Apple's iPhone 6 bodyshell has been spotted in the wild for the first time
We’ve seen plenty of leaks of the iPhone 6 dummies doing the rounds in recent weeks, but now what’s allegedly an actual piece of bodywork from a genuine iPhone 6 has turned up on video.
The video comes via Japanese Apple news site MacOtakara and shows the Apple iPhone 6 back plate alongside the aforementioned dummies. The presence of what appears to be a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 dummy shows the shell is from the 4.7-inch model, and all these bits are shown next to an iPhone 5S for comparison purposes.
The rumour mill is now saying that Apple’s iPhone 6 models are going into production, with a launch being expected in September, that’d be in-line with previous years and also with Apple’s announcement at WWDC 2014, where it said iOS 8 will arrive in “the fall” – traditionally new iOS builds have debuted on new iPhone models.
Some sources suggest September 19 is the date to watch. We’ve also moved from expecting the iPhone 6, aka iPhone Air, 4.7-inch model to arrive on its own first, followed by the 5.5-inch phablet later in the year – now most sources, including prominent ones such as Bloomberg, suggest both will arrive together, so we should be seeing both iPhones on September 19.
Not much else is shown in the video, but consistent rumours suggest an upgraded Apple A8 chipset and a display resolution which will keep a high pixel density. It’s also thought we could see Sapphire Glass covering the whole display panel. Many of the new features have already been hinted at during Apple’s WWDC keynote, as the company has opened up Touch ID to developers to allow for wider use of the fingerprint scanner in security and payment applications and services. Additionally we’ve seen the purchase of Beats Audio by the Cupertino giant, suggesting music services will be emphasised on the new handset and iOS software.