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Old Jul 9, 2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell Shown in High-Quality Photos and Video




Over the past six weeks, we've seen a few photos and even a video of what has been claimed to be the actual rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, showing a nearly all-metal design with separate bands presumably to accommodate the antennas at the top and bottom.

Inside of rear shell
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MacRumors has now received a number of new photos and a video showing a similar version of the part. The first part comes via Feld & Volk [Facebook page], a Moscow-based company selling modified luxury versions of the iPhone. Feld & Volk says it has been working with the same factories that make spare parts for Apple products for more than six years, enabling it to get a head start on modifying the device for its customers. Feld & Volk has been using sapphire crystal on its high-end modified iPhones for several years, and says that its sapphire suppliers are the same ones Apple has begun working with more recently.

Bottom edge with holes for headphone jack and Lightning port - mic and speaker holes not yet cut
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The part is shown on video and in a number of high-quality images, showing detail of the complex internals of the rear shell to accommodate the various features of the device. The part is not quite complete, with some features such as the full set of camera/mic/flash holes yet to be punched out of the shell, and Feld & Volk notes that some of physical features such as a number of screw holes shown on the part are actually from the manufacturing process and would be removed in later steps of production as the part is cleaned up.

As seen on previous leaks, the Apple logo is cut out of the shell, unlike on current iPhone models. Some have speculated that Apple may looking to incorporate a lighted logo, but more likely the company is simply planning to use a durable embedded logo as it does on its iPad models. Embedding a logo make of a non-metal material would also give the device another radio-transparent window that could be used to improve reception.



Exterior of rear shell
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Feld & Volk speculates that the Apple logo could house a near field communications (NFC) antenna, but rumors have been split on whether the iPhone 6 will include that capability given Apple's emphasis on Bluetooth 4.0 for close-range communications and a long history of NFC iPhone rumors that have failed to come to fruition.

The photo of the rear of the shell also offers a decent view of the antenna breaks, with Feld & Volk noting that they appear to be made of a "non-conductive polymer" to insulate the different antennas from each other.


Left edge with holes for mute switch and volume buttons and right edge with SIM tray and hole for power button
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Photos of an essentially identical rear shell have also been shared with MacRumors by a separate source. The photos show a part in a darker gray than the Feld & Volk part, and even darker than the current space gray color used on the iPhone 5s. The part is in the same state of production, with temporary mounting screw holes still intact and only a single pilot hole for the rear flash.

Darker gray rear shell part
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The iPhone 6 is expected to launch around September of this year, with both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models supplanting the current 4-inch screen that has been the iPhone standard for the past several years. Rumors had suggested the 5.5-inch model might launch somewhat later than the 4.7-inch version, but more recent claims have pointed toward the possibility of a simultaneous debut.

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Old Jul 9, 2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 11:53 AM   #3
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Now that's what I'm talking about!
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 11:54 AM   #4
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What's with the Apple logo cutout? And round flash?
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I'm a big fan of this design....like the curves on the sides as opposed to the square design of the 5/5S.

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The band separator lines are big! Nooooooooooooooo
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from this, if those breaks are real and make it from production... looks like i'm going with a black iPhone.
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 11:55 AM   #8
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What's with the Apple logo cutout? And round flash?
Probably an antenna going there?
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 11:56 AM   #9
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What's with the Apple logo cutout? And round flash?
Additional antenna gap?
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 11:57 AM   #10
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The back/inside cutout for the Apple logo, looks like a few circular holes. I would have thought Apple would have even made that look better (even though you don't see it) and have the recessed area carved out in the shape of the Apple.
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I'm wondering what that hole on the back is for. The article assumes it's for the camera flash, but it seems way too much on the right compared to previous iPhones.

When you look at the inside of the shell, it also seems like a component should fit on the opposite side (upper right corner when looking from the back). Perhaps the camera will move to the right side?

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where are the holes for camera and flash? in the inside where i would locate those holes for camera and the flash, there is so much structure and even a mounting (dunno the correct word).
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Cutout Logo

Maybe for a light to light up when a call comes in, etc?
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Can't wait! I'm not sure if I'll line-up or not like I did with the iPhone 4. I got there to a store at 8 am, and there were only about 10-15 in front of me. It turned out there were basically only phones for one carrier and not for mine.
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I'm always interested in what music will be played in these videos...

And did he really have to give a replay of him inserting the SIM Tray? Lol
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so those ugly lines on the back are not placeholders after all...

Was really hoping for that rumour about "seamless integration of glass front with the aluminium back with a curved display" to come true but obviously this is the real deal. Someone snap this back with the numerous front panel leaks and we shall have our iPhone 6 fix for the year I think. I am kind of disappointed with the design, it's so conservative, so reminiscent of the 5S...
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Something tells me 5.5-inch version doesn't even exist.
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 12:02 PM   #18
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I'm wondering what that hole on the back is for. The article assumes it's for the camera flash, but it seems way too much on the right compared to previous iPhones.
It's actually in exactly the right spot...just looks funny without the other holes there.

Here's another view of the interior. Compare it to an iPhone 5s and you'll see it's in the same place.

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not blurry enough, it is fake people, nothing to see here
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I like it! Not blurry enough!
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Now make 3,7" version in this ultra thin case and we are sold.
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where are the holes for camera and flash? in the inside where i would locate those holes for camera and the flash, there is so much structure and even a mounting (dunno the correct word).
I mentioned in the article there are several screw holes inside the shell (including one right where the rear camera will go) from the manufacturing process. Those are later removed, and they can then cut the rest of the holes for camera and whatever.
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 12:08 PM   #23
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Guys, its clear that this is not a final part. I mean there aren't even speaker grills or holes for the camera and flash.
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 12:09 PM   #24
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I'm so excited for this. I hope it lives up to the hype. I just want it to be structurally sound.
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And so it begins, Let the next 2 months be braced upon these kind of leaks.

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