While there is always a high level of investor and consumer interest in every new iteration of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, the hype building up around the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6 is especially intense. Much of the buzz is centered on the next-generation iPhone models’ rumored increase in screen sizes. Multiple media outlets have reported rumors that the iPhone 6 will be available in two larger screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Apple’s current flagship iPhone 5S only has a 4-inch screen and many industry watchers are predicting that the introduction of two larger-screen models will drive an unprecedented increase in upgrades.
Although several purported renderings for the upcoming iPhones and images of mock-up models have emerged online, there has been an overall dearth of substantial component leaks for the iPhone 6, which seems to have only boosted the level of interest in the devices. Last week, Taiwanese pop star and race car driver Jimmy Lin posted images of what he claimed was a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to his personal Weibo account. Despite Lin’s claims, many industry commentators dismissed the device depicted in the photos as yet another mock-up model that was based on leaked design specifications.
However, several media outlets in Hong Kong are now backing Lin’s claim that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 he acquired is indeed genuine, reports GforGames. According to unnamed Apple employees cited by various Hong Kong media sources, the Cupertino-based company recently shipped multiple iPhone 6 beta testing units to various facilities around the world. The sources claimed that the device acquired by Lin is identifiable as genuine due to unspecified “unique particularities.” Besides confirming the authenticity of the leak, the sources also claimed that the iPhone 6 will feature a higher-resolution Quad High Definition (QHD) display.