The Biggest Apple Inc. iPhone 6 Photo Leak Yet? This Phone May Be a Game-Changer

As the rumored fall launch date for Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPhone 6 line approaches, leaks and rumors continue to ramp up. While this week brought us a handful of news about the iPhone 6 to chew on, one report in particular may finally give consumers a good idea of what the phone may look like.

If you haven't been following the rumors and leaks surrounding Apple's iPhone 6, here's a brief summary. The next-generation lineup will supposedly come in two versions: one with a 4.7-inch display and a one sporting a phablet-like 5.5-inch screen. The display will likely be made from sapphire crystal, a display that is said to be more resistant to scratches (though some reports suggest only the phablet iPhone 6 will use this new glass). Other potential improvements include a faster processor, improved camera, and possibly new haptic feedback technology.

While all of these leaks and rumors are nice, investors know that design -- especially when Apple launches a phone with an entirely new form-factor -- will be likely be key consumers' decision to upgrade to the latest iPhone or not.

So, does the design live up to the Apple standard? Fortunately, we might finally be able to judge the design for ourselves.

Check it out:

Alleged leaked 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rear casing. The part was first shared by Feld & Volk. Image source: MacRumors

With rounded corners and an increasingly sleek form-factor, the design resembles the approach to the iPad Air and iPad mini. The leak comes from Feld & Volk, a Moscow-based company that says, for six years now, it has been working with the same factories that supply parts for Apple products. Notably, the leaked part appears to be incomplete, "with some features such as the full set of camera/mic/flash holes yet to be punched out of the shell," MacRumors notes.

Alleged leaked 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rear casing. Image source: MacRumors

But could the part be the real deal? I reached out to MacRumors Editor in Chief Eric Slivka for comment.

Understanding that these are unfinished pieces, I suspect that they are in fact the real deal. The complexity of the interior of the shell means it would be quite an undertaking to fake it.

Thanks to designers Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino, we can examine a rendering of what the finished version of an iPhone 6 with casing like this might look like.

iPhone 6 concept renderings. Image source: Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino

Best of all for Apple investors, this leak is more confirmation that Apple is, indeed, readying iPhones with larger displays. Further, it's good to see that Apple's iPhone 6 is likely to offer a significant departure form the form-factor used in the iPhone 5 and the 5s, giving consumers more reason to upgrade. Historically, Apple has seen a large percentage of users upgrade when the form-factor for the iPhone lineup is improved.

ISI analyst Brian Marshal is among the growing number of analysts expecting a "massive upgrade cycle" for the device thanks to a larger display. Further, he predicts "many 'Android switchers' returning back to the iPhone" due to the pent-up demand for displays measuring around five inches.

I'm increasingly convinced that the iPhone 6 will be a game-changer.

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  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 12:29 PM, pj4321 wrote:

    "Game Changer"? To me the introduction of 7" tablets and phablet phones were the game changers a few years back. Apple so far did not create anything new other than a media buzz with bloggers like yourself. Yes lots of people will listen to the hype but unless the iPhone 6 really introduces something other than a larger phone, then I'm increasingly convinced that the iPhone 6 will be novelty that will eventually fade...In the meantime, I'll enjoy watching those people standing in those long lines...maybe they'll be a gold colored version...did I just create another buzz? lol

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 1:22 PM, Oldfool103 wrote:

    Check the profit line on competing financial statements. The form may have changed; but the game remains the same. Larger pockets for the hipsters' Levi's, larger profits for Apple, and a smaller slice of pie for Samsung. That's about it. Lol, lol.

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 2:40 PM, ectogamit wrote:

    Since they have a similar release date. This article makes me really want to buy the Note 4.

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 3:04 PM, ErikEriksen wrote:

    "Historically, Apple has seen a large percentage of users upgrade when the form-factor for the iPhone lineup is improved."

    what tripe... most users upgraded when a new model was released. It sounds like the author is trying to inject hype and "excitement" into the guesses he writes about. And still the apple slice CONTINUES to fall...

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 3:07 PM, BruceG wrote:

    A security expert predicts that Google Malware will decline because a significant Android users will be fleeing to iOS for iPhone. What do you think?

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 5:27 PM, vernr75 wrote:

    So, let me see if I get this - Apple pundits are actually expecting many Android users to discard their devices and switch to an iPhone simply because Apple finally increased the screen size? Really?

    Do you know that the biggest complaint among smartphone users is that of battery life? It's not screen size. I've been perusing some of the latest battery test results and the one thing that stands out is that all those new Android devices, from expensive to inexpensive, have been substantially raising the bar on battery life. Meanwhile, the last iPhone 6 rumor literally confirmed what I have been saying all year long - that the iPhone 6 will have the same inadequate battery life as previous iPhones, thanks to being too thin to support larger capacity batteries. That's the price of pointless aesthetics.

