The part leaks for the next iPhone just keep coming, with what appears to be the entire display assembly being shown off overnight. The front frame and a metal shield separating the LCD from the rest of the internals have been laid bare, and there’s also a metal bracket covering the home button, according to MacRumors. A separate rumour says “an unprecedented number” of iPhone 6 orders are being placed by Apple, with the first batch estimated at 68 million units. So, you know, just a few.
A look at the rear assembly of the 4.7-inch iPhone kicks us off this morning. It’s a clearly unfinished part, with numerous screw holes that presumably won’t be present in the finished product. The design is all metal, with bands in the top and bottom that are for the antenna, and a cut-out Apple logo. The jury’s out on whether that will be for NFC communications, a light-up Apple logo, or simply just a more durable material, however.
So far, three parts from the next iPhone have been leaked. We’ve seen the power flex cable, the volume flex cable, and now, the SIM card tray. The new SIM card tray look indistinguishable from the current, and also confirm the next iPhone will come in silver (white), grey (black), and gold colour choices. In addition to the SIM card tray, a look at a sapphire glass cover (as rumoured to be included in the next iPhone) shows off some impressive durability against ordinary (and deliberate) scratch attempts.
Robots. That’s who will be building your next iPhone, if manufacturing company Foxconn go ahead with their plans to deploy the mechanical machines in their factories, noting that Apple will become one of their first partners. And I don’t just mean humans performing repetitive tasks for little pay, I mean solid metal “Foxbots” capable of assembling 30,000 devices a piece.
The only piece of Apple-related news over the weekend was how Apple has hired one Patrick Pruniaux, the former Vice President for Sales and Retail at Tag Heuer. CNBC has reported that Pruniaux will be working on the “iWatch”, and Engadget writes “clearly, the team in Cupertino wants someone who can market wristwear to a large audience.”
For a guy that writes about Apple stuff every day, I sure don’t buy a lot of stuff from Apple. But every so often, I’ll have a look around on the Apple Online Store, just to keep myself in the loop. I find the list of exclusives particularly exhilarating. Sure, most of the time you can get the products elsewhere, but often the Apple Online Store offers exclusive colour options, such as the snazzy-looking rainbow UE Boom from Logitech. The exclusives list really has it all, seeing as there’s everything from the mundane (cases, cable organisers), to more exciting accessories, such as the Stratus wireless gaming controllers or Sphero 2.0. The Schatzii Smart Cloth, I’m pretty sure, fall into the latter category.
After posting about a September 25th launch for Apple’s next iPhone, MacRumors has confirmed with their sources their date is accurate. They’re saying the next iPhone will launch in early September and start shipping later in the month, which aligns with previous iPhone announcements; the iPhone 5 was announced on September 12 and shipped on the 21st, and the iPhone 5s was announced on the 10th and shipped on the 20th.
Back when Apple showed off the tap-to-talk voice messaging features in iOS 8, I said it was a pretty standard thing in Asian countries. And today, one analyst has revealed Tim Cook saw this very phenomenon for himself, walking down the streets of China. There, people speak into their phones to send voice messages instead of pecking at an on-screen keyboard. It’s like leaving someone voice mail, only instantaneously — and there’s even the possibility you’ll be able to do it with the thing you wear on your wrist in the coming months.
See that right there? That’s the purported volume/mute switch flex cable for the iPhone 6. It’s unknown whether the part comes from the 4.7 or 5.5-inch model, but what we do know is that this time around, the volume/mute switch are separate parts to the sleep/wake switch, possibly due to a relocation of the sleep/wake switch to the right edge thanks to the larger size of the upcoming iPhone. Also: hello, blurry cam, it’s been a while.
Up first this morning are a few comparison shots of the glass destined for use in the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone, in both black and white varieties. The thing to bear in mind with all these mockups and part leaks, though, is that the design isn’t final; notably, the back panel with the horizontal white stripes will differ from the final design, which is expected to feature glass like the iPhone 5 before it. The latest rumour surrounding production of the iPhone suggests yield issues due to Apple’s decision to make this the thinnest iPhone ever.