With only a few days to go until Apple finally unveils its next-generation iPhone, it was only a matter of time until someone gave us an early glimpse at the final device actually turned on and working.
And of course, the leak comes from China. A Weibo forum user today uploaded several photos and a short video of what looks to be a working 4.7-inch iPhone 6 alongside an iPhone 5S, MacRumors reports (via Chinese news site cnBeta).
The device matches the most recent leaks we’ve seen, which assembled a near-complete iPhone 6 with a variety of leaked components. It’s also unlikely that these videos are fakes, since it shows off iOS 8 flawlessly. The phone also includes some logical upgrades that we’d expect from a bigger iPhone, like space for an extra row of icons on your home screen.
Notably, the photos also show off a revamped icon for Apple’s Passbook app, which adds a new line and a tiny image of a coffee cup. That buoys rumors that Apple will be making a big mobile payments play with the iPhone 6, likely with NFC integration (according to our sources).
Another user on the Chinese video sharing site MiaoPai has also uploaded several videos showing off what appears to be the iPhone 6 in action (I recommend lowering your volume when playing these videos):
As for iWatch news, it looks like Apple already has developers working on smartwatch apps, 9to5Mac reports. That’s not too surprising, as any new piece of hardware is only as good as the software ecosystem around it. And after the iPhone’s App Store ended up exploding, and competitors like Pebble are already courting developers, I’m sure Apple wouldn’t waste any time getting third-party apps ready for the iWatch.
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