    So you guys will have me believe that, with the market now driven by concerns about battery life, folks are going to make a mad dash for the one remaining high end device with the poorest battery life simply because it finally has a similar sized screen as their last phone...

    LMAO! Go back to the drawing board, fellas. You don't grasp the underlying psychology. When you've adapted your usage patterns to good battery life and therefore increase your usage of these phones, you can't just switch to a phone with poor battery life and not notice that you've suddenly become a wall hugger again. The newest Androids now let folks make heavy use of their phones all day long. The iPhone is not being engineered to replicate that. Instead, it's being made from the outside inward, with aesthetics trumping much needed hardware improvements in battery capacity. I wouldn't be surprised if the iPhone 6 became the last straw for some iPhone users who want better battery life but can't get it because Apple prefers to concentrate on thinness. They may go for real improvements in battery life and drop the iPhone, big screen or not.

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 5:30 PM, 3dpenguin wrote:

    Sorry, but until I see the hardware specs I will not call game changer. All the new sapphire screen is for is so they no longer have to use Gorilla Glass, it probably is nothing more than Gorilla Glass produced specifically for them by some other company, just like the Retina Display is nothing more than a high pixel density display with a cool name. As with all of their predecessors to this phone since the Smart Phone war started, this will probably be antiquated technology compared with everything else coming out around the same time, but is an upgrade to the previous model.

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 6:08 PM, never2dull4u wrote:

    The only product differentiation between an Android and iOS is the larger size screen and OS. Android does not have what the iPhone has......64bit and Touch ID. Game Set Match!

    I have NEVER waited in long line for an iPhone before. I currently own an iPhone 4. Yes, I will definitely be in line for the 6.

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 6:19 PM, webguy76 wrote:

    pj4321, you took the words right out of my mouth. What exactly is a game changer? Every iPhone has been a "game changer", but each incarnation is basically just catching up to the 3-5 Android and Windows devices that have been out for sometimes 6 months already.

    Have you ever seen a struggling restaurant hang a banner that says "UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!"? You don't see those too much anymore because it sort of represents that the previous management was failing, thus the need for "new management". I get that same impression from people when they say the new iPhone is a game changer, like the old one is, well old and out of date and needs to get with the times.

    In my opinion, the Galaxy Note line, the new HTC One, and the Galaxy S5 are the true "game changers". Better battery, bigger screen, better (more customizable, less restrictive) OS, better camera, the list goes on and on.

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 9:01 PM, zorian wrote:

    Game changer? Apple is just catching up with where everyone else was two years ago. They didn't get to LTE until two years after everyone else was using it. Now they get to screen sizes that everyone else had two years ago. Yes, the saphire screen is nice. Good idea. Not a game changer, mostly because almost anyone who isn't stupid would settle for Gorilla Glass and 30% more battery life. Those Samsung commercials about iPhone users hanging out along a wall to keep their iPhones working hits the mark. Not close. Absolutely TRUE! A game changer? If they bring out a 5" phone with a great camera and great display with a legitimate 2 to 3 day battery life, THAT would come close. But, I should warn them that my LG Optimus G Pro has a 5.5" screen, 13 MP camera and routinely gets three to four days between charges. They have a LOT of catching up to do. After they catch up, THEN we can talk about game changers.

  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2014, at 10:16 PM, djj711 wrote:

    I think Apple is going to win over a lot of new customers with this phone launch, including me. Android has some serious issues, namely the numerous versions, bloatware, Google's intrusiveness, and lack of timely software updates. Apps do not always perform smoothly because they are optimized to run on newer versions of Android. My year and a half old Motorola is stuck with an older version that will not be updated. My phone is practically useless. All of my other tech toys run on iOS or Mac OS, which is just superior in every way.

  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2014, at 6:15 AM, HarrisBond wrote:

    I want a jolla. That's a game changer

  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2014, at 9:54 AM, xMattPerkins wrote:

    The iPhone 6 and iPhone Air will be game changers because they will combine the best of both Android and iPhone 5s with added features and improvements.

    For instance. iPhone 6 will have a screen size comparable to Android phones. And while iOS 8 will not be as open as Android it will be more open than iOS 7. iPhone 6 and iPhone Air's battery should improve thanks to a more power friendly processor combined with Metal that should help render games even smoother than before. iPhone 6 won't beat Android in specs but it will see the biggest increase in processor speed in a long time going from a dual-core 1.3 GHz processor to a dual-core 2.0 GHz processor. Android users may laugh but remember the iPhone 5s beat the Galaxy S4 on some benchmark tests with half the specs the S4 had so twice the specs doesn't equal twice as good. And while the iPhone isn't going with expandable storage, you will get the 32 GB model for the same price as the iPhone 5s's 16 GB model, and if you get the iPhone Air you can get up to 128 GB.

    Now add these improvements to iPhone's already current advantages. Like being more secure, longer phone life-span, running apps better, and being a better gaming mobile OS combined with a better out of box experience and it's no shocker to see how the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air can be seen as game changers.

