The increasing level of hype surrounding Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) expected release of two new larger-screen iPhone models is gearing up to make the iPhone 6 launch one of the most anticipated product debuts in the Cupertino-based company’s history. According to rumors reported by multiple media outlets, the iPhone 6 will be available in a 4.7-inch screen size and a 5.5-inch screen size. 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 spike in upgrades.
Prominent analysts such as Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty have predicted that the upcoming iPhone 6 launch could be the biggest in Apple’s history. According to Huberty’s supply chain sources, sales for the iPhone 6 are expected to be 20 percent higher than last year’s iPhone 5S launch, reports Apple Insider. Although the larger of the two iPhone 6 models is expected to come with a $100 premium, a consumer survey recently conducted by Raymond James suggested that many iPhone users are willing to pay extra money for a 5.5-inch iPhone, reports MarketWatch.
Adding to the iPhone 6 hype is a relative dearth of component leaks compared to last year, when multiple leaked images of casings and other components emerged before the release of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Most of the leaks that have surfaced this year have concerned the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model. However, in lieu of the genuine iPhone components that he was able to obtain last year, well-connected Apple researcher Sonny Dickson recently posted images of what appears to be mock-ups of the two rumored iPhone 6 models. Although it is not likely that these images depict actual working iPhones, the dimensions and design elements of the models are based on previously leaked renderings and other information.
The models shown in the images posted by Dickson align with previous rumors about the iPhone 6 design, including rounder casing edges, narrower bezels, and a power button that has been moved to the side. Not surprisingly, both devices also feature the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that made its debut on the iPhone 5S.
Like previously leaked iPhone 6 renderings, the new images also show that the aperture for the camera flash has returned to the circular design found on the iPhone 5, rather than the oval “pill-shaped” design that was introduced on the iPhone 5S with the True Tone flash. On the other hand, both iPhone 6 models are lacking the Apple logo cutout that has been seen in most other leaks.
Although it is extremely doubtful that these mock-ups were made with genuine Apple components, the appearance of these models appears to be based on the best available information. It should be noted that Dickson established a reputation as a reliable source for Apple leaks last year, when he was able to obtain many genuine components for Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C before the devices were released last September. Apple fans will find out if Dickson’s latest information was correct when the next-generation iPhone models launch sometime this fall.
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