production in September, but there is no reported timeframe for the 5.5-inch iPhone. UDN makes no mention of the iWatch, something generally anticipated in the fall.
May build on iBeacons, Passbook, Touch ID and partners to create truly seamless, secure system
A new report is claiming that Apple is accelerating its plans for a grand "digital wallet" mobile payments system, which could even be ready to debut in the same time frame as the expected "iPhone 6." The company is said to be in talks with Visa to create a partnership agreement that would allow consumers to pay for goods and services using only their iPhone, leveraging the "secure enclave" portion of the A7 chip and Touch ID to create what would be expected to be a seamless mobile payment system.
5.5-inch iPhone might wait until later showcase
Apple is "tentatively" scheduling a press event for mid-September to reveal the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and final launch details of iOS 8, sources say. The people add that the second and third weeks of September are the most likely target, but that uncertainties about manufacturing timetables are a factor. The 5.5-inch iPhone may also be shown at the event, but that has likewise yet to be decided.
Compares to 50-60 million units ordered for iPhone 5s/5c launch last year
A new report citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" claims that Apple has put in orders for its largest-ever initial iPhone run, asking suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron to produce between 70 million and 80 million units for the devices' debut in the fall through the end of the year. Claiming that the order includes both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models (though the latter has yet to reveal solid evidence of actually existing), the new upcoming production run compares to the 50-60 million units ordered for the iPhone 5s and 5c last year.
Rough edges disappear
New photos show what is believed to be a rear shell for the iPhone 6 from a later stage of manufacturing. The shell notably has an iPad-style inlaid Apple logo, and a smoother overall appearance, unlike some earlier leaked shells. The reason for the switch to an inlaid logo is unclear, but it's speculated that Apple may want it to light up, possibly to serve as a notification light, something present on many non-Apple smartphones.
Foxconn confirms massive hiring spree for production ramp-up
Taiwain's Economic Daily News, which has been on a spree of sometimes-dubious claims about the forthcoming new iPhone and possible additional models, is now reporting that Apple's alleged 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" model will begin production next week, with the supposed 5.5-inch model starting production in the second week of August for a later launch date. Foxconn has inadvertently supported the report by confirming plans to hire 100,000 new workers.
Consistent with recent rumor
A photo obtained by French website NWE depicts what's claimed to be a 1,810mAh battery for the iPhone 6. The part is consistent with a recent rumor, and represents roughly a 16 percent improvement over the iPhone 5s. If it's authentic though, any gains will probably be offset by the extra power demands of the 6's 4.7-inch display, and possibly its A8 processor.
Part little different from iPhone 5s incarnation
New photos depict what is said to be the Touch ID sensor for iPhone 6. The part is compared with its equivalent for the iPhone 5s, and appears to be little different, except for a change in where screw holes are located. That's presumably needed to accommodate the phone's new proportions, scaled up to fit a 4.7-inch screen.
New batteries thinner, more flexible than Samsung or LG offerings
Apple has allegedly solved battery problems for the iPhone 6 by turning to a new supplier, Taiwan's Simplo Technologies, says the Taiwan-based Economic Daily News. The company was reportedly having trouble finding batteries that were both thin and flexible enough from previous suppliers Samsung and LG Chemical. It's not clear whether EDN is referring to the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone -- most commonly labeled the iPhone 6 -- or the supposed 5.5-inch model as well, which was already said to have had battery problems fixed, despite a lack of evidence of either the alleged problem or its resolution.
Could force device into 2015
Apple's alleged 5.5-inch future iPhone is reportedly running into production obstacles involving its new in-cell touchscreen panel, along with uneven color distribution on its metal casing, claims KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He suggests that while the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 should still debut this fall, the supposed 5.5-inch phone -- of which no real evidence has emerged -- could be pushed later, possibly into 2015. Even the 4.7-inch model is said to be suffering from the same problems, but to a lesser degree.
Firm looks to become more independent
Sharp is offering Apple 30 billion yen, or about $293 million, to buy the equipment in the former's Kameyama Plant No. 1, says Nikkei. In 2012, Apple contributed about half of the 100 billion yen ($986.7 million) that was necessary to switch the factory from producing TV panels to iPhone displays. As a part of the deal, Apple claimed ownership of the plant's hardware.
Specs would be somewhat out-of-step with recent competitors
For its A8 processor, Apple is planning to boost clock speeds to 2GHz or higher, but stick to just two cores, says Chinese site cnBeta. The A7 used in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini is a dual-core 1.3GHz chip. On top of the speed boost, the A8 is expected to upgrade from 28nm manufacturing to 20nm.
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.
Initial shipments could be twice those of iPhone 5
Apple has placed orders for a massive 68 million in initial iPhone 6 units -- roughly twice what it ordered for the iPhone 5, according to Taiwan's Business Weekly. Mass production is slated to begin later this month. It's uncertain, though, if the paper is referring solely to the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone -- the device most commonly tagged with the "iPhone 6" name -- or the supposed 5.5-inch iPhone as well, in which case the 68 million figure would make more sense. In either scenario, Apple is likely keen to avoid the supply shortages that plagued the iPhone 5 and 5s.