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A set of photos published to the Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo on Sunday allegedly show detailed schematics, CAD renderings and physical manufacturing molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone.


Source: Sina Weibo via GforGames


The pictures, posted to Sina Weibo, depict highly detailed iPhone 6 chassis production assets and are said to have originated at a plant belonging to Apple partner manufacturer Foxconn, reports GforGames.

As seen above, one photo of purported iPhone 6 technical schematics shows an extremely thin chassis design with a tapered design and what appears to be chamfered edges, a design flourish used in Apple's most recent products.

The overall look of the phone seems to be consistent with the iPhone range, with a display cutout surrounded by thin bezels and larger top and bottom areas for functional components like a Touch ID-equipped home button and FaceTime camera.




A second photo offers 3D renderings of the supposed chassis mold, while additional images show the mold itself. Without a current iPhone 5s or 5c in the photo for scale, it is impossible to determine the approximate chassis size these molds yield.

The unconfirmed leaks follow a growing pile of pictures associated with Apple's East Asian supply chain, the most recent being questionable shots of an iPhone 6 body.

Apple is believed to be prepping two iPhone models for its 2014 product refresh, both of which boast larger displays than current models. According to a roadmap from reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company will release a 4.7-inch version as an iPhone 5s replacement, while a 5.5-inch iteration is to be marketed as a high-end "phablet" device.



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Is that a pirated version of Windows XP I see?

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CAD renderings? Looks more like Excel on XP. And that first picture of the drawing could also be a Samsung smart watch for all I know. But cool, keep the rumours coming on the next iPhone. I can't wait to see what's in store. June 2nd, right?
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post #4 of 59

All the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were also real. I saw them move and eat people. No way that was faked.

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I definitely think that the leakers should be executed, or at the very least, serve out the rest of their miserable lives in a cold and dark prison cell. This would also have the added benefit of serving as a deterrent for any other potential future leakers. That'll make other like minded criminals think twice before they commit their crime. 

 

There are far too many leaks coming out of Apple's Asian suppliers. A hefty punishment can easily be justified, based on the high dollar value of the information that they are stealing.

 

People can get killed when stealing from countries, and Apple makes more money than some countries, so why do people think that it's ok to leak top secret Apple plans? The punishment should fit the crime, and when somebody is stealing and sharing secrets from a billion dollar company, they should be severely punished.

 

In conclusion, I've said this before, but Apple should find a way to tighten up security in their Asian suppliers.

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IDK, looks like a Samscum phone to me. Through an accident of design, they do resemble iPhones /s
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I definitely think that the leakers should be executed...

You'd be ok with being the one pulling the trigger?
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You'd be ok with being the one pulling the trigger?

 

If that were my job, then sure, why not?

 

Somebody's gotta do it. In states that have the death penalty, somebody's gotta be the one to flip the switch on the electric chair, or whichever method that they happen to be using.

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I definitely think that the leakers should be executed, or at the very least, serve out the rest of their miserable lives in a cold and dark prison cell. This would also have the added benefit of serving as a deterrent for any other potential future leakers.

Alright, Satan.

It's just a phone.
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Alright, Satan.

It's just a phone.

 

You might as well have called me Mickey Mouse, because I take no offense at being called a fairy tale character.

 

And it's not just a phone. It's many tens of millions of phones. It's an entire industry. 

 

If you don't believe that espionage against Apple is important and worth protecting against, then that's your problem.

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The people like you should be executed or imprisoned in the concentration camp.

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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post

... I can't wait to see what's in store. June 2nd, right?

 

WWDC14 starts on June 2nd, so Apple will do the usual thing.  They'll announce iOS 8 and its new features, they'll allow developers to download iOS 8 beta, and everybody will have about 3 months to add iOS 8 features and design directives to their apps.

 

Or maybe not.  A little birdie tells me that Apple has been hyping Autolayout in iOS apps ever since iOS 6.0 way back in 2012.  It's possible that Apple could announce the heavily-rumored iPhone 6 at WWDC and say "All modern iOS apps should already be using Autolayout for perfect compatibility with the all-new iPhone 6."  Presumably the "6" will have more pixels, so it will still have Retina resolution.  Older apps will look the same, but they won't fill the screen.  They'll appear centered in the screen, the way older iPhone 4 apps were centered vertically in the iPhone 5 screen.  Newer apps with Autolayout will resize their user interface elements automatically to fill taller and wider screens.

 

But really, if there are any new APIs in iOS 8 (like, say, improved Augmented Reality in the maps API), then Apple really needs to let developers experiment with the features, build them into their apps, test their apps, and have them all ready on the App Store when the iPhone 6 launches.  In  or around September.


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Here come the Windows XP comments...

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I definitely think that the leakers should be executed, or at the very least, serve out the rest of their miserable lives in a cold and dark prison cell. This would also have the added benefit of serving as a deterrent for any other potential future leakers. That'll make other like minded criminals think twice before they commit their crime. 

 

There are far too many leaks coming out of Apple's Asian suppliers. A hefty punishment can easily be justified, based on the high dollar value of the information that they are stealing.

