Images of alleged Apple iPhone 6 prototype from factory leaked

Images of alleged Apple iPhone 6 prototype from factory leaked

With the three major Android flagship smartphones announced and available soon, Apple's next generation iPhone is now in the crosshairs of leakers.

Three images of an alleged Apple iPhone 6 prototype have been posted on Weibo, which are said to originate from an employee in Foxconn. The prototype device is said to be undergoing tests at the production facility.

Based on the images, the next generation iPhone appears to have a thinner design with rounded edges and a protruding camera like the current iPod Touch. As the images show the rear of the device, it is difficult to estimate its display size.

Bloomberg reported in November 2013 that Apple is working on two iPhone models - a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch model - for release in the second half of 2014. Earlier last month, the first images surfaced on Twitter depicting a thinner design with ultra thin bezel. It is rumored to come with a 2.6GHz A8 processor, an "Ultra-Retina" display and a 10-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture.

While we advise readers to take these reports with a pinch of salt, it is noteworthy to mention that Apple CEO Tim Cook said he would not rule out the possibility of introducing a bigger iPhone.

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New iPhone likely out in September: Nikkei
AFP report

TOKYO - Apple is to release its newest iPhone in September, with higher resolution and bigger screens, a report said Friday, its latest salvo in the smartphone wars where it has lost global market share to rivals such as Samsung.

The new handset, expected to be called the iPhone 6, is to come in two versions with a 4.7- or 5.5-inch screen, both bigger than the current four-inch panel, the respected Nikkei business daily said, without citing sources.

US-based Apple is ordering its higher-resolution liquid crystal display screens from Japanese electronics giant Sharp, Japan Display and South Korea's LG Display, it added.

Apple released the iPhone 5 in September 2012 and newer versions in the series last year.

A Japan-based spokesman for the California tech giant could not be immediately reached for comment on the Nikkei report, which was widely picked up by a string of technology news websites.

The Nikkei story comes after Taiwan's Commercial Times said this month that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. had started producing chips for the next iPhone.

That news fed rumours that Apple is reducing its reliance for parts on South Korean giant Samsung, its main competitor in the mobile phone market and a bitter rival with which it is contesting several copyright court battles globally.

Samsung in February unveiled its new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone armed with a fingerprint scanner and a built-in heart rate sensor, as it tries to cement its leadership of the multibillion-dollar market.

However, the South Korean giant voiced annoyance after domestic telecoms operators released its latest smartphone ahead of schedule in order to dodge sales restrictions imposed by regulators. The world's biggest mobile phone maker had planned a worldwide debut of the Galaxy S5 on April 11.

Samsung made about 30 per cent of all smartphones sold globally last year, nearly twice the share of Apple.

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