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The latest pictures claiming to show the back panel of Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6" are consistent with previous parts, showing a redesigned metal frame with space for a lock button on the upper right side.




The pictured part claimed to be from Apple's next-generation iPhone was first highlighted on Sunday by Nowhereelse.fr. Like previous parts shown online, it appears to be an entirely metal back panel, eschewing the glass strips found at the top and bottom of the rear of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, but still keeping separation lines near those points.

The part also has holes for elongated volume buttons and a mute switch on the left side of the device, while a SIM card slot is found on the right side. In addition, the part appears to show that the lock button has been moved from the top of the handset to the upper right side a detail that's consistent with earlier rumors.




Strangely, the hole for the camera flash in the latest part is still circular and not oval-shaped, potentially suggesting that Apple could be planning to either improve on or abandon the "True Tone" flash it introduced with the iPhone 5s. That's consistent with earlier leaks claiming to show Apple's next iPhone.

The Apple logo on the back panel shown Sunday is also cut out, a detail that was also found on an alleged "iPhone 6" panel revealed last month. The second-generation iPad mini was found to have a similar feature when parts for the tablet first leaked in August 2013 -- on the final product, Apple ultimately embedded a piece of metal that serves as a radio-transparent window.

Apple is expected to announce a 4.7-inch iPhone -- and possibly a 5.5-inch version -- later this year as part of the company's annual refresh cycle. If the company sticks with its usual release pattern, the next iPhone would debut in September and would arrive alongside the public release of iOS 8.

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Why would apple get rid of a true tone flash that they just added last year as an improvement. Apple generally doesn't walk backwards.
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I could be wrong but I find it hard to imagine that they would abandon the true tone flash after one year
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Interesting that the Apple logo is cut out.

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I could be wrong but I find it hard to imagine that they would abandon the true tone flash after one year

Why must they abandon it? Why can't it be in the space provided?

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agreed, it seems more likely that someone is producing a LED that provides both (or more) 'tones' in one compact LED device, similar to that of RGB LEDs produced today.
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WWDC ends and now we get three months of leaked iPhone cases. Sigh.
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Apple has never before abandoned useful tech in previous iPhones from one gen to the next, so I would think they've just found a way to compact the true tone flash.
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Looks to be as thin as the iPod Touch.  If not for the SIM card slot I'd have thought maybe it is a new iPod Touch.  That might explain the round flash opening.  But clearly this would have to be the iPhone case.  So then the question becomes, how much battery can be fit in this thin case?  Yeah, it's longer and wider, but so too will be the energy-hungry display.  Should be interesting to see how this all comes together in the fall.

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So then the question becomes, how much battery can be fit in this thin case?  Yeah, it's longer and wider, but so too will be the energy-hungry display.  Should be interesting to see how this all comes together in the fall.

As we've seen with the significantly less power efficient Android-based devices using off-the-shelf components the power needed for the display components doesn't at the same rate as the volume gained by going with the volume from a larger footprint. We've seen plenty of Android-based devices get a larger display and become much thinner all while sporting a longer battery life with a larger battery.

So far, Apple has not made any of the mistakes of most of their competitors by focusing on a specific feature at the risk of ignoring the overall usability of the device so until that happens I have to think that if Apple thinks they can go thinner and lighter they will do so with the knowledge that the device will not have a lower usage time than in the previous model.

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WWDC ends and now we get three months of leaked iPhone cases. Sigh.

Don't forget updates on what's fixed or changed in each new iOS 8 beta.

I love this time of year. Not because I'm a die-hard Apple freak who's starving for any news no matter how trivial, but more for the entertainment provided by all the trolls who get so upset about something they claim to not care about.
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I'm personally not a fan of the use of what seems to sealant on the back of the device. I'm aware that it probably is a necessity but still... :s.
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I'm personally not a fan of the use of what seems to sealant on the back of the device. I'm aware that it probably is a necessity but still... :s.

You mean those strips that look like masking tape placed on a wall before you paint? If so, I don't think that design looks so great but I'm also reserving judgment since the leaked images of the iPhone 4 from Gizmodo made the device look cheap before we saw good images. I don't think any design has been bad although I would say the iPhone 3G/3GS did take an aesthetic backwards from the original iPhone.

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Don't forget updates on what's fixed or changed in each new iOS 8 beta.

I love this time of year. Not because I'm a die-hard Apple freak who's starving for any news no matter how trivial, but more for the entertainment provided by all the trolls who get so upset about something they claim to not care about.

1) But these trolls have used Apple products for decades and have bought everything from Apple so they know best¡

2) I'm quite excited about Swift. I hope this will be the first programming language I can truly learn and my dozen or so app ideas can finally come to fruition. That's where my head will mostly be for the next several months, and hopefully next year I'll be able to attend WWDC without feeling like I'd be taking a seat away from a real developer. Note: I'm assuming WWDC 2015 will be Swift-based, not Obj-C.

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I'm personally not a fan of the use of what seems to sealant on the back of the device. I'm aware that it probably is a necessity but still... :s.

 

I'm not a fan of the color, the "Xiao Long Tea House" sticker, or the "Republished by www.nowhereelse.fr" etching on the case but still… /s

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At first I didn't like the big size of the phone, but I have gotten used to it. But please let the rumors about the changed position of the lock button be false! It looks so stupid to have it on the side! You probably won't be able to reach it with one hand, and on an iPad it works just fine being on the top even though you can't reach it with one hand.
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Looks real.

