Friday, August 15, 2014, 07:22 pm PT (10:22 pm ET)
Sketchy report claims photos show 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6L' display, logic board and 2,915mAh batteryA highly questionable report out of the Far East on Friday includes photos of what are claimed to be parts from Apple's rumored 5.5-inch "iPhone 6," including a display and logic board curiously similar to "leaked" components associated with a rumored 4.7-inch model.
Citing the usual "reliable sources," Taiwanese Apple blog Apple Daily says the images show three components bound for Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone, which some predict will launch alongside — or shortly after — a new 4.7-inch version of the smartphone. The publication's sources refer to the phablet as the "iPhone 6L."
However, even a cursory inspection of the photos reveals two parts, the display and logic board, are nearly identical to those pictured in previous reports related to the smaller of Apple's next-gen handsets.
With the display, architectural elements like screw bosses, circuit board anchors and circuitry are placed in the exact locations as a part revealed last week. In addition, flex cables are of the same size, located in the same position and feature proportionally sized connectors as the supposed 4.7-inch variant.
It is highly unlikely that a 4.7-inch iPhone would share the same layout with a sized-up 5.5-inch model, while at the same time sporting different sized connectors.
As for the logic board, this part too lines up perfectly with a component unearthed yesterday, complete with identical EMI shields, fastener holes and connector design.
The report does, however, contain one never-before-seen part in a 2,915 mAh battery, which could feasibly be bound for Apple's jumbo-sized handset. Produced by known Apple partner supplier Huizhou Desay, the battery'a capacity is much larger than the 1,800 mAh unit seen in a supposed leak associated with the 4.7-inch variant. By comparison, the current iPhone 5s uses a 1,500 mAh battery, while Motorola's 4.7-inch Moto X boasts a 2,200 mAh part.
Although the battery is a possible fit for Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone, not much is known about the phablet device. Most recently, photos of alleged wake/sleep flex cables and volume controls hit the Web in July.
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