A new case mold leaked out of Japan may just have given us a glimpse of the iPhone 6′s eventual form factor. According to numerous reports, inside info and analyst conjecture, the next-gen Apple iPhone will arrive in two separate size configurations, both of which will be larger than anything that the Cupertino company has hitherto released. As well a phablet-sized device boasting a display of around 5.5 inches, Apple could also drop a 4.7-inch model, and it is this smaller of the two models that has emerged as a case mold.
Given that the Apple iPhone is the single most popular line of high-end smartphone across the mobile industry, it’s no surprise that the speculation tends to begin at the earliest possible point. After the dust had settled on September’s release of the iPhone 5s, reports swiftly began to emerge with details on its eventual successor, and since then, we’ve learned from several sources – corroborated by the likes of Bloomberg and Reuters – that there will indeed be two new devices on the horizon.
The case makers are always in a rat-race to get the scoop on the latest device before their competitors as they seek to take a chunk of the lucrative early-adopter market, and as such, molds of devices can often leak out into the wild far before an announcement is made.
The mold leaked today via a Japanese case maker fits nicely in with the rumors of a new, larger iPhone 6, and while, in times past, the thought of Apple releasing a device with such a generous amount of display real estate seemed unfathomable, it’s now looking almost certain that the fruit company will break a habit of a lifetime.
There’s no way of verifying whether the case mold is legit whatsoever, and it may well be that the Japanese case maker in question simply wishes to throw its rivals a curve-ball.
Still, whether there’s any legitimacy to this leak or not, we do expect the smaller iPhone 6 to pack a 4.7-inch, whilst its bigger brother will look to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note, offering a whopping 5.5-inch panel.
We expect both to pack an improved rear-facing camera, Apple A8 processor, and the usual dose of other technical upgrades.