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In the months leading up to the introduction of the iPhone 6 last September, Moscow-based luxury modified iPhone company Feld & Volk shared a wealth of information about the device, starting with high-quality photos and video of a rough rear shell and moving on to individual components like the embedded Apple logo and protruding rear camera.

Later on, the company was able to obtain nearly all of the parts for the iPhone 6, including the logic board that revealed such details as an NFC chip, Qualcomm LTE modem, and a base 16 GB storage option.

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Feld & Volk's iPhone 6 built from parts shown booting to "Connect to iTunes" screen

Eventually, Feld & Volk was even able to build a working device from the parts, supporting theories the device would include a 1334 x 750 display, which were ultimately proven correct.

Many MacRumors readers are anxiously awaiting part leaks from the next-generation "iPhone 6s" expected to debut around the usual September timeframe, and while the device is expected to be visually nearly identical to the current models given Apple's pattern of iPhone designs, there will undoubtedly be some improvements and other changes any upcoming part leaks will help us identify.

Ahead of those part leaks, we spoke with Feld & Volk's Alexander Volkov about his background, the company's history and products, and the difficulties in offering luxury products built around Apple's designs.


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flyinmac

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A gambling game it seems. Could be quite costly to invest r&d into a design and have Apple surprise you with something different.

Great for them that it has worked out so far :)
 

inscrewtable

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Leaking parts is a sure fire way to get Apple to cooperate in the future with access to new models before release. <face palm>
 
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Mr Fusion

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Ugly. Looks like you cannot buy good taste with money.
They need to break the staleness and predicability of only releasing a new exterior design every other year. When I saw the 6's design, I knew it would be at least two years before I would consider a new iPhone. Some people obviously like it, but for me the only way it looks good is if you put a case over it.

The last quality looking design (antenna issues aside) was the 4. Since then, iPhone looks like it's being engineered to look as "flat" and cheap as possible. The 7 will probably remove the rubber lines and simply be a single milled block of al-you-minium, completing the transformation to become as minimalist as possible.
 

PowerBook-G5

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They need to break the staleness and predicability of only releasing a new exterior design every other year. When I saw the 6's design, I knew it would be at least two years before I would consider a new iPhone. Some people obviously like it, but for me the only way it looks good is if you put a case over it.

The last quality looking design (antenna issues aside) was the 4. Since then, iPhone looks like it's being engineered to look as "flat" and cheap as possible. The 7 will probably remove the rubber lines and simply be a single milled block of al-you-minium, completing the transformation to become as minimalist as possible.

I believe that he was referring to the ugliness of the modified phones, with the disgusting looking prints and tacky logos and lights.
 
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cloudyo

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As a news site you could have asked why the site was offline for about a month and upon returning online no apple logos are showing anywhere on the site. That is something I would have been interested in.
 

H2SO4

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I believe that he was referring to the ugliness of the modified phones, with the disgusting looking prints and tacky logos and lights.
No he/she wasn’t. Must have read my mind too.
The 6 is butt ugly, period.

It’s impossible to draw your eyes away from the impossibly thick antenna breaks and the protruding compromise of a rear camera. From the front, a nice device but seriously can anybody tell me it wouldn’t look better with fine lines and a flush camera?
 

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They need to break the staleness and predicability of only releasing a new exterior design every other year. When I saw the 6's design, I knew it would be at least two years before I would consider a new iPhone. Some people obviously like it, but for me the only way it looks good is if you put a case over it.

The last quality looking design (antenna issues aside) was the 4. Since then, iPhone looks like it's being engineered to look as "flat" and cheap as possible. The 7 will probably remove the rubber lines and simply be a single milled block of al-you-minium, completing the transformation to become as minimalist as possible.
Sure if you believe the iPhone 7 will be engineered to have no cell reception
 

rkoshack

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Anyone remember approximately when this company started leaking details last year? Wondering when we'll start seeing actual pics and info on leaked parts.
 

darkknight14

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For me the iPhone 6 is my least favourite of products design. It's curvy for no apparent reason (unless I am missing something).

iPhone 5/5s was great!
 
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teslo

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The last quality looking design (antenna issues aside) was the 4. Since then, iPhone looks like it's being engineered to look as "flat" and cheap as possible. The 7 will probably remove the rubber lines and simply be a single milled block of al-you-minium, completing the transformation to become as minimalist as possible.

people who herald the 4 as the best iPhone design obviously don't mind solid brick glass phones.. myself, i was psyched to upgrade to the 5s, even if it was space gray instead of black.
 

Edgar Spayce

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The last great iphone design was also the last one Steve Jobs worked on: the Iphone 5.

The first iphone was perfect (design was), the 3G/S not so great as it was bulky and it's curves ugly, the 4/S is notoriously the most ugly with it's outside band.

While the original format of the iPhone 5 was better and made more sense (look at rumors and prototype made by BGS), the iPhone 5 ended being the perfect black monolith which is a nice departure for Jobs.

THEN with the 5S, as many other things, design went to **** at Apple with these brand of ugly color set: silver which is not great nor clear, space gray is crappy and is not black and golden is for Paris Hilton like couch potatoes, and all these shiny linings around the home button and bezel.

The Iphone 6 has the perfect thinness but is the most disapointed iteration which design alone almost made me switch to Nexus 5: it's too much rounded, especially the front screen, those ugly antenna are completely unnecessary as a design cue, the protuberant camera is annoying and as I said, I can't stand these ugly colors.

So I really hope for a stock monolith or process black Iphone 6S black with an integrated camera (they have to urgently upgrade it) and no shiny curve BS
 

cocky jeremy

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The last great iphone design was also the last one Steve Jobs worked on: the Iphone 5.

The first iphone was perfect (design was), the 3G/S not so great as it was bulky and it's curves ugly, the 4/S is notoriously the most ugly with it's outside band.

While the original format of the iPhone 5 was better and made more sense (look at rumors and prototype made by BGS), the iPhone 5 ended being the perfect black monolith which is a nice departure for Jobs.

THEN with the 5S, as many other things, design went to **** at Apple with these brand of ugly color set: silver which is not great nor clear, space gray is crappy and is not black and golden is for Paris Hilton like couch potatoes, and all these shiny linings around the home button and bezel.

The Iphone 6 has the perfect thinness but is the most disapointed iteration which design alone almost made me switch to Nexus 5: it's too much rounded, especially the front screen, those ugly antenna are completely unnecessary as a design cue, the protuberant camera is annoying and as I said, I can't stand these ugly colors.

So I really hope for a stock monolith or process black Iphone 6S black with an integrated camera (they have to urgently upgrade it) and no shiny curve BS

You're crazy. Most people liked the 4/4s the most.
 
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