When it comes to pure rumors of silly schematics of the next iPhone magically falling into the hands of little blogging sites, I cringe. Then there are the rumors that could fall into the big "maybe" camp. Today, iPhon.fr (France) found a unique photo of a plausible next generation iPhone faceplate showing a much wider design. Is it the real deal? That's for time to tell, though the dimensions would seem to be right for a larger iPhone. Unless Apple has a new radical design in the wind to surprise us all with, the rumored photo has to be considered.
In the photo, we're seeing a shipping area of a plant and a pallet of new faceplates. One of the guys in the photo appears to have slit a little hole in the shipping wrap in order to take out one sample for a quick photo of the faceplate. They compare the new faceplate dimensions against a current iPhone 5S. We know from other reports that Apple has begun production early for the iPhone 6 and that's what gives this photo some legitimacy.
Last September we posted a report titled "Apple Passing on a larger iPhone Display still a Head Scratcher." We were one of the only Apple sites to basically say that Apple missed the boat on an iPhone with a larger display and an in-house presentation slide revealed in court last week clearly shows that Apple acknowledges that it's a trend that's winning in the market.
Here's a translation of the opening line of the French report:
Is this latest photo of an iPhone 6 the real deal? Only in hindsight will we know the answer to that question, but it's a good head-fake if it's not. What are your thoughts on this photo?
Update 3:57 AM: Laurent of iPhone.fr contacted us moments ago with another photo estimating the display size for this faceplate to be 4.7 inches which is one of the rumored iPhone sizes. Thanks a lot (Merci beaucoup) Laurent.
Side Note: The US Patent and Trademark Office as of 3:40 PST has yet to release the graphics for today's granted patents. Our report(s) will be posted later this morning when the graphics arrive.