Chinese website CTechnology posted a couple of leaked photos of the iPhone 6 on Weibo yesterday. The images showcase the frames of the large-screen iPhone 6. It's much larger and thinner than the iPhone 5S, in line with the latest media reports. Earlier this week, sources told Korean website ETNews that the iPhone 6 will be just 6mm thick. It the reports are true, it will be the world's slimmest smartphone, beating the Huawei Ascend P6, which is 6.18mm thick.
Leaked iPhone 6 images may be dubious
There have been reports that the iPhone 6 will come in two screen sizes, 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch. The thin frame in the leaked images can't be ruled out in the age of iPad Air. However, the leaked images have not been verified by any credible source, and CTechnology itself doesn't have an exceptional track record with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices.
MacRumors has expressed skepticism over the authenticity of these images. The leaked photos appear dubious in nature for two reasons. One, the above image appears to be of the midframe, which was found in older iPhone models. With the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been using a unibody real shell design to make the devices thinner. The Cupertino-based company is unlikely to go for a midframe design as the company is focusing on making the iPhone 6 thinner. Two, accommodation for the headphone jack is given at the same end where the device's real camera is likely to be placed. With the iPhone 5, the company has shifted the headphone jack to the bottom edge. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is unlikely to go back to older fashion.
iPhone 6 to be manufactured by Pegatron?
In another development, the Liberty Times reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans to give Taiwan's Pegatron Corporation (TPE:4938) a contract to manufacture half of the iPhone 6. Pegatron Corporation (TPE:4938) already produces the iPhone 5C and iPad Mini for the Cupertino-based tech giant. The Taiwanese company is building a new manufacturing plant in Kunshan near Shanghai to assembles the iPhones. The plant will be in operation by June 2014, as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is likely to release the iPhone 6 in September.
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