A set of photos out of the Far East on Sunday reportedly give an up-close view of an assembled 4.7-inch display bound for Apple's "iPhone 6," complete with cover glass, mounting structures and flex cables.
The images from Apple.club.tw are said to be production versions of both black and white faceplate options, a color scheme that mirrors Apple's current iPhone 5s offerings. Sunday's photos are the first to show a complete screen unit containing cover glass and display.
Consistent with current rumors, the display features trimmed-down side bezels to accommodate the larger format 4.7-inch LCD, while the top and bottom "chin" and "forehead" areas with holes for Touch ID and ear speaker/sensor package are also slightly modified. The new bezel widths are most apparent with the white version.
Moving to the rear, the part appears to have a complete display package with backlight installed, as seen by the protective film covering most of the panel. A central QR code and serial number are left revealed for what is thought to be manufacturing and quality control purposes. Missing is the usual electromagnetic shielding that has in the past been attached directly to the faceplate. It is possible that the metal plate will be added on during a later stage of production, or Apple may have rejiggered the phone's internal design to marry the component with the rear chassis.
A pair of flex cables are clearly seen jutting out from the display's top section, a design consistent with current and past iPhone models. The connectors themselves are noticeably different from the iPhone 5s, which are smaller and extend farther away from the display body. Also seen on both the flex cables and a nearby QR code patch are Apple logos.
Apple is expected to debut its next iPhone this fall, with recent reports claiming the company is planning to unveil the handset at a special media event on Sept. 9. Many have forecast Apple to launch both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models for 2014, though production issues may be holding up the larger "phablet" device.