Speculation and rumors about Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming iPhone 6 models have been growing as the expected September launch date draws nearer. This week in particular saw several intriguing iPhone 6 rumors emerge. Some of the iPhone 6 rumors circulating this week originated from media outlets that cited their own exclusive insider sources, while other rumors were derived from information that was posted on the Internet by anonymous supply chain leakers. Here are four major iPhone 6 rumors making the rounds this week.
1. New iPhone 6 renderings reveal screen size
The source: A series of renderings that appeared to give the dimensions for Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 surfaced on China’s Wei Feng website. Although the renderings were technically posted last Saturday, the leak was not widely reported until early this week. The website claimed that the renderings were obtained from “informed sources.” Several industry watchers believe the renderings may have been leaked from a Foxconn facility. Assuming the renderings are genuine, it appears that one of the iPhone 6 models will be 138 millimeters (5.43 inches) long and 67 millimeters (2.63 inches) wide, which would give the device enough surface area to feature a 4.7-inch screen.
Besides revealing the dimensions for one of the iPhone 6 models, the renderings also showed several other design changes, including rectangular volume control buttons, a power button on the right hand side, and a circular flash aperture. The renderings also appeared to show a cutout of an Apple logo, which suggests that the next-generation iPhone could include an illuminated logo on the back casing.
The background: In January, The Wall Street Journal cited insider sources that reported that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 would be available in two larger screen sizes. According to the sources, one model will feature a screen size larger than 4.5 inches and the other will have a phablet-sized screen that is larger than 5 inches. Other media outlets have reported similar rumors and most sources peg the screen size of the smaller model at around 4.7 inches, while the larger-screen model is believed to feature a screen size around 5.5 or 5.6 inches. It should also be noted that the latest leaked renderings are similar, but not identical, to renderings that were posted on UkrainianiPhone last month.