Photos purportedly show 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' flex cables for volume & wake/sleep control

in iPhone edited July 2014
A new set of images out of the Far East published on Thursday supposedly show a trio of flex cables bound for the rumored 5.5-inch jumbo-sized version of Apple's "iPhone 6," as well as a set of unfinished micro-SIM card trays.

The images, posted to Taiwanese Apple blog Apple Club, show a batch of purported next-generation iPhone components, including flex cables for volume/mute actuators and wake/sleep controls, as well as a curiously long cable with unknown press fit connectors. Also published was a set of five micro-SIM card trays that share a similar design to Apple's current iPhone 5s parts.

The images are noteworthy because if they are legitimate, they represent one of the first major internal parts leaks for Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone. Thus far, most of the parts that have surfaced have been for an anticipated model with a 4.7-inch display.

Looking at the photo above, the components are very similar to the single one-piece audio/power flex cable found in Apple's iPhone 5s. If the part is legitimate, the company may have seen a need to break out the audio and sleep/wake functions onto two distinct cables, possibly due to an expected increase in size thanks to the rumored handset's 5.5-inch screen.

A closer inspection of the parts reveal the usual button actuators and switches alongside contacts for what will likely be the unit's vibration motor. It is unknown how Apple will arrange the parts, though it appears that the cable contains an infrared proximity sensor and camera mount, suggesting the sleep/wake button will indeed be located on the handset's right side.

The exact function of the third flex cable, pictured above, is unclear as it does not contain any obvious components. While speculation, the connector type and shape suggest the part is meant to transfer power and possibly limited control signals from a mating connector running from iPhone's power management circuitry, which are usually positioned near the bottom of the logic board.

Also included in the images are five SIM card trays, three of which are colored blue, likely because they are unfinished. If they are somehow legitimate, it would represent a striking new color option for Apple's flagship metal iPhone lineup. Apple does offer its current mid-range iPhone 5c in blue, but it's in plastic and comes in a much lighter shade than the pictured parts appear to show.

To date, there have been no rumors of a blue "iPhone 6," further calling into doubt the image. Apple's current high-end iPhone lineup comes in three colors: space grey, white, and gold, and the gold option debuted last year with the iPhone 5s.

Thursday's images add to photos of a "leaked" flex cable containing a Lightning connector, microphone and headphone jack that surfaced online last week. The overall design of that flex cable was largely similar to that of Apple's most recent iPhones, but had a few key differences including additional grounding plates and circuitry, and an unusually large headphone jack.


  • Reply 1 of 13
    I like how there's no ruler in the photo for scale, just the claim these are from the fabled 5.5" magic pink unicorn.
  • Reply 2 of 13
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member has cables inside!
  • Reply 3 of 13
    mejsricmejsric Posts: 153member
    And now.... iPhone 5.5" is now 80% real.. for me.
  • Reply 4 of 13

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  • Reply 5 of 13
    bugsnwbugsnw Posts: 717member
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  • Reply 6 of 13
    rolyroly Posts: 76member
    The article says micro SIM trays. The iPhone uses nano SIMs. Better edit the article!
  • Reply 7 of 13
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,369member


  • Reply 8 of 13
    adrayvenadrayven Posts: 460member
    Ok.. soooo.. how do we know these were not just pulled off some shelf? umm.. yeaaaah..
  • Reply 9 of 13
    Wow it's design looks quite an unique one, Apple products are always unique and out of the box that's the reason they are still on top, because they think from themselves they don't just copy ideas of others.

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  • Reply 10 of 13
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    adrayven wrote: »
    Ok.. soooo.. how do we know these were not just pulled off some shelf? umm.. yeaaaah..

    I'm sure they were. But they knew if they said 5.5", then all the rumored sites would eat it up.

    Show me several screens and cases like the 4.7", and I'll believe the 5.5" rumors. Until then- I'm yawning and the "leakers" attempts for clicks...
  • Reply 11 of 13
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,405moderator
    andysol wrote: »
    Show me several screens and cases like the 4.7", and I'll believe the 5.5" rumors. Until then- I'm yawning and the "leakers" attempts for clicks...

    There was one display panel posted:

    Hey 9to5mac uses the word 'purported' too. Seems to be a popular word.

    The appeal of the 5.5" would purportedly be more for women who want a tablet to fit in their handbags rather than guys with big paws. There's a woman here seems to like her Note:

    But she starts out saying the thing is utterly ridiculous and everybody thinks so when they see it and she had frustration trying to use it one-handed; she just happens to ignore those things now. There are other things that look ridiculous though like someone holding up an iPad to take a photo.

    The reason the iPad camera is used is people read books on the iPad and sometimes it's the only or best camera people have with them. Would people read a book or website on a phablet the same way they do with an iPad? You have the data connection due to the cellular but it's not nearly as comfortable to read on as an iPad but the iPad might not have cellular so you can't post online at all when out and about unless you have a cellular hotspot.

    The thing I worry about with Apple is that they turn into a company driven by shareholders and that they start to pander to market trends even when they are ridiculous trends instead of doing the 'right' thing. That being the tasteful thing that educates buyers into what they should want so they don't look stupid.


    Music bands don't survey potential fans and ask what subject they want a song about or what key it should be in. The music comes from what resonates most strongly with them. When they go mainstream, it's over for them because they lose their originality.

    Apple going to 4.7" isn't all that big of a deal beyond contradicting their old marketing but going into phablet territory is just playing into Samsung's hands.
  • Reply 12 of 13
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 4,056member

    It's Blue...

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  • Reply 13 of 13
    curtis hannahcurtis hannah Posts: 1,834member
    One thing to note is remember when 4.7 inch was a phablet? I miss those days.
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