 

People can get killed when stealing from countries, and Apple makes more money than some countries, so why do people think that it's ok to leak top secret Apple plans? The punishment should fit the crime, and when somebody is stealing and sharing secrets from a billion dollar company, they should be severely punished.

 

In conclusion, I've said this before, but Apple should find a way to tighten up security in their Asian suppliers.

People steal music from billion dollar companies. People steal software from billion dollar companies. People steal billions in tax fraud from countries. Should we seriously iGuillotine these people just because the people they are stealing from are those who have more money? If we have a staggered punishment system based on money, should they just get a slap on the hand when they steal from the mom and pop store down the road? A harsh word when they steal a sandwich from little Jimmy? But steal from somebody worth billions of dollars and you must DIE!!!!

Punish?...yes.....Kill? Are you from Elysium?

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I definitely think that the leakers should be executed, or at the very least, serve out the rest of their miserable lives in a cold and dark prison cell. This would also have the added benefit of serving as a deterrent for any other potential future leakers. That'll make other like minded criminals think twice before they commit their crime. 

 

There are far too many leaks coming out of Apple's Asian suppliers. A hefty punishment can easily be justified, based on the high dollar value of the information that they are stealing.

 

People can get killed when stealing from countries, and Apple makes more money than some countries, so why do people think that it's ok to leak top secret Apple plans? The punishment should fit the crime, and when somebody is stealing and sharing secrets from a billion dollar company, they should be severely punished.

 

In conclusion, I've said this before, but Apple should find a way to tighten up security in their Asian suppliers.


In the very early days of AI, the very purpose of this site and the principle activity of it s creator, was to entice people at Apple to leak inside information to be made public.  By implication, the punishments you think appropriate should surely have been visited on Kasper and all the other US citizens involved at that time.  You have more than a few roos loose in the top paddock.

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Tim doubling down on security again (OK I couldn't resist).

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People steal music from billion dollar companies. People steal software from billion dollar companies. People steal billions in tax fraud from countries. Should we seriously iGuillotine these people just because the people they are stealing from are those who have more money? Punish?...yes.....Kill? Are you from Elysium?

 

It's about the severity of the crime. Stealing a 99 cent song is not a very severe crime, in the big scheme of things.

 

A person stealing top secret plans worth billions is a bit different, wouldn't you agree?

 

And people do go to prison for tax fraud.

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I've been a loyal iPhone user since the iPhone 4. If Apple is ever tasteless enough to make an abomination called "phablet" I will leave Apple forever and never come back.
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Never seem a design drawing without dimension, neither does iPhone's metal frame uses molding process. This is a bs to the extreme.
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It's a machining fixture most likely, but certainly not a mold. These look to be cast aluminum, and finished machined which makes sense as you have possibly thousands of CNC machines providing the same operation. 

 

Chances are that there are at least a few different versions needed to cover the the various machining operations for the each housing.

 

Edit: I wanted to add that I believe that the image is of a operations sheet or report defining each operation in the process.


Edited by tmay - 4/14/14 at 3:18am
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Apple are going to make a phablet so you might as well leave now .... for a phone maker that makes phablets.

Apple needs them, they will have a continually shrinking Asian business if they don't.
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Apple are going to make a phablet so you might as well leave now .... for a phone maker that makes phablets.

Apple needs them, they will have a continually shrinking Asian business if they don't.

 

You keep this total fantasy up much longer, you’ll start believing it.

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Apple are going to make a phablet so you might as well leave now .... for a phone maker that makes phablets.

Apple needs them, they will have a continually shrinking Asian business if they don't.

I think it's likely that Apple will come out with a larger-sized phone, but isn't their Asian business looking kinda growy at the moment?
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You might as well have called me Mickey Mouse, because I take no offense at being called a fairy tale character.

Me thinks he doth protest too much.
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Relaaaaaaaaaaaaax...
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C'mon this isn't the first time Apple leaked hints of their iPhone. Remember the iPhone 4 supposedly being accidentally left at the bar?
Please.
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Originally Posted by Grey Silvy View Post
C'mon this isn't the first time Apple leaked hints of their iPhone. Remember the iPhone 4 supposedly being accidentally left at the bar?
Please.

 

Yes, that criminal investigation, seizure of property, and permanent banning of personnel from all future events was ALL to drum up interest in the new product.

 

:no::wow::err::rolleyes:

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I noticed a bunch of numbers increasing away from the center of the "home" button. The outer edges are marked 31.6. Assuming that these are millimeters, the width of the molding is therefore 63.2mm. The current iPhone 5s, for comparison, is 58.6mm wide.

Also assuming that the schematic is proportional, I straighten the photo of the schematic (it was taken at a slight angle, but not too skewed) got the following measurements (+/-1.0 mm for accuracy):

 

Attribute measured Molding size iPhone 5s
Length 140.4 mm 123.8 mm
Width 63.2 mm 58.6 mm
Screen diagonal 4.84 inch 4 inch

 

I've scaled an image of the iPhone 5s next to the schematic for comparison (it's shaded red). It's barely wider, but quite a bit taller than the iPhone 5s.

