Is this the new iPhone 6? 'Leaked' photos apparently show new Apple device ready to hit shelves
In the latest in a long run of Apple leaks, new photos have emerged that purport to show the un-boxing of a brand new iPhone 6.
The images, which cannot be independently verified, are certainly more convincing than some leaks we’ve seen in recent weeks.
There's not too long to go now until the anticipated iPhone 6 launch date of September 9, and it is thought the device could then hit the shelves by September 19.
These latest images show the phone and its packaging, apparently as it will come when it is ready for retail. The appearance of both phone and box are not far removed from what we’ve seen with previous iPhones – but with the expected larger 4.7” or 5.5” screen.
The images were provided to the technology news website Techradar, which quoted a source saying that they come from “an Apple beta tester”.
It shows the phone has again become quite radically thinner, while other features align closely to those (possibly) revealed in more minor leaks.
Techradar said the pictures come from a new source and that, as with all leaks, there will always be doubts as to how genuine they are. One close-up shows a range of apps on the “iPhone 6” home screen and, in particular, it seems a little odd that there is no mention of the much-vaunted new Health package.
What we do know about the new iPhone 6
A larger phone
Apple is expected to finally cave to the presumed demand for phones so big you have to dislocate your thumb to reach the top of the display, offering a 5.5” tall handset along with a 4.7” one.
There is some talk of delays over the larger device, but it is likely both will be announced on 9 September even if they don't hit the shelves at the same time.
iOS 8 has already been confirmed for an autumn launch and Apple has detailed the changes it will bring at length on its website.
Expect better use of iCloud with Photos, Messages to get voice clips and videos bringing it up to speed with Whatsapp, smarter keyboards, improved notifications and better connectivity between Apple devices
Also expect problems with one-handed use (there are still important buttons right at the top of the display, which could be hard to manipulate on a 5.5-inch handset).
The much-talked about sapphire displays will likely replace Gorilla Glass on iPhone 6, hopefully putting an end to scratched and cracked screens (they can withstand being jabbed with a sharp knife apparently).
A switch from glass to metal is expected for the body of the phone, again improving durability but hopefully not coming with an increase in weight.
The battery life to not be significantly better
As fast as Apple can improve battery life, the new energy-guzzling hardware and features it implements on each new phone limit it.
As such, there will probably be some improvement on how often you have to re-charge (every day is still pretty standard for iPhone 5S users) but don't expect a return to the glory days of charging your 3310 once a week.
13 megapixel camera
Apple has always left the other phone manufacturers to squabble over megapixels and has stuck with 8MP for quite a while now, but with the iPhone 6 it might finally make the jump, further improving the already impressive photo resolution.
Round-up by Christopher Hooton