A new set of fuzzy photos featuring components purported to be for the iPhone 6 and 5S fits into the latest rumors that Apple plans on a larger-screened “phablet” iPhone, as well as “el cheap-o” version for the developing world.
I’ve always been both skeptical and resentful of the obligatory “iPhone block speaker parts leak photos,” which have become a kind of tired convention in the iPhone rumor mills. Rarely corroborated, never challenged, these fuzzy photos seem to appear long before the launch of the real production ramp-up for the next iPhone, and they always look essentially the same. They seem easy to fake, easy to Photoshop — and the photo above is no exception.
With that being said, let’s go through the motions, since this is, after, all the iPhone 6 News Blog.
According to the Daily Mail, these photos:
” . . .were apparently leaked online by an employee of the Far Eastern company which manufactures the parts for the Silicon Valley tech giant. The rather fuzzy images purport to show the block speaker parts which will be used on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. Both parts appear to be similar in design to the part currently used in iPhone 5s, but the one thought to be for the iPhone 6 is slightly smaller. It is speculated that this could actually be designed for the as-yet hypothetical 4.8in iPhone, an iPhone Mini or a possible budget iPhone.
The problem with these photos — in addition to being fuzzy, nondescript, and vague, are that they fit too well into the far-flung rumors that Apple is planning both a mammoth 4.8″-screen iPhone, as well a plastic “el cheap-o” iPhone model for the developing world, all in a bid to challenge Samsung, who all of a sudden has become the gold stand in the smartphone marketplace. The plan appears to be to ascribe “iPhone 5S” and “iPhone 6″ to these two new iPhone models in some way or another.
Perhaps the most believable aspect of these photos is the fact that the purported iPhone 5S component is indeed remarkably similar to that of its iPhone 5 counterpart — which would support the notion that the 2013 iPhone release will indeed be a refreshed iPhone 5S and not an overhauled iPhone 6. This photo, however, seems more in line with the dual-release rumor — a strain that was tried in 2011. Once again, we’re being floated the idea that tim Cook will take the stage in 2013 with two iPhones in his hands — a big, fat one and a cheap, plastic one.
One of the challenges that having glimpses at new Apple gear — clearly a new strategy by Apple’s marketing department — is that, because the rumor mill actually managed to get some things right for a change, now the sketchy stuff appears more legitimate as well. But without any hot production rumors — or the release of iOS 7 beta — I don’t think these photos tell us much of anything.
By Michael Nace