Here’s More Evidence That Apple’s 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Is on the Way
Just in case you haven’t been keeping up on the latest iPhone rumors over the past several months, multiple media outlets and analysts have been predicting that Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next-generation iPhone 6 will be released in two larger screen sizes of 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. The screen size expansion is considered a major strategy shift for a company that has steadfastly resisted the overall smartphone market trend toward bigger, so-called “phablet” (phone-tablet hybrid) devices. While various unnamed supply chain leakers have produced some images of components for the 4.7-inch model, very little concrete evidence for the 5.5-inch model has emerged online, except for the occasional images of mock-up models that are used by iPhone case makers.
However, Apple’s overseas supply chain appears to have finally leaked some 5.5-inch iPhone 6 components. Well-connected Apple researcher Sonny Dickson recently supplied 9to5Mac with some exclusive photos of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6’s display components. While the LCD backlight component is not much to look at, it appears to be a genuine Apple part since it matches previously leaked images of a 4.7-inch backlight component, as well as the backlight component used in the iPhone 5S. The latest images also include a ruler that confirms the 5.5-inch screen size.
Although it is impossible to confirm the authenticity of the component with 100 percent certainty, it should be noted that Dickson has a reputation as a reliable source for Apple leaks. Last year, he acquired multiple components for Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models before the devices were publicly released.