'iPhone 6 Frame' Shown in New Photos Unlikely to Be Genuine

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier today, Chinese site C Technology posted a pair of photos of what was claimed to be an internal frame for Apple's next-generation iPhone, a device said to be carrying a display measuring at least 4.7 inches, significantly larger than the current 4-inch standard for Apple's most recent iPhones. The photos were picked up by GizChina.com and have since made their way to increasingly prominent sites expressing varying degrees of skepticism about their authenticity.

    While we had initially decided to refrain from posting the images due to their extremely dubious nature, their increasing visibility today bears addressing. For a number of reasons, including several outlined here, we believe that the part shown in these images is not legitimate.

    - The part appears to be a midframe such as that found in earlier iPhone models, allowing components to be attached to both sides of the part before being enclosed in the device's shell. Apple did away with midframe components as of the iPhone 5, opting for a unibody rear shell design that allows components to be mounted directly to the shell, yielding a thinner design. A return to a design requiring a midframe part would seem unlikely given Apple's emphasis on thinness.

    - The frame seems to show accommodation for a headphone jack at the same end of the device where a circular feature presumably corresponding to the device's rear camera is positioned, undoubtedly the top end. With the shift to the narrower Lightning connector in the iPhone 5, Apple shifted the location of the iPhone's headphone jack to the bottom edge of the device, matching the position seen on the iPod touch since its launch and allowing the headphone cable to naturally fall so as to not interfere with viewing of the device's screen. Moving the headphone jack back to the top edge of the device for the iPhone 6 appears unlikely, though not impossible.

    In the face of those apparent inconsistencies with Apple's design direction, there is essentially no evidence in favor of this part being from an iPhone, leaving only the original poster's claim as support. The part is rather unremarkable with what appears to be fairly poor finish quality, meaning that it could be from one of any number of devices in the Asian supply chain.

    Article Link: 'iPhone 6 Frame' Shown in New Photos Unlikely to Be Genuine
  2. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
  3. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    iPhone 6 here we come.

    At this point, it's pretty clear that it will get the (iPod Touch-iPad Air-iPad Mini)-Styling.
  4. ironsienna macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    If that's genuine, then Apple innovates my ass in the end...
  5. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Upon first look, this feels more like Samsung or HTC.
  6. MiniTim, Jan 8, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2014

    MiniTim macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2014
    This is so fake it's astonishing you guys fell for this.

    To add on this, Samsung has been making their phones with the headphone jack at the top like this for quite some time. If you look at some of their recent phones you see the exact same style. Besides that, this doesn't look like any Apple part I've ever seen. All the holes in the side indicate that there goes a case around this, presumably plastic, like with Samsungs phones. This doesn't use Apple's antenna design, I highly doubt that they WON'T use it in their new iPhone. Also there is no place for the lightning port.

    And above all, WHY would Apple move the headphone port back up on top of the device?!

    Poor effort Macrumors, just some crappy click bait.
  7. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    How so? Those devices never had a similar design, no reason to start now.
  8. Steve at Jobs macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2012

    This looks like Samsung Galaxy S5. Not buying this rumor.:cool:
  9. SilverL macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Calm down.
    They clearly executed a takedown based on evidence and logic, but posted it due to it being circulated all over.

    Macrumors is the first port of call for some people, and they felt responsibility to address it without a link-baity article.
  10. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Wow seriously? Did you even read a single sentence in the article??? How about the title??
  11. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  12. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    Yeah, Apple will not use the same form factor, again. No more bricks. If they don't use that tear-drop design that was floating around a while back, or at least add some curves or something to it, I think the design will become stale. Also, I for one DO NOT want too thin. Less battery and easier to break. At some point, there needs to be a limit on the thinness trying to be achieved. I want something that has some girth, not necessarily more weight, but it has to have a nice feel.
  13. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    It's painfully obvious that you didn't read the article. Poor effort on your end.
  14. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Yep, Business Insider is already running with these photos.
  15. OC40 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    Irvine, CA
    You obviously didn't read a word.
  16. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    So if they don't use a design that you like the design will become stale. OK.
  17. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    Surely this is hardly worth mentioning as a story?
  18. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    Read the article. Because this is getting more posts elsewhere and reported as genuine by some rumour sites, MR felt the need to debunk the myth. Saves people emailing in saying that MR should pick up the story.

    They've done this for a number of years now, I don't understand what's so confusing.
  19. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    Thankfully we have newbies like you to correct us. </sarcasm>
  20. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    debunking a story is still news. why is this an issue for you?
  21. anubis72 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2004
    I don't care what it IS or IS NOT, can we at least be SURPRISED by the next iPhone? FOR ONCE? :mad: It's like the relative that insists on telling you what they got you for your birthday. Every. Damn. Year.
  22. MonsieurA macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2014
    That's why it's in the SIDEBAR, unless you're viewing it on the mobile version.
  23. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
  24. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    You're right! Computers always had CD drives, why should we remove them now?!?! I am amazed by some people's poor arguments.

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