Does This New Component Leak Confirm Apple’s 4.7-Inch iPhone 6?


The latest purported leak from Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) supply chain appears to offer the best evidence yet for a large-screen iPhone 6 device. While most of the previous leaks have involved computer renderings or aluminum molds for manufacturing iPhone 6 cases, the latest leaked images appear to show a genuine Apple iPhone 6 component.

Like many previous leaks, these images first appeared on Weibo, China’s popular microblogging website. Although it is impossible to derive precise measurements from the photos, the anonymous poster claims that the images show an LED backlight for a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 LCD display. As noted by Steve Hemmerstoffer from the French tech website, the part appears to be genuine based on its similarity to the backlight panel used in the iPhone 5S. Like the backlight panel used in the last generation iPhone, the flex cable is mounted on the bottom of the component. Although the flex cable is slightly shorter, the similarity in design suggests that the part was produced for an Apple product.

Besides the close up image of the backlight panel, the leaker also posted an image that shows the individual components used to make the backlight panel, as well as an image that shows a stack of fully assembled panels. As noted by Apple Insider, this is only the second major production part leak that has emerged from the Cupertino-based company’s supply chain this year, following the release of images last month that purported to show a front panel assembly for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. It should be noted that Apple’s suppliers seem to have a tighter control on leaks this year, since by this time last year there had already been several significant component leaks for the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.