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New Photo of Alleged iPhone 6 Manufacturing Mold Hints at 4.7-Inch Display

Over the weekend, several photos surfaced reportedly showing details on manufacturing molds for the iPhone 6. While the manufacturing mold photos left it unclear as to the size of the device body it would yield, a new photo shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] shows a nearly identical mold with an iPhone 4s placed next to it for comparison. Calculations based on the comparison suggest that the mold could in fact yield a device with a display of roughly 4.7 inches, in line with the rumored size for the smaller of the two iPhone 6 models.

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One source of uncertainty lies in the shape of the mold, which is tapered. But Nowhereelse.fr believes that there are additional pieces yet to be attached to the bottom of the mold, pieces which would result in the iPhone's body being formed at the wider portion of the mold depression.
Some of the holes that were drilled into the block in fact serve to fix the inserts which will form a crude which is then machined housing (finishes) using a CNC milling machine. Thus, and assuming that my theory is correct, the dimensions of the box will be determined by the widest part and not the bottom of the mold.

In this assumption, I started to resize the photo to scale against me in reference to the size of the iPhone 4s. I then measured the dimensions of the widest part of the mold which is approximately 138mm long by 64mm wide.
By superimposing and resizing an iPhone 5s image into the mold and aligning it with the wider portion of the depression, Nowhereelse.fr determines that the device's screen would be roughly 12 centimeters or 4.7 inches diagonally.

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iPhone 5s superimposed and resized to 4.7-inch display (Source: Nowhereelse.fr)

Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to launch later this year, with the 4.7-inch model perhaps preceding an even larger 5.5-inch model by a few months. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek today reported that Apple is negotiating with carriers for a $100 price increase on the iPhone 6 as the device gets larger and the company packs more technology into it.

Related roundup: iPhone 6

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27 weeks ago
Fake. Photo isn't grainy enough.
Rating: 31 Votes
27 weeks ago
I bet they're already trying to identify that shoe's owner :p
Rating: 25 Votes
27 weeks ago
In the old days, we would start seeing part leaks, such as headphone jack connector, camera connector, etc. Nowadays, leaks start from molds. In the future, we might start seeing Ive`s dreams leaking.:p
Rating: 23 Votes
27 weeks ago

So much for "doubling down" on security Tim.


Lol havent heard this one before.

:rolleyes:
Rating: 19 Votes
27 weeks ago
why couldn't it be compared next to, i don't know.. an iPhone 5/5s?
Rating: 17 Votes
27 weeks ago
and people say phablets look stupid :p

Rating: 17 Votes
27 weeks ago
this doesnt look like a mold, it looks like a jig used to hold a part while its on the CNC mill
Rating: 17 Votes
27 weeks ago
Actually I just checked and the Nexus 5 is 137.84mm tall x 69.17mm wide and that has a 5" screen. So you're telling me Apple is going to make a bigger phone with a smaller screen? Their engineering team is that off their rocker? I don't buy it, I'm sorry I just don't... maybe this mold is for the 5.5" screen but it most certainly can't be the 4.7"... If it is then Apple has truly fallen off as a whole... first software with iOS 7 being awful and now hardware design/engineering...


Rating: 12 Votes
27 weeks ago
This is going to be one tall-ass phone, i just drew the provided dimensions on paper, it doesn't look natural. :confused:
Rating: 11 Votes
27 weeks ago
^^ lots of drama based on ignorance of manufacturing processes ^^

Why such dramatic swings of faux annoyance and so much drama-queening?

You guys are saps - wait for the launch, and stop pretending to suddenly know all about manufacturing processes; you get yourselves all carried away on tides of emotion... and for what - a "leaked" photo of something with no foundation of proof?

I laugh at you.

PS: Next person to think themselves amusing with the "doubling down" nonsense gets a smack round the head with a wet kipper.

If you have such little faith in Apple's design prowess, why are you still coming to an Apple-biased forum?
Rating: 11 Votes

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