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Leaked photos: is this the new iPhone 6?

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Tim Biggs

Fresh leaks: The apparent iPhone 6 with its retail packaging.

Fresh leaks: The apparent iPhone 6 with its retail packaging. Photo: Tech Radar

New images apparently leaked by an Apple tester appear to show a near-final iPhone 6, complete in its retail packaging.

While extensive and detailed leaks preceding an Apple launch is certainly nothing new, the iPhone 6 reports – including that the phone will be revealed on September 9 and released on September 19 – have been incredible in their frequency and detail.

The apparent iPhone 6.

The apparent iPhone 6. Photo: Tech Radar

If legitimate, these latest images – provided to Tech Radar – would seem to confirm several of the new phone's rumoured features, including:

An aluminium chassis

While the scuttlebutt was briefly that Apple's new phone would be covered entirely in glass, another rumour had it that the iPhone 6 would feature an aluminium and glass look, much like the one sported in these images.

The "leaked" retail packaging.

The "leaked" retail packaging. Photo: Tech Radar

Recently it was suggested the screen would be made of near-indestructible sapphire glass (a claim quickly diminished by analysts), but it's not possible to tell what kind of glass is pictured here.

A larger size

While the quality of these images makes a proper size a little tricky to deduce, the screen size relative to the unit's thickness and home button would seem to confirm the ever-present rumours of the iPhone 6 approaching or exceeding 5 inches.

The rumours, first published in March, have it that Apple will release two versions of the new phone, one with a screen of 4.7 inches and one of 5.5 inches. The current iPhone 5S has a 4-inch screen.

A slimmer look

Possibly facilitated by the overall larger dimensions, the iPhone 6 has been rumoured to be noticeably thinner than previous models while still improving on battery performance.

A report from Apple Insider suggests the smaller iPhone 6 will move a 15 per cent bump up in battery capacity over the iPhone 5S, while the larger 5.5-inch model will receive a 60 per cent bump. The battery for the larger phone would still be significantly smaller than that of the Samsung Galaxy S5 though, in an attempt to keep the iPhone 6 as slim as possible.

Tech Radar cautions that, as the source of the images is not previously known to the publication, it is "not saying with 100 per cent confidence" that the photos are authentic.

However, after putting them through testing to detect possible digital manipulation, it has "no reason" to believe they are fake.

One point of note that could work against the veracity of the images is the seeming lack of iOS 8.

The new mobile operating system is set to launch alongside the new phones, yet the home screen shown on the retail packaging appears very similar if not identical to that of iOS 7, and announced apps such as HomeKit and HealthKit are absent.

Further cause for scepticism are the raised volume buttons and visible bezel (the black border around the screen), both of which are inconsistent with previous reports.

Regardless of which rumours and reports turn out to be accurate, the one thing that appears to be certain is that this won't be the last iPhone 6 leak we see ahead of the expected September launch.

65 comments so far

  • Looks a lot like a white Samsung Galaxy 5

    Commenter
    SG5
    Date and time
    August 11, 2014, 12:26PM
    • Samsung will be remembered as the company that copied Apple.

      Commenter
      ij
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 12:33PM
    • Are we prepared to concede yet that Apple is deliberately "leaking" this information to generate hype before the launch as part of their marketing strat.

      So obvious.

      Commenter
      1933
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 12:42PM
    • It looks the same as any smart phone released in the last few years.
      Smart phones are no longer exciting....

      Commenter
      Doobie
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 12:43PM
    • "Samsung will be remembered as the company that copied Apple." - ij

      The 5.5 inch iPhone phablet, same class of phone as the Galaxy Note phablets, to be released soon after says hi.

      Commenter
      Steve T
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 1:02PM
    • @ Steve T:

      The entire product category of multi-touchscreen smartphones with no physical keyboard says hi.

      Commenter
      Dan
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 1:26PM
    • @Dan:
      But now the company that created the entire product category of smart devices is the one playing catch up.

      Commenter
      Steve T
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 2:11PM
    • 1993 - I doubt Apple are leaking information. These are typically leaked by the supply chain which Apple can't control completely.

      You can see the difference in their software (which is developed in house) - there are almost no leaks. Many at the recent developer conference were surprised by many of the announcements.

      Commenter
      Dale
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 2:24PM
    • @ Steve T:

      You would have a valid point if Samsung were able to demonstrate one single area in which their phones are better than Apple's other than screen size.

      It's like Kia claiming that Mercedes Benz are playing catch up because the Sportage has a larger windscreen than an E class. Laughable.

      Commenter
      Dan
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 2:56PM
    • @1933: I don't think there is any doubt about that.

      Commenter
      SC
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 3:09PM

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