Now that WWDC is over, we can get back to wondering what hardware Apple will announce this year. It’s a given than the iPhone 6 will be brought to market towards the last quarter of 2014, but what it will contain and how it will look is still up for debate.
As the leaks roll out though, the final appearance of the iPhone 6 is becoming clearer and clearer. We’re already relatively confident that the iPhone 6 will come in two flavors, with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model on the horizon, and the current leaks at least corroborate the former, if not the latter. It’s that 4.7-inch model that’s the subject of the latest leak, too, with French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] once again getting their hands on an outer shell that at least appears to be from the iPhone 6.
The as-yet unannounced iPhone 6’s rumored side-positioned sleep/wake button is in attendance here, as is a cut-out for the pill-shaped volume buttons that are also expected on the new handset. This new leak also shows the apple-shaped cut-out that has been present in other leaks, suggesting Apple will embed the logo rather than paint it on like other iPhones. Currently, only iPads feature the embedded Apple logo on their rear panel, though the non-Retina iPad also features a painted Apple ala the iPhone.
Apple is expected to announce the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 around September, with the larger brother of the two coming some time later. That would perhaps explain why all the leaks are currently about the smaller 4.7-inch model, with almost nothing being leaked about the 5.5-inch option. As time ticks on though, we would expect that to change.
The newly leaked rear panel is also claimed to be of a high quality construction, suggesting that this is more of a final production model than an early prototype. If this is indeed an iPhone 6 panel, it’s either the final shipping version or a very late prototype.
We’ll know for sure in around 3 months, anyway.
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