Time and time again, we’ve seen a mix of questionable rumored iPhone parts hit the rumor mill well before the official release of the new smartphone. In recent years, these leaks have become increasingly authentic and accurate. All of this comes to bear on the newly-leaked image above, which purports to show an iPhone 6 screen with no bezel.
If the screen is authentic, then it is bad news for iPhone enthusiasts who are calling for a new screen size that approaches 5 inches.
According to GSMArena, the purported iPhone 6 screen with no side bezels allow ” . . . for a notably larger screen to fit in the same footprint. However, even so, our calculation show that the new panel can only accommodate a 4.3” display – far smaller than the initially rumored 4.7”-5” screens.”
I like the prospect of this screen being authentic, since I think that the design of it is in line with what we could expect as a realistic move for Apple: keep the iPhone 6 in line with the specs of the 5/5S and expand the screen marginally in order to demonstrate that they are committed to continuing to evolve the display size. We know from experience that Steve Jobs did not share the view that the iPhone would eventually need to sport a 5-inch-plus display in order to remain viable — a design ethic that still likely perseveres in the ranks of Cupertino designers. All in all, Apple will seek to keep the iPhone 6 looking and feeling like an iPhone, and as a result, they are unlikely, in my opinion, to dramatically redrew its measurements.
That being said, the notion that the size bezels might be gone on the iPhone 6 would indeed give the device a completely new looks, and if they manage to make it even thinner, then it will be even more next-generation than the current iPhone 5S.
We heard earlier that production appears to be ramping up in Asia — a sign that has been misinterpreted to mean a Summer release, but could be a signal of a very overhauled iPhone 6. This screen could be a byproduct of the ramping-up process. And in true Apple form, they very well may be allowing us to see this screen to begin backing down expectations that the next iPhone is going to be the sprawling phablet that many believe it will be.