Have Manufacturing Plans for the iPhone 6 Been Leaked?
Followers of tech news rarely lack for rumors about upcoming Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) products. But lately, speculation and leaks that may reveal the iPhone 6 seem to be heating up. The latest leaks to hit the Internet involve photos of schematics and manufacturing molds that will allegedly be used to make the next iPhone. The photos are said to have come from a plant belonging to Foxconn, a manufacturer responsible for making many Apple products.
If the photos are real, they suggest that Apple will indeed increase the screen size on the next iPhone, probably to 4.7 inches. If that’s how it plays out, it would show that Apple is listening to customers who, according to a survey conducted by ChangeWave, are very interested in a larger iPhone, with 40 percent of customers saying they would probably buy one.
Most major Android phones already have screens larger than the iPhone’s current 4-inch display. Plenty of rumors indicate that Apple will release a 4.7-inch iPhone this fall, with a 5.5-inch iPhone to come sometime later. The reason for the staggered release of the two phones is rumored to be due to supply chain issues, rather than strategic planning.
But back to those leaked images. The photos, posted to the Chinese blogging site SinaWeibo and reported by GforGames, allegedly show detailed iPhone 6 chassis production assets. You can see technical schematics that describe what would end up being an extremely thin chassis (the outer shell and casing for the electronics in the device), with chamfered outer edges, just like in many recent iOS devices.