 

Now the area that's assumed to be "the screen" on the molding might not be the screen. It measures 110.8mm x 53.7mm for an odd 2:1 aspect ratio. This is taller than the 16:9 aspect ratio. The diagonal would end up at 123mm, or 4.84 inches. Not sure I believe it.

 

 

Anyway, FWIW, have fun with it!

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I noticed a bunch of numbers increasing away from the center of the "home" button. The outer edges are marked 31.6. Assuming that these are millimeters, the width of the molding is therefore 63.2mm. The current iPhone 5s, for comparison, is 58.6
mm wide.

Also assuming that the schematic is 
proportional, I straighten the photo of the schematic (it was taken at a slight angle, but not too skewed) got the following measurements (+/-1.0 mm for accuracy):

Attribute measured Molding size iPhone 5s
Length 140.4 mm 123.8 mm
Width 63.2 mm 58.6 mm
Screen diagonal 4.84 inch 4 inch


I've scaled an image of the iPhone 5s next to the schematic for comparison (it's shaded red). It's barely wider, but quite a bit taller than the iPhone 5s.

Now the area that's assumed to be "the screen" on the molding might not be the screen. It measures 110.8mm x 53.7mm for an odd 2:1 aspect ratio. This is taller than the 16:9 aspect ratio. The diagonal would end up at 123mm, or 4.84 inches. Not sure I believe it.

[image]

Anyway, FWIW, have fun with it!

That gives it a PPI of 269.4 if they use the same 1136x640 resolution display and a resolution of about 1380x770 if they stick with 326 PPI displays.
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Well incidentally the largest iPhone was about the same size at 62.1mm. So I think 63.2mm is plausible, until Apple can manage to get zero brezel.

 

I have always thought the next iPhone screen Ratio will likely change to 21:9, in order to get larger screen without getting too wide. Which sounds just about right with the measures.

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Well incidentally the largest iPhone was about the same size at 62.1mm. So I think 63.2mm is plausible, until Apple can manage to get zero brezel.

If the widest iPhone only had a 1.1mm smaller width and this one (according to the rumours) would be even thinner than the iPhone 5S which is already the thinnest iPhone ever then I would think that it wouldn't be an issue with one handed usability.

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I definitely think that the leakers should be executed..

 

Any rational and reasonable response I could possibly have to that statement would get me banned. 

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If the widest iPhone only had a 1.1mm smaller width and this one (according to the rumours) would be even thinner than the iPhone 5S which is already the thinnest iPhone ever then I would think that it wouldn't be an issue with one handed usability.

In all fairness, my recently acquired Galaxy S5 (which is slightly taller and wider than my S4) is perfectly usable in one hand. Nevertheless, I often find myself holding it with one and using the other to touch due to habit... NB I also do this with my iPhone. There seems to be a bit of hysteria about the 'one hand use' thing in the iPhone community. It's almost as if it's rare to be born with two hands :P

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In all fairness, my recently acquired Galaxy S5 (which is slightly taller and wider than my S4) is perfectly usable in one hand. Nevertheless, I often find myself holding it with one and using the other to touch due to habit... NB I also do this with my iPhone. There seems to be a bit of hysteria about the 'one hand use' thing in the iPhone community. It's almost as if it's rare to be born with two hands :P

Not hysteria, preference.
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post #35 of 59

It's too thin. More likely it's a new iPod touch.

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I've been a loyal iPhone user since the iPhone 4. If Apple is ever tasteless enough to make an abomination called "phablet" I will leave Apple forever and never come back.

I highly doubt that. I think Apple can make a phablet excellent. Samsung did aiight and we all know how much they generally suck. Imagine what Apple could do with both their influence and their expertise.

Be wary, sure, but keep an open mind. By now both fans and haters should know not to doubt Apple outright.
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If the widest iPhone only had a 1.1mm smaller width and this one (according to the rumours) would be even thinner than the iPhone 5S which is already the thinnest iPhone ever then I would think that it wouldn't be an issue with one handed usability.

 

Yes, Since the Old iPhone is also 4.6mm thicker, so the total added distance for your thumb is still roughly the same as the largest iPhone first produced.

 

While a 21:9 screen are possible, I make this assuming purely based on engineering. I think the design of a phone with 21:9 will looks fairly ugly, unless they get rid of the Top and Buttom part. ( Which doesn't fit the schematics ).

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Any ideas on the thickness?

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Any ideas on the thickness?

 

The side view in the drawing isn't to the same scale as the top, so I can't simply count pixels. I could scale it down to match, but then we're in danger of increasing the amount of error. There aren't enough pixels in the image for a high precision estimate when it comes the thickness. But just eyeballing it, it appears to be impressively thin: more like the iPhone 5s than the iPhone 3GS.

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I definitely think that the leakers should be executed..

Any rational and reasonable response I could possibly have to that statement would get me banned. 

Just block him, and if someone replies to his post go to his original post and report it as offensive.
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