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Slab of metal that vaguely resembles 'iPhone 6' leaks spotted in Romania

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A metal brick fashioned into dimensions similar to those revealed in recent "leaked" specifications for Apple's so-called "iPhone 6," ostensibly used for molding cases to fit the next-generation handset, has turned up in the clutches of a Romanian accessory seller.




The ingot is shown with a flat back and rounded edges, as well as a number of cutouts for controls and extraneous holes said to be for mounting to manufacturing machinery. Along the sides are allowances for what appear to be volume rockers, the ring/silent switch, a SIM card tray, and the new side-mounted lock button.

Along the bottom are cutouts for an iPhone 5c-like speaker grill, lightning port, headphone jack, and microphone. Oddly, the microphone on the bottom of the device is the only one shown in the tool -- the microphone found next to the camera on the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c is not present.

Also making an appearance are a raised ring for the rear-facing camera and the rounded flash, a departure from the dual-LED True Tone setup Apple introduced with the iPhone 5s. As noted by MacRumors, the form is not designed as a mockup of the final product -- it is, rather, a manufacturing tool -- but the departures are suspect nonetheless.

Finally, there is no word on the steel brick's size. Apple is widely expected to increase the size of the display on future iPhones to 4.7 inches, with a 5.5-inch "phablet" version also rumored to debut this year.




Case makers have bet -- and lost -- on rumored iPhone designs before, most notably in 2011 when it was claimed that Apple was working on a completely redesigned iPhone. That year, the iPhone 4S debuted with a design largely identical to its predecessor.

Apple did revamp the look of the iPhone a year later, when the iPhone 5 launched with a new, taller 4-inch display. The company has been on a pattern of redesigning the iPhone every two years with a new model number, while the "off" years are used to introduce "S" models with improved specs and new features.
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Who's to say it isn't a third party case manufacturer's die based on other rumours?  I find it hard to believe that one of Apple's dies would have escaped their factory... and made it all the way to Romania? Hardly!

post #3 of 16
Romania? Vampires!

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

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Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

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post #4 of 16

A slab of burnt toast from Slovenia shows the face of Steve Jobs on it!

post #5 of 16

For all we know, this ingot may be for a Samsung product... or any other copycat's devices.

post #6 of 16
Machined by a 16 year old in metal work at school or in daddy's garage
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keep 'em rumors coming.

Every rumor adds 1% to AAPL stock price.

Waiting to sell before bubble bursts.

post #8 of 16
Is it liquid metal? Will it morph into T2?
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
 
And still waiting for SolipsismX to prove his accusation:
"And yet they haven't loved Google Wallet which you claimed was the exact same thing and kept posting...
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Where's the new Apple TV?
 
And still waiting for SolipsismX to prove his accusation:
"And yet they haven't loved Google Wallet which you claimed was the exact same thing and kept posting...
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post #9 of 16
love the headline

You did not come into the world to fail. You came into the world to succeed.

- Gordon Hinckley

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You did not come into the world to fail. You came into the world to succeed.

- Gordon Hinckley

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post #10 of 16
Am I the only one who thinks a raised camera (out from the body of the phone) is ugly and stupid? I know I am a minority when I say this, but it would be a real sticking point for me.


I would rather a thicker phone with a bigger battery taking up any excess space.

I hope Apple doesn't use a raised camera, I don't see them doing it either.
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Originally Posted by Seankill View Post
I hope Apple doesn't use a raised camera, I don't see them doing it either.

 

They did it on the iPod touch. They’ll do it on the iPhone.

 

I don’t like it, but…

post #12 of 16

oh god! it looks like a fucking samsung.

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keep 'em rumors coming.

Every rumor adds 1% to AAPL stock price.

Waiting to sell before bubble bursts.

If you think it's a bubble, the prudent thing to do is sell, sell, sell, as quickly as possible.

 

I don't think it's a bubble.  I think the stock is heading way up.   I'm going to hold, hold, hold.

post #14 of 16
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Who's to say it isn't a third party case manufacturer's die based on other rumours?  I find it hard to believe that one of Apple's dies would have escaped their factory... and made it all the way to Romania? Hardly!

It's definitely not something Apple would share with case manufacturers before any new iPhone launches. Hard Candy had to rely on rumor-mill specs in 2011, and got famously burned on that.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
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"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
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love the headline
Seriously...it sounds like an Onion headline.
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Originally Posted by jinglesthula View Post

love the headline

that, and the fact that it's in someone's "clutches".
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. . . has turned up in the clutches of a Romanian accessory seller.
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"Personally, I would like nothing more than to thoroughly proof each and every word of my articles before posting. But I can't."

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