    Especially if you consider that by the end of 2015 90% of iPhone users will have fingerprint scanners while not even half of Android users will have that.

    And the added bonuses to the new iPhones? Sapphire screen which has been shown to be more durable than Gorilla glass. Liquid Metal is an upgrade to Aluminum as well. The ability to send texts from the lock screen is another nice feature. And finally Metal itself which Apple plans to use to make iOS compete more with PS4 and XBOX One rather than with Android and Windows Phone.

    These things is why the iPhone 6 and Air will be game changers. I mean imagine having a phone with the power of a console system one day. That in itself should amaze people.

  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2014, at 11:05 AM, Scott93274 wrote:

    The biggest complaint on modern smartphones today is the battery life. Currently Apple is among the top offenders in this category. As of right now, no one outside of Apple knows anything about the next iPhone. But if we were to go by rumors then their next phones will have considerably larger displays, sapphire glass, and battery capacity that falls significantly short of Android flagship phones.

    The larger display of the new phones will already have a significant impact on the battery, the sapphire glass which is considerably denser than Gorilla glass will also require the display to be brighter keep the screen from looking dull/dark. With the implementation of widgets in the new OS, that'll increase the amount of software running in the background and depending on the amount used per device, could potentially have a moderate impact on the device as well.

    I laugh at all the "Fool's" iPhone articles because it's painfully obvious that they're dramatically one sided in regards to wireless tech. Every feature Unveiled at WWDC was something that's been done on another mobile platform, many of those features being many years old on Android. Motley Fool also called the larger screens of the next iPhone "innovative" in another article. How's a large screen innovative? How is that something that no one else has done. I would also like to add that Apple is not the first company to release a smartphone with a sapphire display, that one goes to Android.

    Also when sapphire glass is concerned, I think it's a step in the wrong direction. Aside from the density of the glass limiting light through, it also is 10 times more costly than the current industry standard, and while it wont scratch unless you have it come in contact with another sapphire or diamond, it is actually more fragile than gorilla glass and will break easier when dropped. This is illustrated on youtube, do a simple search, you'll find it. I would have to say that a better alternative to sapphire glass would be a flexible display like the LG G-Flex. Not to say that a curved phone is the way to go, but this display won't be broken so easily.

    Google on the other hand, with Kit-Kat, optimized the Android OS to function on devices with as little as 512 MB of RAM. With Android "L", they're putting a lot of focus on battery life, early developer releases have indicated a 30% + increase in battery life across various Nexus Devices. Android L is also taking the leap to ART which will have a significant improvement in the responsiveness of apps, and each major release of the OS is universally agreed upon as a visual improvement over the previous release, unlike Apple where they had people crying over having regretted to moving to iOS 6, some people even threatening to sue over it. As a joke, or maybe they're completely serious about it, Google unveiled Cardboard, a DIY virtual reality solution that'll only cost you at most $20 and you can experience a VR world with your android phone. As bizarre as cardboard may be, it's just a simple example of all the wacky stuff Google has going on for Android.

    And if you want to talk about innovation and game changing technology, then look into Google's Project Ara. There's no other product like it, and it has the potential to disrupt the entire phone market. A modular smartphone costing as little as $50, with a potential limitless number of customizations and upgrades that could force other OEMs and cellular providers to rethink how they do do business.

    I'm obviously a Google fanboy, but the simple reason why is because Google is where the exciting stuff is happening. It's where you'll get to use all the awesome feature of an iPhone... 5 years before the iPhone gets it.

  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2014, at 11:36 AM, Scott93274 wrote:

    iPhone 6 will be the same as the iPhone 5S but with a larger display and more expensive components. If you want to talk about innovation and game changing, look at Google Project Ara. That'll rock the industry like not other smartphone since the original iPhone. Customizable, interchangeable modules, allowing users to build the specific phone that meets their exact needs. Get updated hardware without spending money on a whole new phone, now that's what I call original, that's what I call innovative, that's what I call a game changer.

    Only Google could have taken some cardboard and made it more impressive than anything at WWDC.

  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2014, at 10:12 PM, tmmp wrote:

    Modular phones? That's what I call Phonebloks.

    https://phonebloks.com/en

    A cool concept, but Google is hardly the innovator in this field. Hell, Modu was at it even before Phonebloks and Google. The point is that no one company has cornered the market on innovation. They all contribute and borrow design and engineering features from one another. As long as there is choice, we'll continue to see innovation...although unfortunately we'll all have to suffer through the incessant droning of Android fanboys, who have defined a new low for obnoxiousness. You're all just as insufferable as the Apple fanboys. Hey, you've become the very people you used to despise. Where are all the Windows people?

  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2014, at 10:54 PM, mgoldstein2284 wrote:

    www.appledrama.com had a similar post. The phone looks great but the big question, is the battery life really any better!!??

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