Sunday, April 13, 2014, 03:14 pm PT (06:14 pm ET)
Rumor: Photos of iPhone 6 manufacturing molds, schematics leak onlineA set of photos published to the Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo on Sunday allegedly show detailed schematics, CAD renderings and physical manufacturing molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone.
Source: Sina Weibo via GforGames
The pictures, posted to Sina Weibo, depict highly detailed iPhone 6 chassis production assets and are said to have originated at a plant belonging to Apple partner manufacturer Foxconn, reports GforGames.
As seen above, one photo of purported iPhone 6 technical schematics shows an extremely thin chassis design with a tapered design and what appears to be chamfered edges, a design flourish used in Apple's most recent products.
The overall look of the phone seems to be consistent with the iPhone range, with a display cutout surrounded by thin bezels and larger top and bottom areas for functional components like a Touch ID-equipped home button and FaceTime camera.
A second photo offers 3D renderings of the supposed chassis mold, while additional images show the mold itself. Without a current iPhone 5s or 5c in the photo for scale, it is impossible to determine the approximate chassis size these molds yield.
The unconfirmed leaks follow a growing pile of pictures associated with Apple's East Asian supply chain, the most recent being questionable shots of an iPhone 6 body.
Apple is believed to be prepping two iPhone models for its 2014 product refresh, both of which boast larger displays than current models. According to a roadmap from reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company will release a 4.7-inch version as an iPhone 5s replacement, while a 5.5-inch iteration is to be marketed as a high-end "phablet" device.
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