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Looks real.

 

I agree. 

 

I actually think this will look good when it's all put together.

 

I'm hoping for an edge to edge display on the front though. Some of the front panel leaks seem to show side bezels bigger than the current iPhones which wouldn't make sense, IMO.

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You mean those strips that look like masking tape placed on a wall before you paint? If so, I don't think that design looks so great but I'm also reserving judgment since the leaked images of the iPhone 4 from Gizmodo made the device look cheap before we saw good images. I don't think any design has been bad although I would say the iPhone 3G/3GS did take an aesthetic backwards from the original iPhone.


That is indeed what I mean, those on the top and the bottom of the back of the device. To me they look like sealant to waterproof or something like that. I've seen it before in other 'leaks'. I hope this isn't the final design or at least looks better when released. But yeah all we know this 'leak' could be completely fake, no way to know for sure until release of course. Usually we aren't disappointed.

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WWDC ends and now we get three months of leaked iPhone cases. Sigh.

I have two iPhone 6 cases sitting on my desk. No idea if they'll fit the actual iPhone 6, but still...:D

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What's to happen to the 5C - will it grow into a 6C?
 
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post #21 of 104

I'll be very sorry to see the current, iconic design go in favour of what appears to be a utilitarian design. Certainly, Apple will do it well.

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That is indeed what I mean, those on the top and the bottom of the back of the device. To me they look like sealant to waterproof or something like that.
If they make the iPhone waterproof then Apple can't take my money quickly enough.

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Nice, but doesn't have that ultra-sophisticated look of the iPhone 4 or 5. Looks good but in a more causal sense.

The stripes top and bottom are obviously necessary so no sense in complaining about them. Would it look better without them? Sure.

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I may have been delusional, but it seemed like the screen mock ups in the keynote had long volume buttons(like this mockup). Sorry to lazy to look again..
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Looks to be as thin as the iPod Touch.  If not for the SIM card slot I'd have thought maybe it is a new iPod Touch.  That might explain the round flash opening.  But clearly this would have to be the iPhone case.  So then the question becomes, how much battery can be fit in this thin case?  Yeah, it's longer and wider, but so too will be the energy-hungry display.  Should be interesting to see how this all comes together in the fall.
It looks just ugly. I like the 5 and 5s design.
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I may have been delusional, but it seemed like the screen mock ups in the keynote had long volume buttons(like this mockup). Sorry to lazy to look again..

 

Delusional. What screen mockups were in the keynote? Apple doesn't show mockups.

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It looks just ugly. I like the 5 and 5s design.

 

But the HTC One looks great, right?

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If this is what the final design looks like I'll be highly disappointed. It's essentially a bigger, phone version of a 2 year old iPod Touch. I don't believe Apple would let this happen. Honestly, I'm starting to think Apple is leaking these mockups to throw everyone off the scent of the real thing. 

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If Apple wanted to keep their up and coming new phones more secret all they'd need to do would be to make the enclosures in the USA.
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post #30 of 104
This IPhone 6 or iPhone Air or whatever they end up calling it will be Samsung G5 Killer and with iOS 8 will be a new era on Apple Smart Phone technology.
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If it's real, it looks like there is still an audio jack. So stop freaking out about proprietary headphones! 1oyvey.gif
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To everyone who says this is ugly and they love the 5 design, go back to 2012 and have a look at the leaked images of the unannounced iPhone 5. Majority of comments said it was ugly and they wouldn't buy it. Go back two more years, the same with the leaked iPhone 4 design. Have a little faith people, and prepare yourself because in another two years yet another 'ugly' design will leak and everyone will say they want the 'perfect' iPhone 6 to stay around.

This time next year the iPhone 5 will look clunky and old. Trust me. Who looks at an iPhone 4 these days and admires the beauty and level of detail the same as they did when it was the flagship?
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Delusional. What screen mockups were in the keynote? Apple doesn't show mockups.

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Nice, but doesn't have that ultra-sophisticated look of the iPhone 4 or 5. Looks good but in a more causal sense.

The stripes top and bottom are obviously necessary so no sense in complaining about them. Would it look better without them? Sure.

 

The new design looks professional and sexy in this mockup from MacRumors:

 

 

I have faith Apple will polish the iPhone 6 off nicely.

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I could be wrong, but I believe the "strips" on the back that wrap around to the front near the top and bottom are where the antennae will be. Doesn't look like they are wrapping around the outside anymore. So definitely necessary :-)
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What's to happen to the 5C - will it grow into a 6C?

The 5C will likely hang around and replace the 4S as Apple's free on contract phone. A 6C likely won't arrive until next year.

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The 5C will likely hang around and replace the 4S as Apple's free on contract phone.

 

... and, hopefully, with some new colors.

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... and, hopefully, with some new colors.

 

I would assume Apple will treat the 5C like the iPods and update the colors at a minimum every 12 months.

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Really?

Ask any native American about trust issues...

VERY TRUE.

This is Apple. No matter what country their products are manufactured in. there's always gonna be people too excited to keep a secret.
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I think we are looking at the 4.7 which will have lower specs than that of the 5.5 version. Kinda like the 5C and 5S. 

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