WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 − Is the image above a good approximation of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6? The much anticipated new phone, alleged to offer a choice of two larger screens, is scheduled to be released any time between July 1 and the end of the year if Apple rumor-mongers are to be believed.
The photo above is a screen shot from a French video, according to a report in Apple rumor pub “Appleinsider,” which notes
The model sports rounded edges, a relocated power button, and a rounded flash, matching up with what many believe the device will look like. The video was first published by French blog nowhereelse.fr.
According to the publication, the model also lines up with previous rumors of a slim, 6-millimeter cross-section. That was said to be so svelte that Apple was having trouble manufacturing batteries to fit within its profile.
A similar mockup came to light earlier this week, featuring a slightly protruding rear camera, which this new video does not show. Some believe that Apple initially planned to ship the so-called iPhone 6 with such a design but later altered the internal layout to allow for a flat rear casing.
What has been provisionally confirmed, via several sources, is that Apple has been having some difficulties integrating a battery that accommodates the new phone’s incredibly thin profile. The new model also purportedly will be the first to make use of sapphire laminate technologies or sapphire glass to battle-harden the iPhone’s prone-to-shatter glass surface as we reported in an earlier column.
The French YouTube video appears below. But remember, at this point, the purported iPhone is only a rumor. (Also note the suspiciously Far Eastern music playing in the background.)
Meanwhile, we’re wondering if Apple’s always-busy lawyers are already in contact with our Gallic friends.